Police Department

Police Department - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is the Brenham Police Department located?

The department is located at 1800 Longwood Drive. The telephone number is 979-337-7337. The FAX number is 979-337-7342.

What are the hours the patrol officers work?

Patrol officers work 12-hour shifts, but are available for duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When should I call 911?

Citizens should call 911 for police, fire or medical emergencies ONLY. When calling 911, stay on the line and try and remain calm. Have your information readily available. The Brenham Emergency Communications Department dispatches for all public safety agencies in Washington County.

Who do I call for information on someone who has been arrested?

All information about people who have been arrested can be obtained by calling the Washington County Jail at 979-277-6255. The jail is operated by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

How do I take care of traffic tickets?

To take care of a traffic ticket or a traffic warrant, contact the Brenham Municipal Court at 979-337-7500. Tickets can be paid at Municipal Court between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Municipal Court is located on the first floor of City Hall, 200 W. Vulcan Street. Arraignments are held every Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, located on the second floor of City Hall.

What should I do if I'm involved in an accident?

If you are involved in a minor accident where there are no visible signs of injury to the persons involved and the vehicles are drivable, then move your vehicle out of the traveled portion of the roadway. Cars left in the roadway contribute to traffic congestion, which can cause other accidents. Call the police and exchange driver information. If there are injuries involved, DO NOT move the vehicles or the injured parties. Call 911 for emergency services.

Can the police open my car if I have locked the keys inside?

Due to the risk of damage to the vehicle, the Police Department does not unlock cars. If other circumstances exist, such as a young child locked in the vehicle, an officer will be sent to assist in any way possible. Contacting a locksmith is your best alternative in most cases.

What are the requirements for vehicle child restraints?

View the Texas Click It or Ticket site to view the latest information on vehicle child safety.

Why did it take the police so long to arrive when I called them last night?

All requests for police services are assigned by priority, based on the nature of the call. Calls with potential for injury or property damage and calls that are serious in nature or occurring at that time, will be dispatched as soon as possible. Calls that are less urgent or that are belated are considered less of a priority and may be held while officers handle emergencies.

Why does the operator ask so many questions when I call the police?

Dispatchers are trained to try and get as much information as possible to determine the nature of the problem and its seriousness. The information is necessary for the safety of the responding officers, as well as the general public.

How do I purchase a police report?

For information about purchasing a copy of a police or accident report, contact the Brenham Police Department at 979-337-7337. Report copies can be purchased at the department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Police reports are available by filing an Open Records Request through the Public Information Officer. Requests must be made in writing and can be emailed to ahahn@cityofbrenham.org; faxed Attn. Angela Hahn at 979-337-7342 or mailed to:

City of Brenham
Attn. Angela Hahn
P.O. Box 682, Brenham, TX 77834

Accident reports can be obtained in three ways: In person; in writing or online. People requesting an accident report must have two pieces of the following information: Date of accident, specific location and/or address of accident; and name of at least one person involved in the accident.

Reports can be obtained in person from the department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Online requests may be submitted to http://brenhamtx.policereports.us. Written requests should be mailed to:

Brenham Police Department
1800 Longwood, Brenham, TX 77833

How can I find out more about the Brenham Police Department?

The Brenham Police Department offers as 13-week training course called the Citizens Police Academy. The program is designed to give the public a working knowledge of the department through the use of tours, lectures, demonstrations, "hands-on" experiences and riding with the officers. Program participants gain valuable insight into the policies and procedures of the police department. If you're interested in participated in the class, contact Cpl. Chris Jackson at 979-337-7324.

How can I get a tour of the Brenham Police Department?

Contact our office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The number to call is 979-337-7324.

What is the annual operating budget for the Brenham Police Department?
The Brenham Police Department's annual operating budget is $2.5 million.