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1

What is Gender/

Use of the masculine gender also
includes the feminine gender and vice versa,
where applicable.

2

ADR

Alternative Dispute Resolution

3

AFIS

Automated Fingerprint Identification
System

4

APC

Administrative Personnel Committee

5

AVL

Automated Vehicle Location

6

AWOL

Absent Without Leave

7

AWOP

Absent Without Permission

8

Band F

Office of Budget and Finance

9

B and T

Burglary and Theft Division

10

CAD

Computer Aided Dispatch

11

CED

Conducted Energy Device

12

CFS

Call for Service

13

CIO

Central Intake Office

14

CJIS

Criminal Justice Information Services

15

CODIS

Combined DNA Index System

16

COH

City of Houston

17

CPTED

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

18

CSMART

Court System Management and Resource Technology

19

DA

District Attorney

20

DGU

Divisional Gang Unit

21

DIMS

District Attorney Intake Management System

22

DNA

Deoxyribonucleic Acid

23

DRT

Differential Response Team

24

ECD

Emergency Communications Division

25

FMLA

Family Medical Leave Act

26

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

27

HCSO

Harris Count Sheriff's Office

28

HEC

Houston Emergency Center

29

HPD

Houston Police Department

30

IAD

Internal Affairs/ Central Intake Office

31

ID

Identification

32

IOD

Injured On Duty

33

LMS

Learning Management System

34

MCD

Mobile Computing Device

35

NCIC

National Crime Information Center

36

N-DEx

National Data Exchange

37

NIMS

National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System

38

OIG

Office Of Inspector General

39

P-Card

Purchasing Card

40

PD

Personal Day

41

PFT

Personal Fitness and Training

42

PIP

Positive Interaction Program

43

PPS

Police Personnel System

44

PRE

Police Roll Call and Equipment

45

PTO

Paid Time Off

46

RDO

Regular Day Off

47

RMS

Records Management System

48

SAP

Systems Applications and Products

49

SETCIC

Southeast Texas Crime Information Center

50

SI

Supervisory Intervention

51

SOP

Standard Operating Procedure

52

SOSP

Strategic Officer Staffing Program

53

SRG

Special Response Group

54

SWAT

Special Weapons and Tactics

55

TASER

This is a brand name and registered trademark:
therefore, the department officially uses the term
conducted energy device (CED)

56

TCIC

Texas Crime Information Center

57

TCOLE

Texas Commission On Law Enforcement

58

TLETS

Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System

59

TxDOT

Texas Department of Transportation

60

UCR

Uniform Crime Reporting

61

WIRES

Web Incident Report Entry System

62

Assistant Director

A civilian supervisor equivalent to the rank of an assistant chief.

63

Assistant Manager

A civilian supervisor equivalent to the rank of a lieutenant.

64

Beat

An area within a district assigned to officers for patrol purposes.

65

Bilingual Officer

Officers who have obtained department bilingual certification.

66

Blotter

See Police Blotter.

67

Calendar Days

All days in a given time period including weekends,
holidays, and day off.

68

Central Police Complex

The Police Department buildings and property located at or adjacent to 61 Riesner Street.

69

Chain Of Command

The line of authority extending from the Chief of Police
through a single subordinate at each level of command.

70

Citizens

Persons not employed by the Houston Police Department.

71

City

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

72

City Jail

A full service detention facility
such as those located at the Southeast Police
Station and the Central Police Complex. (See also Lockup Facility).

73

Civil Service Commission

For classified
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

74

Civilian

A civilian employee or that which pertains to a civilian employee.

75

Civilian Employee or Personnel

An employee
of the Houston Police Department
who is classified as a municipal employee of the City Of
Houston.

76

Classified

That which pertains to persons
classified as officers in accordance with
Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government
Code.

77

Classified Employee or Personnel.

Employees
of the Houston Police Department
classified as officers in accordance with
Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code.

78

Command Staff.

An advisory board to the
Chief of Police consisting of all members of
the Executive Staff plus all commanders and
division commanders

79

Commander.

Any employee holding the
rank of captain or above (or civilian equivalent)
supervising a detail, unit, division, office, or command

80

Commanding Officer.

An officer assigned
to exercise authority over one or more organizational
units of the department.

81

Daily Activity Report

See Work Card.

82

Days Off.

See Regular Day Off.

83

Department.

Unless otherwise noted, when
used as a stand-alone word, department refers
to the Houston Police Department.

84

Deputy Director.

A civilian supervisor
equivalent to the rank of executive assistant chief.

85

Designee.

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.

86

Detail.

A group of employees assigned a
specified mission; usually a group within an organizational unit.

87

Dispatcher.

An employee assigned to
Emergency Communications Division with
responsibility for receiving and assigning calls for service.

88

District.

A geographic area within the city limits containing police beats

89

Division Commander.

Any employee with
the rank of captain (or civilian equivalent) supervising a division.

90

Employee.

Without any limiting word or
phrase, employee refers to both classified
and civilian employees of the Houston Police Department.

91

Employee Performance Rating

A supervisor's
evaluation of a subordinate employee's
ability to perform assigned tasks.

92

Executive Staff.

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.

93

Exempt Employee.

Employee designated by
the City of Houston Human Resources Department
as exempt from overtime compensation
under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

94

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.

95

Headquarters.

See Police Headquarters.

96

Incident Report

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
department

97

Incident Report Title

The identifying title of an offense, complaint, or incident used in an incident report.

98

Indefinite Suspension.

Involuntary removal of an employee from employment with the department and the City of Houston after the probationary period.

99

Inspection.

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

100

Intranet.

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.

101

Intranet Portal.

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.

102

Length of Service.

The time calculated
from the date of employment by the City.
Previous service shall be added when calculating length of service.

103

Lockup Facility.

A police station detention
facility having only partial prisoner processing
and handling services. (See also City Jail).

104

Longevity.

The elapsed time a person has
been an employee of the City of Houston.

105

Longevity Pay.

An amount of compensation,
as authorized by City Councilor state law, based on years of service.

106

Manager.

A supervisor with the rank of captain
or civilian equivalent. When used as a job title denotes civilian status.

107

May.

When appearing in written policies
and procedures, the word may indicates an area or course of permissive or discretionary
action.

108

Medical Examiner.

The person empowered
by state law to investigate and determine the cause of death of a person.

109

Medical Examiner Investigator.

An investigator
representing or accompanying the
medical examiner in gathering information
and evidence relative to the circumstances of an individual's death.

110

Mid Manager.

A supervisor with the rank of lieutenant or civilian equivalent.

111

Minimum Staffing Levels

The staffing
levels below which operation of the department
would create an undue burden to on duty
staff and jeopardize the delivery of necessary police services.

112

Off Duty.

The status of employees. when
they are free of the responsibility to perform their routine duties.

113

Off the Air.

The status of an employee who is not available for radio communication.

114

Officer

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.

115

Official Identification

Written identification
issued by the department containing the employee's name and photograph.

116

On Duty

The status of an employee who is
scheduled and present for department duties

117

On the Air

The status of an employee available for radio communication.

118

Order

A written or oral instruction or directive
issued by a supervisor to a subordinate

119

Out of Service

The status of an employee not available for service calls.

120

Out on Traffic

The status of an officer who
is temporarily engaged in a traffic stop but
is maintaining radio communication.

121

Overtime Compensation

Compensation
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.

122

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
leave.

123

Pay Period.

The 14-day period beginning
on the Saturday before a department payday
Friday and continuing through the Friday
two weeks later.

124

Permanent Extra Employment.

Extra employment lasting more than 30 calendar
days.

125

Personal Day (PD).

Incentive leave for officers,
carrying no cash value, given under
the department's Meet and Confer Agreement.

126

Personal Fitness and Training (PFT) Hours

Incentive leave for officers, carrying
no cash value, given under the department's
Fitness and Training Program.

127

Personal Leave

Refers to all types of leave for employees.

128

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.

129

Police Blotter.

A form completed by employees on every person who is detained in a City jailor police station lockup facility.

130

Police Headquarters.

The Houston Police Department Edward A. Thomas Building and property located at 1200 Travis Street.

131

Police Officer.

This is a term interchangeable with the words peace officer and officer.

132

Police Station.

A facility serving as the command center for a patrol division or patrol related function.

133

Police Storefront.

A neighborhood or business park location staffed by patrol division personnel who provide police services to
the community.

134

Police Work Room

An area in a non police facility where officers may complete paperwork

135

Portal.

See Intranet Portal.

136

Positive Discipline

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.

137

Post.

A fixed location an employee is assigned for duty.

138

Posting.

Publication of a job vacancy or an anticipated job vacancy on the Employee! Services Division's or City's job posting announcement.

139

Primary Division

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.

140

Proactive.

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.

141

Probationary Period.

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

142

Procedure.

A method of carrying out a specific function.

143

Promotion.

A change in the employment status of an employee to a position of higher classification

144

Rank.

An employee's classification or job title.

145

Reactive.

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.

146

Red Book

City issued calendar used to record personal leave for employees and to document minimum staffing levels for each particular day and shift.

147

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.

148

Regular Day Off.

Any of the days in a given week an employee is not regularly scheduled to work.

149

Relieved of Duty.

The status of an employee who is not required or permitted to perform regular assignments.

150

Resignation.

Voluntary departure of an employee from employment with the department and the City of Houston prior to retirement.

151

Responsible Division.

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).

152

Retirement.

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.

153

Secondary Division.

Any authorizing HPD division, other than the primary division, responsible for part of a criminal investigation

154

Selection.

The process of choosing an individual to fill a vacant employment position.

155

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.

156

Senior Police Officer.

An officer who is classified as a Grade IV officer.

157

Shall.

See Will.

158

Shift.

A period of time an employee is expected to be present for duty.

159

Shift Commander.

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.

160

Should.

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

161

Specialized Unit.

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.

162

Straight time.

A wage-rate calculation including base and longevity pay only.

163

Supervisor.

Any employee having supervisory responsibilities, either temporarily or permanently, over other employees.

164

Supervisory Intervention (SI).

A non punitive corrective action as defined in the department's current Corrective Action Manual.

165

Supplemental Incident Report.

A report made in addition to and relating to an original
incident report.

166

Suspension.

The status of an employee temporarily relieved of duty for disciplinary reasons.

167

Temporary Assignment

An assignment outside an employee's regular assigned division normally lasting 30 calendar days or less unless otherwise approved.

168

Temporary Extra Employment.

Extra employment spanning 30 calendar days or
less.

169

Termination.

Involuntary removal of an employee from employment with the department and the City of Houston during the
probationary period.

170

Tour of Duty.

The time period an employee is assigned to a regular duty assignment while remaining in the same rank.

171

Undercover

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.

172

Uniformed Divisions.

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.

173

Uniformed Officer.

An officer required to wear a recognizable police officer's uniform while on duty.

174

Uniformed Services.

All uniformed divisions excluding the administrative and
support personnel assigned to such divisions.

175

Unmarked Car.

A police vehicle with no recognizable police decals and no exposed emergency equipment.

176

Unscheduled Leave.

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.

177

Wagon.

A marked police unit, truck, or van used to transport arrested persons from one point to another.

178

Wagon Call

An assignment issued to any police officer for the purpose of conveying or moving individuals or property from one place to another.

179

Will.

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.

180

Work Card.

A form on which officers record their daily work activity (e.g., tickets issued, arrests made, and investigations carried out).

181

Wrecker.

A vehicle designed and equipped to tow another vehicle from one location to another.