Police Department

Since December 2012, the Brenham Police Department, having fulfilled the necessary qualifications and meeting mandatory requirements mandated by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation, has been recognized as a Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program Member.

Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program 

Community Safety


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.


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.

Interim Police Chief - Rusty Pancoast
Chief Rusty Pancoast

Chief Pancoast has been in the law enforcement profession since the mid-1970s including 12 years with the Lower Colorado River Authority retiring in 2008 as their Director of Public Safety. Chief Pancoast also served as Chief of Police for the City of Bee Cave near Austin for six and one-half years before retiring from that position to Kerrville in September 2014.

In retirement, Chief Pancoast works with the Texas First Group to provide interim chief services to cities that are between permanent chiefs. Chief Pancoast has provided interim chief services under a Texas First agreement for other Texas cities in the past. That will be the arrangement in Brenham as well.