Flashcards in General Orders 100-03 Definitions Deck (181):
What is Gender/
Use of the masculine gender also
includes the feminine gender and vice versa,
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Automated Fingerprint Identification
Administrative Personnel Committee
Automated Vehicle Location
Absent Without Leave
Absent Without Permission
Office of Budget and Finance
B and T
Burglary and Theft Division
Computer Aided Dispatch
Conducted Energy Device
Call for Service
Central Intake Office
Criminal Justice Information Services
Combined DNA Index System
City of Houston
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Court System Management and Resource Technology
Divisional Gang Unit
District Attorney Intake Management System
Differential Response Team
Emergency Communications Division
Family Medical Leave Act
Full Time Equivalent
Harris Count Sheriff's Office
Houston Emergency Center
Houston Police Department
Internal Affairs/ Central Intake Office
Injured On Duty
Learning Management System
Mobile Computing Device
National Crime Information Center
National Data Exchange
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System
Office Of Inspector General
Personal Fitness and Training
Positive Interaction Program
Police Personnel System
Police Roll Call and Equipment
Paid Time Off
Regular Day Off
Records Management System
Systems Applications and Products
Southeast Texas Crime Information Center
Standard Operating Procedure
Strategic Officer Staffing Program
Special Response Group
Special Weapons and Tactics
This is a brand name and registered trademark:
therefore, the department officially uses the term
conducted energy device (CED)
Texas Crime Information Center
Texas Commission On Law Enforcement
Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System
Texas Department of Transportation
Uniform Crime Reporting
Web Incident Report Entry System
A civilian supervisor equivalent to the rank of an assistant chief.
A civilian supervisor equivalent to the rank of a lieutenant.
An area within a district assigned to officers for patrol purposes.
Officers who have obtained department bilingual certification.
See Police Blotter.
All days in a given time period including weekends,
holidays, and day off.
Central Police Complex
The Police Department buildings and property located at or adjacent to 61 Riesner Street.
Chain Of Command
The line of authority extending from the Chief of Police
through a single subordinate at each level of command.
Persons not employed by the Houston Police Department.
There are two common ways of referring
to the city of Houston. When the word
City is capitalized, it refers to the entities
that govern the city (e.g., City of Houston
Legal Department, City Council, City property).
When the word city is in lower case, it
refers to the city of Houston as a geographic location
A full service detention facility
such as those located at the Southeast Police
Station and the Central Police Complex. (See also Lockup Facility).
Civil Service Commission
employees, this term refers to the Police
Officers' Civil Service Commission of the
City of Houston. For civilian employees,
this term refers to the City of Houston, Municipal
Employees' Civil Service Commission
A civilian employee or that which pertains to a civilian employee.
Civilian Employee or Personnel
of the Houston Police Department
who is classified as a municipal employee of the City Of
That which pertains to persons
classified as officers in accordance with
Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government
Classified Employee or Personnel.
of the Houston Police Department
classified as officers in accordance with
Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code.
An advisory board to the
Chief of Police consisting of all members of
the Executive Staff plus all commanders and
Any employee holding the
rank of captain or above (or civilian equivalent)
supervising a detail, unit, division, office, or command
An officer assigned
to exercise authority over one or more organizational
units of the department.
Daily Activity Report
See Work Card.
See Regular Day Off.
Unless otherwise noted, when
used as a stand-alone word, department refers
to the Houston Police Department.
A civilian supervisor
equivalent to the rank of executive assistant chief.
All mid managers and above
can appoint an official acting position or a
designee to perform in their stead when
they are unavailable. The term is assumed
with these positions and therefore does not need to be stated.
A group of employees assigned a
specified mission; usually a group within an organizational unit.
An employee assigned to
Emergency Communications Division with
responsibility for receiving and assigning calls for service.
A geographic area within the city limits containing police beats
Any employee with
the rank of captain (or civilian equivalent) supervising a division.
Without any limiting word or
phrase, employee refers to both classified
and civilian employees of the Houston Police Department.
Employee Performance Rating
evaluation of a subordinate employee's
ability to perform assigned tasks.
An advisory board to the
Chief of Police consisting of all executive
assistant chiefs; all assistant chiefs; and the
directors of Legal Services and the Offices
of Budget and Finance, Public Affairs, Technology Services, and Planning.
Employee designated by
the City of Houston Human Resources Department
as exempt from overtime compensation
under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Extra Employment or Extra Job.
Any employment engaged in while off duty. This
definition includes unpaid police-related
work done for a charitable or nonprofit organization.
See Police Headquarters.
An official written account:
of an incident or situation (either brought to
the attention of or seen by an employee) assigned a unique incident number by the
Incident Report Title
The identifying title of an offense, complaint, or incident used in an incident report.
Involuntary removal of an employee from employment with the department and the City of Houston after the probationary period.
The regular or periodic examination of personnel regarding appearance, uniforms, equipment, duties, or operations
according to standards established by General
Orders or standard operating procedures
The internal computer network
linking department microcomputers to each
other and to the department mainframe
computer. This is a closed system accessible
only through department computer terminals.
This is not to be confused with the
Internet. See also General Orders 400-13,
Police Computer Systems and 400-19, Microcomputer Regulations.
The department's internal
Web site for accessing applications, division
Web pages, department directives and
forms, and other data and information
available on the department's local/wide area
computer network, the contents of which
are proprietary. The use of this network or
its contents is regulated by various department
General Orders and other policies
concerning computer access and use of information.
Length of Service.
The time calculated
from the date of employment by the City.
Previous service shall be added when calculating length of service.
A police station detention
facility having only partial prisoner processing
and handling services. (See also City Jail).
The elapsed time a person has
been an employee of the City of Houston.
An amount of compensation,
as authorized by City Councilor state law, based on years of service.
A supervisor with the rank of captain
or civilian equivalent. When used as a job title denotes civilian status.
When appearing in written policies
and procedures, the word may indicates an area or course of permissive or discretionary
The person empowered
by state law to investigate and determine the cause of death of a person.
Medical Examiner Investigator.
representing or accompanying the
medical examiner in gathering information
and evidence relative to the circumstances of an individual's death.
A supervisor with the rank of lieutenant or civilian equivalent.
Minimum Staffing Levels
levels below which operation of the department
would create an undue burden to on duty
staff and jeopardize the delivery of necessary police services.
The status of employees. when
they are free of the responsibility to perform their routine duties.
Off the Air.
The status of an employee who is not available for radio communication.
An employee who is classified in
accordance with Chapter 143 of the Texas
Local Government Code. Without any limiting
word or phrase, officer refers to any or
all classified employees of the Police Department.
issued by the department containing the employee's name and photograph.
The status of an employee who is
scheduled and present for department duties
On the Air
The status of an employee available for radio communication.
A written or oral instruction or directive
issued by a supervisor to a subordinate
Out of Service
The status of an employee not available for service calls.
Out on Traffic
The status of an officer who
is temporarily engaged in a traffic stop but
is maintaining radio communication.
in the form of pay or time off for time worked
in excess of an officer's regular shift or a civilian
employee's workweek and in accordance
with federal and state statutes, the
City of Houston Code of Ordinances, and
the applicable Meet and Confer Agreements.
This does not apply to exempt employees.
Paid Time Off (PTO)
For officers, PTO incorporates
and replaces the sick and vacation
leave banks and specifically excludes
the compensatory time off bank and holiday
The 14-day period beginning
on the Saturday before a department payday
Friday and continuing through the Friday
two weeks later.
Permanent Extra Employment.
Extra employment lasting more than 30 calendar
Personal Day (PD).
Incentive leave for officers,
carrying no cash value, given under
the department's Meet and Confer Agreement.
Personal Fitness and Training (PFT) Hours
Incentive leave for officers, carrying
no cash value, given under the department's
Fitness and Training Program.
Refers to all types of leave for employees.
Phase Down Program (PDP).
A program with varying options for retirement in which
officers who are eligible for retirement extend the payment of their accrued leave. See also General Order 300-35, Phase Down Program and the Meet and Confer Agreement.
A form completed by employees on every person who is detained in a City jailor police station lockup facility.
The Houston Police Department Edward A. Thomas Building and property located at 1200 Travis Street.
This is a term interchangeable with the words peace officer and officer.
A facility serving as the command center for a patrol division or patrol related function.
A neighborhood or business park location staffed by patrol division personnel who provide police services to
Police Work Room
An area in a non police facility where officers may complete paperwork
See Intranet Portal.
Upon approval by the Chief of Police an officer may elect to take hours from his or her PTO bank for the time period of a disciplinary suspension.
A fixed location an employee is assigned for duty.
Publication of a job vacancy or an anticipated job vacancy on the Employee! Services Division's or City's job posting announcement.
The authorizing HPD division responsible for investigating the· most serious offense involved in a criminal investigation.
When multiple offenses occur that are of equal offense classification according to the Texas Penal Code, the
primary division shall be determined by which offense occurred first.
Used to describe an investigator or a group of investigators that works covertly in response to complaints of criminal activity. Investigations conducted in this manner are considered proactive and are usually conducted by undercover investigators.
The period of time officers are evaluated on their ability to perform the duties for which they were employed
in accordance with Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code. Also,the period of time civilian employees are evaluated on their ability to perform the duties for which they were hired in accordance with City of Houston civil service regulations
A method of carrying out a specific function.
A change in the employment status of an employee to a position of higher classification
An employee's classification or job title.
Used to describe an investigator or a group of investigators that reacts or an investigation that is conducted in reaction to deal with a situation, violation, or offense.
City issued calendar used to record personal leave for employees and to document minimum staffing levels for each particular day and shift.
Regular Assigned Division
The division to which an employee is regularly assigned
according to the Employee Services Division's records. This does not include a temporary assignment.
Regular Day Off.
Any of the days in a given week an employee is not regularly scheduled to work.
Relieved of Duty.
The status of an employee who is not required or permitted to perform regular assignments.
Voluntary departure of an employee from employment with the department and the City of Houston prior to retirement.
The division responsible for investigating a particular type of offense (e.g., Homicide Division is responsible
for murder investigations and Vehicular Crimes Division is responsible for traffic fatality investigations).
The status of employees who have ended their employment with the department and the City of Houston and who have completed the required number of years of service to the City of Houston to
receive a pension.
Any authorizing HPD division, other than the primary division, responsible for part of a criminal investigation
The process of choosing an individual to fill a vacant employment position.
Senior Executive Staff
An advisory board to the Chief of Police consisting of all executive assistant chiefs and the directors of
Legal Services and the Offices of Budget and Finance, Public Affairs, Technology Services, and Planning.
Senior Police Officer.
An officer who is classified as a Grade IV officer.
A period of time an employee is expected to be present for duty.
This term usually refers to a lieutenant in charge of a shift. However, this definition may include a sergeant in
charge of a shift when the lieutenant is absent.
When appearing in written policies and procedures, the word should indicates a strong suggestion and a concerted effort ought to be made to complete the task, but it is not mandatory
Any unit requiring unique training and having a primary responsibility other than responding to calls for service
and designated as such by the Chief of Police. This includes but is not limited to Mounted Patrol, Crime Scene Unit, Patrol Canine Detail, Bomb Squad, Special
Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Detail, and Marine Unit.
A wage-rate calculation including base and longevity pay only.
Any employee having supervisory responsibilities, either temporarily or permanently, over other employees.
Supervisory Intervention (SI).
A non punitive corrective action as defined in the department's current Corrective Action Manual.
Supplemental Incident Report.
A report made in addition to and relating to an original
The status of an employee temporarily relieved of duty for disciplinary reasons.
An assignment outside an employee's regular assigned division normally lasting 30 calendar days or less unless otherwise approved.
Temporary Extra Employment.
Extra employment spanning 30 calendar days or
Involuntary removal of an employee from employment with the department and the City of Houston during the
Tour of Duty.
The time period an employee is assigned to a regular duty assignment while remaining in the same rank.
Used to describe an investigator or group of investigators who uses an assumed name or other identity disguise to gain the trust of a suspect for the purpose of obtaining information about illegal activity
in order to effect an arrest.
The department's uniformed divisions include Field Operations Command, Special Operations Division, Night Command/Security Operations Division, both Airport divisions, Vehicular Crimes Division, and Investigative First Responder Division.
An officer required to wear a recognizable police officer's uniform while on duty.
All uniformed divisions excluding the administrative and
support personnel assigned to such divisions.
A police vehicle with no recognizable police decals and no exposed emergency equipment.
A leave event is unscheduled, regardless of leave type, if the leave is requested less than 24 hours prior
to the start of the leave being requested unless there is an open position in the Red Book or approved by a supervisor.
A marked police unit, truck, or van used to transport arrested persons from one point to another.
An assignment issued to any police officer for the purpose of conveying or moving individuals or property from one place to another.
When appearing in written policies and procedures, the words will or shall indicate a mandatory or required course of action. The words will or shall carry the same power as a direct order.
A form on which officers record their daily work activity (e.g., tickets issued, arrests made, and investigations carried out).