Police : Frequently Asked Questions

Are Northside Police Officers real police?

Yes. All Northside Police Officers are commissioned peace officers licensed by the State of Texas. They have full arrest powers and authority.

Can NISD Police Officers make arrests off campus?

Yes. Northside Police Officers can arrest offenders of the law both on and off campus.

Can a Northside Police Officer issue me a traffic ticket?

Yes. Northside Police Officers are authorized to issue traffic citations. We have traffic units that monitor speed in school zones using radar, on or off school property.

What court do I go to if I get a ticket from a Northside Officer?

If you receive a ticket from a Northside Officer, you will be required to appear in the appropriate Justice of the Peace Court.

What happens if I don't pay my ticket?

If you do not appear in court or pay your fine, a warrant for your arrest may be issued by the court.

What are the requirements to become a Northside Police Officer?

To become a police officer in the State of Texas, candidates must complete 576 hours of extensive training in an approved Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) academy and pass the state licensing exam.

This allows a candidate to be licensed as a Texas Peace Officer. Officers are required to take forty hours of TCLEOSE approved continuing education courses every two years to maintain licensure.

Licensed peace officers must possess a high school diploma or GED. Many agencies are now requiring some college hours or a degree. Northside ISD encourages its officers to continue their education and provides TCLEOSE continuing education courses to maintain their license.

How do I report an incident to the Northside Police Department?

To report an incident occurring on school property or involving students, call the Northside ISD Police Dispatcher at (210) 397-5600, 24 hours a day. Be prepared to give as much of the following information as possible:

  • What happened?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Did any injuries occur?
  • Were any weapons involved?
  • A description of the suspects.
  • A description of any vehicles involved.
  • Are the suspects still at the scene?
  • Direction the suspects fled.

Stay on the line until the dispatcher ends the call. An Officer will be dispatched to the location immediately.