Texas Law Enforcement Records Association
Q: WHAT IS “T.L.E.R.A.”?
A: T.L.E.R.A., or the Texas Law Enforcement Records Association, is a private group comprised of and opens to Law Enforcement Records Divisions in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties, though membership is not limited to agencies in these counties. Members gather quarterly to discuss issues that affect us as Records Personnel so that we can work more efficiently and in accordance with new and current laws. Attorneys and members of state agencies are routinely asked to donate their time to these conferences so that we can get “official” answers to some of the more problematic issues that Records Personnel face today. Some areas of interest include:
UCR / IBR Coding Scenarios
- Retention and Dissemination of Data
- Open Records
- Alarm Permits
- And any other topic that may be of interest to Records Divisions!
Q: WHERE DID “T.L.E.R.A.” COME FROM?
A: Look anywhere and one can find a number of schools for Police Officers, Investigators, Property Technicians, Crime Scene Technicians, Dispatchers, and Detention Officers. Unfortunately, there is no abundance of training sessions or schools geared towards Records Personnel. T.L.E.R.A. was organized in 1997 by and for Records personnel as an answer to this predicament. We can now regularly gather in one place and seek solutions to wide variety problems unique to our line of work.
Q: WHAT CAN “T.L.E.R.A.” DO FOR ME?
A: Are you having trouble deciding how to code that offense or process that Open Records Request? Are you stumped about the juvenile records retention schedule? Do Expunction Orders have you running for the hills? Chances are, a number of other agencies have the same questions you do. This is where T.L.E.R.A. comes to the rescue! Pose your questions and concerns to the group, and everyone comes together to find common solutions to even more common dilemmas.
Q: WHAT CAN I DO FOR “T.L.E.R.A.”?
A: Don’t be afraid to get involved – ask questions and offer solutions! You may bring light to a situation that no one else may have thought of or offer a highly effective answer to a troubling situation. You can also offer to host the next conference. By being a team player, you help not only yourself, but also your fellow Records Personnel. Together, we can achieve more!
Q: HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF “T.L.E.R.A.”?
A: Simply complete the enclosed membership application; collect $40.00 to pay your agency’s dues for the year, and mail to the address indicated at the bottom of the form. Upon receipt of your application and dues, your information will be entered into a master database, and you will be contacted via E-mail as soon as the next conference is scheduled. It’s just that easy!
Q: CAN YOU EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT THE YEARLY DUES?
A: Each member agency is required to submit $60.00 for the yearly dues. This payment covers your entire agency, not just a specified number of people! Whether you have 2 members or 12, $60.00 covers everyone. Membership dues are payable by cash, check, or money order, and cover an agency’s membership in T.L.E.R.A. from October of this year through September of next year. Dues cover the cost of your attendance at all meetings. In addition, the money that is collected is used to pay for guest speakers such as attorneys and representatives from the state. Where else can you get so much service for such a convenient price?
Q: DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE MY EMAIL ADDRESS?
A: It is not mandatory to provide your email address. However, legislative changes and questions affecting Texas Records Divisions routinely occur between our meetings, and we make every effort to notify member agencies of these changes as we become aware of them. The easiest way to do this is to send out a mass E-mail. As an added bonus, if you find yourself in a challenging situation between meetings, we welcome you to pose your concerns in a mass E-mail. Within the day, you’ll have advice and/or definitive answers from other members and you may even help out another agency or two in the process. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!
E-mail is also used to pass along information regarding upcoming conferences. This information includes the date and time of the conference, the location of the conference (a different agency hosts every time), and any other information that may be pertinent at the time.
Q: WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
A: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the individuals listed below: