Flashcards in 400-02 HPD Badges, ID Cards, and Challenge Coins Deck (21)
Employees shall carry their 10 card with them while on duty, wearing a department uniform, performing police-related extra employment, or on police property (see General Order 400-22, Keys and Passwords).
Officers not in uniform and who are acting in an undercover capacity are exempt from this requirement, although plainclothes and civilian employees are always required to present their ID card to enter a police building.
Officers shall give their name, badge number, and other pertinent information to any person requesting such facts unless doing so would compromise a police assignment.
Whenever away from police property, uniformed police officers shall not acknowledge or show recognition of another police officer in civilian clothes unless that officer first addresses the uniformed officer.
Whenever employees are on police property, they shall wear their official HPD identification prominently displayed at or above the waist on the front of their person so that the employee's photograph and narne are easily visible. Only classified officers wearing a department uniform are exempt from this requirement (see General Order 300-15, Appearance and Grooming Standards - Classified).
Officers desiring to purchase a specialized badge shall submit a written request through their chain of command (assistant chief level) to the assistant chief of Professional Development Command.
To determine the retirement status of a retiring HPD officer, the department shall utilize the separation criteria set forth in the Separation of Licensee (F-5) form from the Texas Commission on law Enforcement (TCOlE).
Employees may review the separation criteria on the F-5 at the Texas Commission on law Enforcement Web site.
Retirement status for HPD officers shall be based on the following three TCOLE separation categories:
a. Honorably Discharged. If a retired officer meets one of the conditions for honorably discharged as listed in the F-5, the officer shall receive, upon request, an identification card issued by HPD identifying the officer as an honor
ably retired HPD officer, and the officer shall be afforded all rights and privileges of an honorably retired police officer.
b. General Discharge. If a retired officer meets one of the conditions for general discharge as listed in the F-5, the officer shall not be given any type of HPD identification unless the following circumstances exist:
If the officer retires during a pending internal investigation in which the officer is a target or potential target and the officer cooperates in the investigation and the investigation results in a Category D cite or less against the officer, the retired officer may be granted honorably discharged status and receive the rights and privileges of an honorably retired police officer.
c. Dishonorably Discharged. If a retired officer meets one of the conditions for dishonorably discharged as listed in the F-5, the officer shall not be given any type of HPD identification.
Under certain conditions, officers who honorably retire or promote may retain their badge and hat shield. Officers shall submit a written request through their chain of command (assistant chief level) to the assistant chief of Professional Development Command. The request must specify the badge and hat shield shall be mounted permanently on a plaque or other form of display.
A badge and hat shield may be retained or obtained if requested by:
a. An officer retiring honorably from the department.
b. An officer receiving a promotion.
c. A designated beneficiary (or estate if no beneficiary exists) of a deceased officer who did or would have resigned or retired honorably from the department.
When a designated beneficiary or estate of a deceased officer requests an officer's badge and hat shield, the request shall be routed to the Professional Development Command. That command shall contact the beneficiary in writing with instructions regarding how to obtain the badge and hat shield. The department letter shall state that the badge and hat shield are to be mounted permanently on a plaque or other form of display.
Any retired officer failing to meet honorably retired status criteria shall not be given any type of HPD ID card. The Chief of Police shall have the final say as to an employee's retirement status and whether or not the retired officer receives any badge, hat shield, HPD ID card, or challenge coin upon retirement.
When employees receive disciplinary suspensions of 15 days or less and the discipline is handled at the division level, employees shall be allowed to retain their badge, hat shield, ID card, challenge coin, and keys. The suspension paperwork shall instruct employees regarding limitation of activities and use of credentials during the term of the suspension.
Suspensions of 16 days or greater shall be administered by Internal Affairs/Central Intake Office (IAD/CIO). In these instances, the employee's badge, hat shield, ID card, challenge coin, and keys shall be confiscated and stored in ESD.
When employees are relieved of duty, their badge, hat shield, all official ID and security credentials, challenge coin and keys (as defined in General Order 400-22, Keys and Passwords) shall be confiscated and stored in ESD (see General Order 200-03, Investigation of Employee Misconduct).
While the incident shall not be handled as a supervisory intervention investigation, any corrective action may include a supervisory intervention, if appropriate. The department shall seek restitution from the employee for the total cost of the property if the loss or damage is a result of negligence.
When employees' badges, hat shields, or ID cards are lost, stolen, or damaged, employees shall do all of the following:
a. Report the incident immediately to their supervisor.
b. Have an incident report generated,
c. Send an administrative letter to their division commander via the chain of command.
The employee's immediate supervisor shall investigate the incident and submit to the division commander a written report that includes all of the following:
d. A copy of the incident report.
e. The employee's administrative letter.
f. A description of the item including its replacement or repair value as determined by ESD.
ESD may establish additional procedures for replacement of lost, stolen, or damaged badges, ID cards, or hat shields. Such procedures shall be documented in ESD's standard operating procedures and shall not conflict with this General Order. ESD shall make these replacement procedures available to employees upon request. Employees shall obey these additional procedures.
If a challenge coin is lost or stolen, the employee shall make an appointment and meet with the Chief of Police to be issued a replacement coin. An incident report or administrative letter is not required.