Flashcards in General Orders 100-05 Organizational Structure Deck (46):
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
The Office of the Chief of Police is responsible
for the administration and management
of the entire police organization. The
authority of this office encompasses the
Chief's staff and those special units requiring
the Chief's direct and immediate supervision.
Chief of Staff.
This office is responsible for
the overall management of the Office of the
Chief of Police, including coordinating and
facilitating directives, needs assessments,
and requests from entities both within and
outside the Police Department. This includes,
but is not limited to, the Houston
Police Department's Command Staff, Office
of the Mayor and Houston's City Council,
other City departments, outside agencies,
This office provides legal
assistance to the Chief of Police by carrying
out legal research and reviews, by developing
legal briefs and other documents, and by
serving as the Police Department's liaison
with the city's Legal Department.
Office of Budget and Finance.
This office is responsible for developing, administering,
monitoring, and disbursing budgeted funds,
and overseeing the Grants Section.
This office oversees the operations
of the following units: Media Relations,
Open Records, Multimedia, Community
Services, Community Outreach, and
Crime Prevention Through Environmental
Air Support Division.
This division manages
the department's aerial resources
while supporting the ground based personnel
with pursuits, searches, and high priority
life threatening incidents. The division monitors
critical infrastructure, performs surveillance,
and SWAT deployment and rescues
with appropriate approval. When needed
the division provides aerial observation via
video downlink for all types of events and
This division is responsible
for patrol functions for Bush Intercontinental
Airport (District 21) and Hobby Airport
and Ellington Airport (District 23). The
division also works cooperatively with the
Houston Airport System and federal partners
such as the Transportation Security Administration
and others to ensure public safety
and homeland security. Additionally, the division
has a K-9 Explosives Detection Unit
to assist in its mission of deterring, detecting,
and appropriately responding to threats
to aviation security.
Criminal Intelligence Division (CID).
This division is responsible for gathering intelligence
information related to terroristic
threats and investigating terrorist activities,
public disorders, activities of major criminals,
and organized crime. CID works closely with
foreign consulate representatives, coordinates
visits by dignitaries, and maintains a
database on continuing criminal activity.
This division is also responsible for developing,
reviewing, and revising homeland security
policies and procedures for the department,
and serving as liaison with the Mayor's Office
of Public Safety and Homeland Security. This
division also serves as the department's homeland
security representative and coordinates
with local, state, and federal agencies
in determining the department's operational
response to homeland security issues.
Special Operations Division (SO)
This division polices the Central Business District
and oversees the Mounted Patrol Unit, the
Special Response Group (SRG), and the Bicycle
Administration and Training Unit (BATU).
Special Operations coordinates all major
special events, monitors protests and
labor disputes, provides uniformed security
for dignitaries, and provides security during
Tactical Operations Division.
This division oversees functions of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Detail, Patrol Canine
Detail, Marine Unit, Bomb Squad, and Hostage
Negotiation Team (HNT).
This division conducts in-depth examinations of functions, programs, or components of the department
as directed by the Chief of Police, by law, or
by policy. Audits are conducted outside the
normal chain of command to ensure an objective
review of agency procedures and activities.
This division also coordinates and
promulgates policy through written directives
such as the General Orders and Standard
Operating Procedures. Inspections Division
also oversees the Court Liaison Unit,
the Extra Employment Unit, and the Drug
Internal Affairs Division/Central Intake
This office investigates complaints
against employees regarding misconduct,
criminal activity, and the discharging
of firearms. This office initiates proactive
investigations involving misconduct by employees.
This division provides psychological screening, counseling, and evaluation services to all employees
and their families. This division also conducts
psychological screening and evaluation
during the recruiting process.
This division develops and provides training for classified and civilian personnel of the department. This division
consists of the following units: Administration,
Certification, Cadet Training, the Field Training
Administration Office, In-Service Training,
Firearms Training/Qualification Range, Defensive
Tactics, and Drivers Training.
Auto Theft Division.
This division investigates
thefts of and from motor vehicles,
burglary of motor vehicles, identity theft and
document fraud related to motor vehicles.
In addition it investigates port activities related
to the illegal transport of motor vehicles
and motor vehicle parts and investigates
criminal activities related to parts and
salvage yards. The Auto Theft Division
works proactively to dismantle auto theft
rings. It assists federal agencies with investigation
and prosecution of auto theft activities.
The division also maintains the departmental
Bait Vehicle Program. The
division performs BMV and motor vehicle
theft prevention public service seminars.
This division coordinates
the collection and dissemination of intelligence
about criminal street gangs. This division
has the final authority over the department's
efforts against criminal street
gangs. This authority includes oversight and
direction of policy adherence and administrative
procedures (e.g., standardization of
forms, computer programs, statistical reporting,
street gang offense reporting, and
compliance with media relations policies).
Major Offenders Division.
This division investigates
cargo thefts, fencing operations,
swindles, police impersonations, environmental
crimes, and animal and livestock
thefts. This division also investigates career
criminals, and arrests or processes parole
violators along with other wanted fugitives.
The multiagency task force unit of the division
assists federal agencies with the investigation
and subsequent prosecution of violent
offenders and with the disruption of
their respective criminal enterprises.
The Narcotics Division
is a functional component of the Special Investigations
Command, charged with the
suppression of illegal possession, manufacture
and distribution of controlled substances
and conducts all levels of narcotics
investigations. Additionally, the division responds
to citizen complaints regarding narcotics
activity and supports other departmental
personnel and outside agencies in
Vehicular Crimes Division.
This division investigates fatal and catastrophic crashes,
crashes on the freeways, HPD and Houston
Fire Department (HFD) fleet crashes, and
Failure to Stop and Give Information (FSGI)
and Failure to Stop and Render Aide
(FSRA) crashes. This division also mitigates
freeway mobility issues during peak travel
The Hit and Run Investigations Unit
The Hit and Run Investigations Unit conducts
on-scene and follow-up investigations
of FSRA crashes and conducts follow-up
investigations on FSGI crashes.
The Auto Dealers Unit
The Auto Dealers Unit is responsible for the
licensing, permitting, and regulating of the
automotive and wrecker industries as well
as conducting auctions of abandoned vehicles
subject to non-consent towing laws.
This division enforces laws and ordinances related to prostitution, gambling,organized crime, human trafficking, obscenity, and alcoholic beverages and
sexually oriented businesses.
Burglary and Theft Division.
This division does follow-up investigations for burglary,
theft, criminal mischief, criminal trespass,
found property, and burglary of coin operated
This division also handles forgeries, credit and debit card abuse cases, counterfeit bills, identity theft, and other financial crimes. This division is also responsible for the Pawn, Alarm, Property, and Metal Theft details.
This division conducts
on-scene and follow-up investigations
of homicides, murders for hire, kidnappings,
and officer-involved shootings, and conducts follow-up investigations of assault cases. This division also has primary responsibility in incidents of weapons of
Investigative First Responder Division
This division conducts on-scene and
follow-up investigations on Part I Crimes
such as assaults, auto thefts, burglaries,
thefts, and robberies. IFR Division also performs
patrol functions that include responding
to Part I calls for service.
This division investigates offenses committed by or against juveniles.
This division is also responsible for taking, investigating, and clearing reports of missing children, juveniles, and adults.
Juvenile Division is also responsible for Sex
This division conducts follow-up investigations involving aggravated robbery, robbery, theft from person, and extortion. This division also provides forensic art services for any HPD investigations
and for area law enforcement agencies
Special Crimes Division.
This division conducts follow-up investigations involving
violent crimes against families and sex
crimes against adults.
This division is comprised of the Family Violence and Sex Crimes units.
North Central Patrol Command.
This command oversees the patrol operations of the
Central (Districts 1 and 2), North (Districts 3
and 6), and Northwest (Districts 4 and 5) Divisions,
and Night Command Division.
Night Command Division.
Personnel assigned to the Night Command Division
represent the command staff during nontraditional
duty hours and are available to
provide supervisory overview and guidance
for critical crime scenes, incidents, and
events as needed during night shift.
North Patrol Command
This command oversees the patrol operations of the Kingwood (District 24), Northeast (Districts 7, 8,
and 9), and Traffic Enforcement Divisions.
Traffic Enforcement Division.
This division oversees the operations of the Traffic
Enforcement Unit, DWI Task Force, Truck
Enforcement Unit, Solo Motorcycle Detail,
Mobility Response Team, and Highway Interdiction
East Patrol Command.
This command oversees the patrol operations of the Clear Lake (District 12), Eastside (District 11),
South Central (District 10), Southeast (Districts
13 and 14) Divisions.
West Patrol Command
This command oversees the patrol operations of the Midwest (District 18), South Gessner (District
17), Southwest (Districts 15 and 16), and
Westside (Districts 19 and 20) Divisions.
This office manages the planning and operation of the department's computer software and hardware
This office also operates the department's
records management systems.
As such, Technology Services serves as a
liaison to the Texas Crime Information Center
and the Southeast Texas Crime Information
Crime Analysis and Command Center
The Crime Analysis Unit provides
support to patrol and investigative personnel
via the analysis of available information
and assists in solving crime and non-crime
The Command Center Unit (CCU)
The Command Center Unit
(CCU) coordinates the assignment of personnel
and equipment at the scene of emergencies and ensures appropriate notifications are made in all cases.
CCU is the information gathering and disseminating
unit for a wide variety of matters and incidents,
including planned, spontaneous, and
The Operations Unit
The Operations Unit is responsible for the security of 1200 Travis, as well as parking at the Headquarters, and
electronic access (by employee ID Card
scanning) at all HPD facilities.
Emergency Communications Division
This division is located in the Houston Emergency Center (HEC) along with Houston Fire Department dispatchers, the HEC call takers, Fusion Center, and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) personnel.
ECD provides police dispatching services to
officers in the field, and through its Alternative
Response Unit (ARU) provides differential
police response strategies to free up
field resources for higher priority calls and
crime reduction strategies.
ECD provides general and specialized training in the various tasks related to the division's function.
Employee Services Division.
This division oversees hiring, promoting, and transferring of employees.
This division also facilitates with the separation of employees from the department.
The division is also responsible for employee relation services such as the Honor Guard, Family Assistance, and the Police Chaplain.
This division is also responsible for facilitating with employee health benefits and life insurance, maintaining the department's personnel files,
overseeing honorable identification cards, handgun certifications, phase down, bilingual
applications, Metro Q-card applications,
and notary requests.
This division is also responsible for electronic processing of personnel actions (e.g. job title changes,
transfers, salary changes, suspensions, evaluations) and maintaining organizational management with SAP.
This division maintains the custody, security, and welfare of prisoners and maintains operational oversight of all city jails and police lockup facilities.
This office serves as the primary research and planning entity for major projects and studies to improve departmental operations; conducts product testing;
provides logistical functions during department-
wide mobilizations; maintains beat and policing boundaries; and develops and produces reports on the performance of various aspects of departmental operations.
This office serves as the department's lead in coordinating the sharing of policy and procedure information with law enforcement agencies, as well as coordinating the department's participation in nationwide law enforcement studies.
Additionally, this office coordinates and administers interagency agreements on behalf of the department.
This office also develops strategic foresight and strategies to accomplish the long-range goals and objectives of the department.
Planning also oversees Uniform Supply which maintains an adequate stock of police uniforms and accessories to support department personnel.
This division also operates the department' s mailroom, office supplies center, and print shop.
This division supports the patrol and investigative divisions.
Records also provides services to the general
public, department personnel, other criminal justice agencies and courts by providing police reports or other documents.
This division is responsible for the monthly Uniform Crime Report, which reflects specific data on Part I crimes committed throughout the city of Houston, ensures that serialized stolen/recovered property information is entered into the state and national computers for retrieval by any law enforcement
agency and enters and performs quality
control of towed/repossessed vehicles.
This division also maintains hard copies of all
police generated reports received by the division,
acts as the custodian of police records, and assists all department personnel upon request.
Crime Lab Division.
This division conducts laboratory analyses of evidence including, but not limited to, biology/DNA/trace, controlled substances, firearms, and toxicology
for criminal investigations and court proceedings.
This division provides support to the department and other law enforcement entities through tasks associated
with the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), Audio Video, Crime Scene Unit, Digital Forensics Laboratory, Latent Laboratory, Photo Laboratory,
and the Polygraph Unit.
Additionally, the division is entrusted with the entry, storage and retrieval of criminal history records and
provides services to citizens including , but not limited to, applicant processing, court ordered expunctions, police clearance letters, and public fingerprinting.