Office of Legal Services
The Office of Legal Services provides counsel and representation to the Chief of Police and the Command Staff in a general counsel capacity across a wide variety of subjects and areas related to operations of HPD. Staff conducts research; prepares memoranda; drafts, reviews and revises ordinances, policies and procedures; and prepares contracts. The office plays a significant role in reviewing and proposing both state and federal legislation impacting the department and the city.
In coordination with City’s Legal Department, the Office of Legal Services also handles labor and employment issues. It ensures that the HPD investigative and disciplinary processes comply with federal and state law, city and department policy and the meet and confer agreement. Legal Services also works in conjunction with City Legal in the handling of administrative complaints and civil litigation involving the department. The Office also serves as a liaison with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Internal Affairs, a division of the Office of Legal Services, is described on the following page.