306 – Attendance

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Prompt and regular attendance at work is required of all Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) employees. Each employee is required and expected to work full scheduled duty shifts. [CALEA Standard 26.1.1]


An absence from work will be charged to the employee as either authorized or unauthorized and will be supported by appropriate documentation.

Absenteeism and tardiness are disruptive and place an unfair burden on other employees and supervisors.

An unsatisfactory attendance record will result in disciplinary action including suspension and / or termination.

An unsatisfactory attendance record may also affect an employee’s eligibility for promotion or transfer.


Repeated tardiness may be considered as a basis for disciplinary action including suspension and / or termination.

Hours of Duty

HCSO employees shall have regular hours assigned to them for active duty each day. When not so engaged, they shall be considered “off duty.”

Employees shall always be subject to duty as needed. The fact an employee may be technically “off duty” shall not be held as relieving him or her from the responsibility of taking proper police action on any matter coming to his or her attention at any time.


Employees shall be punctual in reporting for duty at the time and place designated by their supervisor. Habitual failure to report promptly at the time directed shall be deemed neglect of duty.

Absence Without Proper Leave

No employee shall be absent from duty without proper leave.

No employee shall be absent from duty without permission except when unable to report for duty at the prescribed time because of sickness or injury to self or immediate family.


This policy has been revised on the below listed dates:

April 21, 2009

December 2, 2020

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