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Gov. Perry Ceremonially Signs Law to Help Protect Peace Officer Integrity

Location: Arlington, TX

Gov. Perry Ceremonially Signs Law to Help Protect Peace Officer Integrity

Says Great Strides Were Made to Help Law Enforcement in Legislative Session

Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed a law that will shine a light on bad police officers who move from town to town because of poor performance or unethical behavior. The Governor, who signed the bill at the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) annual conference, also highlighted the accomplishments made on behalf of peace officers by the Texas legislature and urged the group to support education reform and property tax reduction bills currently moving through the legislative process.

"I am always proud to stand with members of law enforcement because I represent 22 million Texans who, like me, are extremely grateful for the work you do to ensure this state remains a land of law and order," Perry said. "As governor you have much more than my sincere thanks, you have my firm commitment that this state will be one that values the sacrifices of peace officers and provides you the tools you need to do your job."

At the event Perry signed into law HB 2677, which was a top priority for TMPA. The bill will help put a stop to "gypsy cops," who jump from town to town because of poor performance or unethical behavior. Perry said the bill will "protect law enforcement agencies, the citizens of this state and the reputation of all who carry the badge with honor."

Perry also noted other measures passed in the recently concluded regular legislative session that will greatly benefit law enforcement, including:

* Cracking down on the methamphetamine dealers and users who are endangering the lives of thousands of civilians and the officers who protect them.
* Reforming the state's protective services agencies so that law enforcement will be notified immediately anytime the state identifies a child that is a victim of felony abuse, and increasing penalties for making false reports of abuse or neglect.

Perry also noted that he vetoed a bill that would have made it more difficult for law enforcement to do their jobs - SB 1195 - which would have required an officer to get taped or written consent to search a suspect's vehicle. "This bill would have, in many cases, placed an extra burden on officers on the street and would have communicated an unspoken but clear message of distrust toward our peace officers," Perry said.

Perry also urged the group to support efforts underway in the Texas legislature to improve the quality of education provided Texas schoolchildren and to provide record property tax relief. "Write, e-mail, call, blog or send a telegram to Austin and tell your legislators to get the job done, get the job done right and get the job done right now," Perry said.

"This special session we are on the verge of providing record funding for schools, needed reforms in the classroom and historic property tax relief of more than $7 billion," Perry said. "We can cut school property taxes and still provide close to $5 billion in additional money for our classrooms if legislators finish the job."

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