In January 2010, a group of police officers and inspectors from various departments within The University of Texas (UT) met in Austin and formed the Texas System Police Association (TSPA). The idea behind the organization was to give voice to the concerns of the campus and Independent School District Police Personnel. The TSPA is committed to police officer retirement reform within the Teacher Retirement System. Currently an officer in TRS will retire with an annual income about 10% lower then an officer in ERS. The TSPA represents its members before the Texas Legislature, State University Boards of Regents, their Chancellors, College Boards of Trustees, and ISD School Boards.
The TSPA then focused on legislation that would improve the lives of its members. The first success was getting the legislature to put university police put in a seperate TRS classification. The TSPA representatives continue working with Texas lawmakers. The TSPA newsletter began to print in late 2010 and continues to be the best source for information on issues pertaining to university and ISD police law enforcement as a whole. The hard work continues and the TSPA is always looking for those who want to take on a leadership role in our organization.
Next, TSPA secured supplemental legal coverage for its members in the form of representation during departmental development counselings and written reprimands. TSPA Pays up to $1000.00 in legal fees. This coverage acts as additional coverage on top of the primary coverage a member may have from TMPA, CLEAT, or FOP. NOTE: TSPA is not a replacement for TMPA, CLEAT or FOP.
TSPA offers its members a $1000.00 death benefit effective after one year of membership, in the advent the member were to die for any reason.
TSPA also offers ALL its members a $500.00 weapon reimbursement benefit for a personal weapon stolen or put into evidence pending trial.
TSPA offers ALL its members up to 3 days of suspension reimbursement pay.
Other agencies soon began to see the good work of the TSPA, and they joined our ranks. The TSPA welcomed members from many different agencies and is now the leading campus police association for Texas. Many issues pertaining to campus law enforcement, especially retirement issues and salary, cross institutional lines and it makes sense for employees from all those institutions to band together for the common good. The TSPA is always on a recruitment drive because membership numbers matter in the legislature. The TSPA encourages all employees of any campus department to join.
Currently, TSPA is the largest and most proactive Police Officer Association representing college, university and ISD Police with pension issues in the State of Texas. It cost $7 per month to belong to TSPA. If you pay annually using a credit card on auto pay it is only $77.00 per year.
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Dallas, TX 75219