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Mission Statement

The mission of the Brenham Police Department is to proudly serve the community by protecting our citizens, enforcing the law, and working in partnership with the public to enhance the quality of life by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics.

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Department Philosophy

The Brenham Police Department is an organization of professionals committed to the philosophy of community policing in its daily operations and functions. Community Policing is based upon a partnership between the police and the community whereby the police and the community share a responsibility for identifying, reducing, eliminating and preventing problems that impact community safety and order. By working together, the police and the community can increase the sense of well being along with lowering the incidents of crime.

As you explore this site, it is the department's hope that you will become increasingly aware of the services and information available through the Brenham Police Department. Please use the available links to find out more about the department's organizations, community partnerships, citizen programs, recruiting efforts and crime prevention information.

The men and women of the Brenham Police Department are committed to providing the highest level of quality service to the community we share.

Brenham's Police Chief Selected

Louis Allwin Barrow, Jr. was selected as the next Police Chief for Brenham. Serving the last ten years as an interim police chief with several Texas police agencies, and currently serving as a law enforcement security advisor and subject matter expert, Barrow was selected from a field of over 90 candidates by City Manager James Fisher.

The City selected 5 semifinalists and they interviewed before two community panels. The panels each had representatives from City Council, BISD and city staff (including Brenham Police Department). The panelists help determine 4 finalist who interviewed before Mayor Milton Tate, Interim Police Chief Rusty Pancoast, Assistant City Managers Carolyn Miller and Lowell Ogle, Human Resource Director Susan Nienstedt and City Manager James Fisher.

After notifying the City Council and the personnel in the Brenham Police Department, Fisher announced the appointment today. "The police chief serves a critical leadership role that provides direction to an agency responsible for the safety and security of the citizens of our community," Fisher said.

Barrow is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University with a Master's degree in Criminal Justice Management. He holds a Master Peace Officer certification, and has over 5000 hours of management and specialty skills training. Barrow received the "Career Achievement Award as Friend of the FBI", from Robert S. Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2001. In addition, he was the recipient of the award of Public Safety Excellence from Texas Municipal League in 1997.

Barrow began his law enforcement career with the Beaumont Police Department in 1970, where he worked his way from Patrol Officer to Commander. He served as Chief of Police for Waxahachie Police Department where he directed all police operations in the growing community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Brenham's new Chief has a breadth of experience in several different Texas police agencies. Chief Barrow will be moving with his wife, Kathy, from Omaha, Nebraska to Brenham later this summer. Barrow has five children, living in areas ranging from Nebraska to Tomball, Texas.

Chief Barrow begin his service with the City of Brenham on May 14, 2018.

The finalists were all solid prospects to head the Brenham Police Department, the City Manager said. The City was looking for an individual with a wealth of experience, strong character, and a leader who will serve as a mentor to the men and women of the Brenham Police Department. "I believe we have that and more in Chief Barrow," said Fisher.

The City Manager also expressed appreciation for the input he received from the interview panel members and participants throughout the selection process.