Texas Law with Police Officer Complaints

Texas Government Code § 614.022

Texas Government Code § 614.022 states complaint must be in writing and signed by Complainant to be considered by the head of a state agency or by the head of a fire or police department.

Texas Government Code § 614.023

  1. A copy of a signed complaint against a law enforcement officer, fire fighter, or police officer shall be given to the officer or employee within a reasonable time after the complaint is filed.
  2. Disciplinary action may not be taken against the officer or employee unless a copy of the signed complaint is given to the officer or employee.

Texas Penal Code § 37.02. Perjury

Texas Penal Code § 37.02. Perjury states:

  1. A person commits an offense if, with intent to deceive and with knowledge of the statement's meaning:
    1. He makes a false statement under oath or swears to the truth of a false statement previously made and the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath or 
    2. He makes a false un-sworn declaration under Chapter 132, Civil Practice and Remedies Code.
  2. An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.