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What is the Policy of General Order 200-16 Firearm and Soft -Impact Weapons Discharges?

All firearm and soft-impact weapon discharges
by an officer other than for training or lawful recreational purposes shall immediately be reported and investigated as set forth herein.

Whenever an officer discharges a firearm and causes bodily injury, serious bodily injury, or death to a person, the department shall ensure the appropriate report is completed and submitted to the Texas Attorney General's Office and to HPD's Office of Public Affairs in accordance with state law.


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Bodily Injury.

An injury causing physical pain, illness, or any impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.

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Firearm.

Any handgun, rifle, or shotgun (not including soft-impact weapon).

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Serious Bodily Injury (SBI).

An injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that
causes death, serious permanent disfiguration, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.

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Soft-Impact Weapon.

A soft-impact weapon, which is an intermediate weapon, is a distinctly marked shotgun designated for
the exclusive use of soft-impact munitions.

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REQUESTING MEDICAL PERSONNEL

Anytime an officer discharges a firearm or
soft-impact weapon, whether inside or outside the city limits of Houston, and a person sustains bodily injury or serious bodily injury (SSI) or is struck by amunition from a soft impact weapon, the officer shall immediately
request medical personnel to the scene.

If the officer who discharged the firearm or soft-impact weapon is unable to perform this task, the most senior officer at the scene shall make the request.





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INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF HOUSTON: DISCHARGES REQUIRING AN ON-SCENE RESPONSE BY INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND HOMICIDE DIVISION INVESTIGATORS

Internal Affairs/Central Intake Office (hereinafter
referred to as lAD) and Homicide Division investigators shall immediately be sent to the scene to conduct an investigation if any of the following incidents occur
inside the city limits of Houston:

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Internal Affairs/Central Intake Office (hereinafter
referred to as lAD) and Homicide Division investigators shall immediately be sent to the scene to conduct an investigation if any of the following incidents occur
inside the city limits of Houston:


A. An officer intentionally discharges a firearm
(other than when the discharge is directed toward an animal and does not result in any bodily injury or SSI to any person).

B. An officer accidentally discharges a firearm and it results in bodily injury or SSI to a person.

C. An officer discharges a soft-impact weapon, whether intentionally or accidentally, and it results in SSI to a person.


If any of the preceding scenarios occur, employees shall adhere to the procedures outlined in this section.

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All evidence related to a firearm or soft impact
weapon discharge incident shall be collected and submitted in accordance with

General Orders 700-01, Property/Evidence
Control Regulations and 600-17, Use of
Force.

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Officer's Responsibilities

The officer who discharged the firearm or soft-impact weapon as described above shall do the following

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The officer who discharged the firearm or soft-impact weapon as described above shall do the following

A. Immediately request medical personnel
as provided in section 1.

B. Take steps to secure witnesses and
preserve the integrity of the scene.

C. Remain in charge of the scene until relieved
by an on-duty supervisor.

D. Make notifications as follows:


E. Complete an original or supplemental incident report, as applicable.
The report shall document the original call for service;
the names, employee numbers, and assigned divisions of all officers present when the discharge occurred;
and the circumstances surrounding the firearm or soft-impact weapon discharge.


F. Follow any applicable procedures in General Order 600 17, Use of Force.


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D. Make notifications as follows:

1. If the incident occurs inside the city limits of Houston when the officer is on duty, immediately notify an on duty supervisor choosing the best method of requesting an on-duty supervisor to respond to the scene (e.g., via the dispatcher, radio, mobile
computing device [MCD]).


2. If the incident occurs inside the city limits of Houston when the officer is off duty including extra employment,
immediately notify the Emergency Communications Division (ECD) dispatcher or the Crime Analysis & Command Center (hereinafter referred to as Command Center).



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If the officer who discharged the firearm or soft-impact weapon is unable to perform the tasks noted in items (a) through (d) above,

The most senior officer at the scene shall
perform such tasks

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Emergency Communications Division's
(ECD) Responsibilities

Upon receiving notification, the ECD dispatcher
shall immediately dispatch an on duty patrol supervisor to the scene and notify an ECD supervisor.

The ECD supervisor shall immediately notify the Command Center.


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Command Center's Responsibilities

In addition to notification requirements set forth in General Order 200-10, Emergency Management, and General Order 600-17, Use of Force, the Command Center shall immediately notify Homicide Division and
lAD.

Furthermore, the Command Center shall ensure an on-duty patrol supervisor is immediately notified.


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Supervisor's Responsibilities

Upon receiving notification, the on-duty supervisor
shall do the following:

A. Respond and proceed immediately to the scene.

B. Immediately contact the Homicide Division Hold Desk and advise or update them of the circumstances surrounding the discharge of firearm or soft-impact
weapon incident.

C. Evaluate the situation and take charge of the investigation until lAD and Homicide Division investigators arrive.

D. Ensure injured persons are treated, witnesses
are secured, and the scene is preserved.

E. Follow any applicable procedures in General Order 600 17, Use of Force.




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lAD's and Homicide Division's Responsibilities

As set forth above, lAD and Homicide Division investigators shall immediately be sent to the scene to conduct an investigation.

Upon receiving notification, Homicide Division personnel shall ensure Homicide Division investigators are sent to the scene and shall notify the Command Center of the discharge of firearm or soft-impact weapon incident.


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lAD's and Homicide Division's Responsibilities

When lAD and Homicide investigators arrive, they shall relieve the on-duty supervisor who responded and take command of the scene.

Homicide Division shall lead the criminal investigation with lAD conducting a parallel administrative investigation.

Both divisions shall conduct their investigations
without interference.
The commanders of the Homicide Division and lAD may require other investigative divisions to participate and submit progress reports regarding a discharge of firearm or soft-impact weapon investigation at any frequency required by the circumstances

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INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF HOUSTON:
DISCHARGES REQUIRING ONLY AN INVESTIGATION
AND A REPORT BY A ON-DUTY SCENE SUPERVISOR

An on-duty supervisor shall respond and proceed immediately to the scene to conduct an investigation if any of the following incidents occur inside the city limits of Houston:

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An on-duty supervisor shall respond and proceed immediately to the scene to conduct an investigation if any of the following incidents occur inside the city limits of Houston:

A. An officer accidentally discharges a firearm and it does not result in any bodily injury or SBI to any person.

B. An officer discharges a firearm toward an animal or shoots an animal and it does not result in any bodily injury or SBI to any person.

C. An officer discharges a soft-impact weapon, whether intentionally or accidentally, and it does not result in any SBI to any person.


If any of the preceding scenarios occur, employees shall adhere to the procedures outlined in this section.


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Officer's Responsibilities

The officer who discharged the firearm or soft-impact weapon as described above shall do the following:

A. Immediately request medical personnel as provided in section 1.

B. If the incident occurs inside the city limits of Houston when the officer is on duty, immediately notify an on-duty supervisor choosing the best method of requesting an on-duty supervisor to respond to the scene (e.g., via the dispatcher, radio, MCD).

C. If the incident occurs inside the city limits of Houston when the officer is off duty including extra employment, immediately notify the ECO dispatcher or the Command Center.


D. Complete a supplemental or original incident report, as applicable.
The report shall document the original call for service;
the names, employee numbers, and assigned divisions of all officers present when the discharge occurred; and the circumstances surrounding the firearm or soft-impact weapon discharge.

E. Comply with section 7, Firearm and Soft-Impact Weapon Testing, of this General Order if the incident involved an accidental discharge of a firearm or soft impact weapon without any bodily injury or SBI to any person.


F. Follow any applicable procedures in General Order 60017, Use of Force.



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If the officer who discharged the firearm or soft-impact weapon is unable to perform the tasks noted in items (a) through (c) above,

The most senior officer at the scene shall perform such tasks.

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Emergency Communications Division's
Responsibilities

Upon receiving notification, the ECD dispatcher shall notify and dispatch the officer's immediate supervisor to the scene to conduct the investigation if the immediate supervisor is on duty.

If the officer's immediate supervisor is not available (e.g., off duty), the dispatcher shall dispatch another
on-duty supervisor from the officer's assigned division to the scene to conduct the investigation.

Should no on-duty supervisors from the officer's assigned division be available to respond, the dispatcher shall dispatch an on duty supervisor from the patrol division responsible for the location where the incident occurred.

Furthermore, the ECD dispatcher shall immediately
notify an ECD supervisor.
The ECD supervisor shall immediately notify the
Command Center.




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Command Center's Responsibilities

I n addition to notification requirements set
forth in General Order 200-10, Emergency Management, and General Order 600-17, Use of Force, if it is after hours, the Command Center shall notify the on-duty night commander.

Furthermore, the Command Center shall ensure an on-duty supervisor is immediately notified.


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Supervisor's Responsibilities

Upon receiving notification, the on-duty supervisor
shall do the following:

A. Respond and proceed immediately to
the scene.

B. Immediately contact the Command Center
and advise or update them of the circumstances
surrounding the discharge of
firearm or soft-impact weapon incident.

C. Ensure injured persons are treated.


D. During the investigation, follow the guidelines outlined in the document titled "Investigation Procedures for Discharge of Firearm (Accidental No Injury or Animal Shooting) or Soft-Impact Weapon with No Serious Bodily Injury," which is located on the department's Intranet Portal.

E. Collect and submit all evidence related to the firearm or soft-impact weapon discharge incident in accordance with General Orders 700-01, Property/ Evidence Control Regulations and 600-17, Use of Force.

F. Direct the officer to comply with section 7, Firearm and Soft-Impact Weapon Testing, of this General Order if the incident involved an accidental discharge of a firearm or soft-impact weapon without any bodily injury or SBI to any person.

G. Write and submit to the Chief of Police correspondence (sometimes referred to as a Discharge of Firearm or Soft Impact Weapon Investigative Report) describing the incident and summarizing the findings of the investigation.
For instructions, see the "Discharge of Firearm
or Soft-Impact Weapon" example correspondence located on the department's Intranet Portal.


H. Complete an original or supplemental incident report, as applicable.

I. Follow any applicable procedures in General Order 600-17, Use of Force.

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Furthermore, if the supervisor's on-scene investigation reveals a violation of department policy regarding the use of force as stated in General Order 600-17, Use of
Force, the supervisor shall contact


lAD and speak with an lAD lieutenant for direction.
If it is after hours, the supervisor shall contact
the Command Center.

The Command Center shall notify the on-duty night commander and the on-call lAD lieutenant.

Any observed misconduct shall be reported and investigated in accordance with General
Order 200-03, Investigation of Employee Misconduct.

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OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF HOUSTON: DISCHARGES REQUIRING NOTIFICATION TO INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND HOMICIDE DIVISION


The procedures outlined in this section shall
be adhered to if while outside the city limits of
Houston any of the following scenarios occur:

a. An officer intentionally discharges a firearm
or soft-impact weapon.

b. An officer accidentally discharges a firearm or soft-impact weapon and it results in bodily injury or SBI to a person.

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Officer's Responsibilities

The officer who discharged the firearm or
soft-impact weapon as described above shall
do the following:

A. Immediately request medical personnel
as provided in section 1.

B. Immediately contact the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction and notify them of the incident.

C. Make additional notifications as follows:

D. Follow any applicable procedures in General Order 600-17, Use of Force.

E. Follow the applicable procedures in section 6 of this General Order titled Outside the City Limits of Houston: Officer's Documentation Requirements.

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C. Make additional notifications as follows:

1. If the incident occurs outside the city limits of Houston when the officer is on duty, immediately notify an on duty supervisor choosing the best method of such notification (e.g., via the dispatcher, radio, MCD).

2. If the incident occurs outside the city limits of Houston when the officer is off duty including extra employment, immediately notify the Command
Center.


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Emergency Communications Division's
Responsibilities

Upon receiving notification, the ECD dispatcher shall immediately notify an ECD supervisor.

The ECD supervisor shall immediately notify the Command Center.


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Command Center's Responsibilities

In addition to notification requirements set forth in General Orders 200-10, Emergency Management, and 600-17, Use of Force, upon receiving notification, the Command Center shall immediately notify Homicide Division and lAD.
If it is after hours, the Command Center shall also notify the on-duty night commander.
The night commander may choose to travel to the
scene to assist.

Depending on various factors such as the incident's proximity to the city of Houston, investigators from Homicide Division or lAD may be sent to the scene.

Furthermore, a classified supervisor in the Command Center shall determine whether an on-duty supervisor should respond to the scene after giving consideration to the proximity of the incident to the city of Houston
and severity of the injury.

The Command Center supervisor shall inform the involved officer whether an on-duty supervisor will or will not be responding to the scene.






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Supervisor's Responsibilities

Upon receiving notification, the on-duty supervisor
shall do the following:

A. Immediately contact the Homicide Division Hold Desk and advise or update them of the circumstances surrounding the discharge of firearm or soft-impact
weapon incident.

B. After speaking with the Homicide Division Hold Desk, immediately contact the Command Center to ascertain if the supervisor does or does not have to respond to the scene.

C. Follow any applicable procedures in General Order 600 17, Use of Force.


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lAD's and Homicide Division's Responsibilities

Upon receiving notification, Homicide Division personnel shall determine if Homicide investigators will be sent to the scene and shall notify the Command Center of the incident.


If Homicide investigators go to the scene, they shall conduct an investigation in cooperation with the agency having jurisdiction.

Investigations by lAD shall be conducted in
accordance with HPD policies and procedures.

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OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF HOUSTON: ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OF FIREARM OR SOFT-IMPACT WEAPON WITH NO INJURY TO ANY PERSON

If an officer accidentally discharges a firearm or soft-impact weapon while outside the city limits of Houston and it does not result in any bodily injury or SBI to any person, the officer shall follow the below procedures:

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If an officer accidentally discharges a firearm or soft-impact weapon while outside the city limits of Houston and it does not result in any bodily injury or SBI to any person, the officer shall follow the below procedures:

A. Notify the law enforcement agency having
jurisdiction as soon as possible.

B. Fully comply with any reporting requirement
of or investigation conducted by
the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction.

c. Make additional notifications as follows:

D. Comply with section 7, Firearm and Soft-Impact Weapon Testing, of this General Order.

E. Follow the applicable procedures in section 6 of this General Order titled Outside the City Limits of Houston: Officer's Documentation Requirements.

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Emergency Communications Division's
Responsibilities

Upon receiving notification, the Emergency
Communications dispatcher shall immediately
notify an ECD supervisor.

The ECD supervisor shall immediately notify the
Command Center.

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Command Center's Responsibilities

In addition to notification requirements set forth in General Order 200-10, Emergency Management, a classified supervisor in the Command Center shall determine whether an on-duty supervisor should respond to the scene after giving consideration to the proximity of the incident to the city of Houston.

The Command Center supervisor shall inform the involved officer whether an on-duty supervisor will or will not be responding to the scene.

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Supervisor's Responsibilities

Upon receiving notification, the on-duty supervisor
shall immediately contact the Command Center to ascertain if the supervisor does or does not have to respond to the scene.


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OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF HOUSTON:
OFFICER'S DOCUMENTATION' REQUIREMENTS

Officers who discharge a firearm or soft impact
weapon (intentionally or accidentally) while outside the city limits of Houston, shall request a copy of any report generated by the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the incident and forward it through
the chain of command to the Officer's Assistant Chief with a cover letter attached.

The cover letter shall fully explain the firearm or soft-impact weapon discharge incident.
If the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction
refuses to provide the officer with a copy of the report, the officer shall document this information in the cover letter.


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OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF HOUSTON:
OFFICER'S DOCUMENTATION' REQUIREMENTS

If no report is generated by the law enforcement
agency having jurisdiction, the officer shall generate correspondence fully explaining the firearm or soft-impact weapon discharge incident and send it through
the chain of command to the officer's Assistant
Chief.

Furthermore, the officer who discharged the firearm or soft-impact weapon shall follow any applicable procedures in General Order 600-17, Use of Force.

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FIREARM AND SOFT-IMPACT WEAPON
TESTING

Officers who accidentally discharge a firearm or soft-impact weapon and it does not result in any bodily injury or SBI to any person shall report to


To the Training Division's firearm range to have a functionality test performed on the firearm or soft-impact
weapon, as applicable, by firearms training range personnel.

Officers shall not carry that firearm for on- or off-duty use until it has been cleared by a functionality test as
noted above.
Officers who require the loan of a replacement primary weapon shall follow the procedures for loan of firearms outlined in General Order 400-05, Firearms
Qualification and Control.

Officers shall not carry that soft-impact weapon for on-duty use and shall not return it to in-service use until it has been cleared by a functionality test.
The on-duty supervisor notified of the accidental discharge shall ensure the soft-impact weapon is secured and out of service until it has been cleared
by a functionality test.



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Officers who intentionally discharge a firearm
or soft-impact weapon at an animal and it does not result in any bodily injury or SBI to any person are not

Required to have the firearm or soft-impact weapon tested

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SYNOPSIS OF NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES

Attached to this General Order is a chart,
which consists of a synopsis of notification procedures outlined in this General Order.
The chart may be used as a reference only and shall not supersede any information contained in this General Order.