305 – Performance of Duty

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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) expects its employees to provide competent, efficient, and courteous service to Harris County citizens. The following shall govern how HCSO employees carry out their duties: [CALEA Standard 26.1.1]

Attention to Duty

During assigned duty hours, employees shall devote their full time and attention to the service of the HCSO and shall not engage in any other business, occupation, or activity.


No employee shall display cowardice in the line of duty or fail to support fellow employees in the performance of duty.

Discharge of Duties

Each HCSO employee shall, at all times, conduct him- or herself responsibly and display proper demeanor in order to bring credit upon him- or herself and the agency.

Each employee shall perform his or her duties in accordance with the department policies, job description, the policies and procedures maintained by the assigned bureau, and all applicable HCSO or bureau orders and memoranda.

Each employee is required to discharge duties in a calm and firm manner. He or she shall exercise due diligence and shall discharge duties in accordance with local, state, and federal law. Employees shall cooperate with one another to preserve law and order.


Employees shall discharge their duties in the most efficient manner possible.

Failure to Perform Duty

An employee who, in the performance of official duties, displays reluctance to perform assigned duties properly, or who acts in a manner tending to bring discredit upon him- or herself or the agency, or who fails to assume responsibility or to exercise diligence, proper demeanor, intelligence, and interest in the discharge of duties, may be deemed negligent or incompetent and shall be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, demotion, or termination.

Harmony and Cooperation

Employees shall conduct themselves in a manner to ensure optimal cooperation with each other, with other HCSO bureaus, and with the employees of other county, city, state, and federal government agencies and the public.

Lawful Orders

Employees shall strictly obey and properly execute any lawful order given by any ranking supervisor or competent authority.

Specific Duties

In addition to regular assigned duties, each employee shall perform all other duties as may be required of them by competent authority.


This policy has been revised on the below listed dates:

April 21, 2009

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