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Programs & Events
National Night Out
Learn more about this annual program that encourages neighbors to come out of their homes and talk to fellow neighbors about crime prevention in the community.
NBPD Citizens Police Academy
An in-depth look at the New Braunfels Police Department. Includes classes on criminal investigations, Patrol, K-9, drone programs, 911 dispatch center, and more.
A rapid response program that locates people who wander away from their caregivers due to brain disorders like Alzheimer's Disease, Autism, Down Syndrome, and dementia.
Community Programs & Events
Kops & Kids Safety Picnic
The New Braunfels Police Department’s Annual Kops and Kids Safety Picnic happens every year in May at the Dance Slab and surrounding pavilions in Landa Park. The event serves as a kick-off to National Police Week and is designed to give local kids a chance to meet police officers in a fun, non-threatening environment to help develop relationships between officers and the community.
The event is always 100% free and features a variety of activities, including a SWAT Team Obstacle Course, a K-9 Demonstration, Fire Department apparatus, Kid Print child fingerprinting, jump castles, games and prizes, and a surprise laugh-filled challenge event between officers and kids.
The main event of the day is the very popular bicycle giveaway! Children must register the day of the event in order to be eligible to win one of the 100 or so bicycles that will be given away.
This event could not be possible without the generous donations of local residents and businesses, and is always generously supported financially by the NBPD Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
We hope you and your family will join us for our next Kops & Kids Safety Picnic in Landa Park!
Every Christmas Holiday you will find Santa making visits throughout our city wearing a blue uniform and driving a police cruiser. For many needy children in New Braunfels, the visit they get from the officers and staff at the police department for Christmas makes a big difference for them on Christmas Day. Our officers deliver hundreds of gifts in bright holiday wrappings and ribbons to families in need. The gifts vary from items of basic essentials to toys and bicycles. In many cases, these gifts may be the only ones kids receive for the holiday.
The funds to cover these gifts come from the generous donations of many businesses and individuals in the local area. The work to collect and wrap the gifts is organized and accomplished by members of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and the New Braunfels Police Department. Every year approximately 100 families are visited by our Blue Santas who delivered over 1000 gifts to hundreds of children. The smiles and goodwill generated by those visits made it all worth the effort.
Interested in Helping? If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact the New Braunfels Police Department at (830) 221-4100 during normal business hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
In 2008, NBPD built a youth alcohol awareness and underage drinking education program that we call Operation Intervention. This program is in memory of 18 year old Anna Marie Hernandez who was killed by a drunk driver who was driving the wrong way on IH35 in New Braunfels December 6, 2003. Anna was the 2003 Valedictorian of South San High School in San Antonio and was attending college at UT-Austin with plans to enter the medical field to help others. The night she was killed she was driving home to San Antonio to see surprise her family a few days before of her 19th birthday.
The drunk driver, Anthony Ruiz, that struck Anna's car head on was 19 years old on the date of the accident. His blood alcohol level was almost two times the legal limit and he was driving the wrong way on IH35. He is currently serving a 15 year sentence in prison for Intoxication Manslaughter and 10 a year sentence for Intoxication Assault (served concurrently). Anthony Ruiz was denied his first attempt at parole in June 2013.
To date Operation Intervention has traveled all across the State of Texas and has been seen by thousands of teenagers and young adults. Participation in this program by our police department employees is not a full time job and is an additional duty over and above their daily roles as police department employees which shows how important the message this program conveys.
Operation Intervention uses current technology to relay an important message to the young people in our community, Don’t Drink and Drive! The program involves a public speaking/PowerPoint presentation education program that tells Anna’s story and the consequences of drunk driving. The presentation program can be offered in a school auditorium or meeting room with Audio/Video capabilities and has been seen by thousands of high school students in New Braunfels and all over Texas. The most popular part of our program is our Operation Intervention DWI Simulator. This state of the art trailer was built specifically for Operation Intervention and incorporates an interactive video game system that allows participants to actually see, hear, and feel how dangerous and difficult it is to drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. A few minutes in the Operation Intervention Simulator has proven to be an eye opening experience for many youth and adults alike. For more information or to request a visit from our Operation Intervention team at your next event, please contact Community Relations Officer Lucas Crawford at (830) 221-4166.
The NBPD Explorers program is designed for young adults (ages 14 - 20) who have an interest in law enforcement as a career. The program provides an opportunity for actual police officers to mentor and educate young adults that want to pursue a career in law enforcement. The program aims to promote strong character qualities and leadership skills with an emphasis on integrity, communication, goal setting, professionalism, decision making, problem solving, task management, and stress management. The program also encourages recruits to get involved in their community and to set an example for others.
NBPD Police Explorers are expected to participate in three types of Explorer activities:
Community Activities - These are activities where the Explorers directly engage members of the community. These include being involved, organizing, facilitating, or assisting in special community events like meetings, banquets, seasonal events, fundraisers, community service/clean up events, police officer ride-alongs, etc.
Classroom Activities - These are activities that are the education, planning, and training side of the Explorer program. Recruits will meet weekly to study, practice for scenarios, and interact with various law enforcement officers.
Competition Activities - These activities are events where Explorer posts from around the region and state gather to compete with one another on a variety of law enforcement-related scenarios. These scenarios include: family violence disturbances, neighborhood disturbances, active shooter response, crime scene search, negotiations, building search, crash investigations, misdemeanor and felony traffic stops, and physical fitness. Competitions also include academic tests on topics like the Penal Code, the U.S. Constitution, and the Code of Criminal Procedure.
For more information about the NBPD Explorer program, please email us!
Coffee with a Cop
Coffee with a Cop is a unique event that gives local residents a chance to visit with a New Braunfels Police officer in a casual setting.
Many come to speak with officers about law enforcement-related topics in New Braunfels, but many also take the opportunity to get to know the officers that serve and protect the New Braunfels community.
Coffee with a Cop is a great chance for the public to ask questions, give feedback, and meet & greet some of the officers in the New Braunfels Police Department.
Crime Prevention Programs
The Neighborhood Watch program is, quite simply, neighbors watching out for neighbors. The program fosters civic involvement, mutual commitment, community pride, a common goal, and a real sense of community. You do not have to be experiencing problems in your neighborhood to start a watch program. In fact, many programs are started to help reduce the chances of problems developing in the future. No one knows a neighborhood better than the citizens who live there. The Neighborhood Watch program forms a partnership with law enforcement to help keep our neighborhoods safe. If a Neighborhood Watch program is not currently available in your neighborhood contact Officer Lucas Crawford at (830) 221-4166 or 830-730-0286 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
A Neighborhood Watch is an organization that helps residents in a particular neighborhood, become the eyes and ears for law enforcement, develop a positive rapport with law enforcement, and prevent or reduce crime in that neighborhood. At Crime Watch meetings, residents discuss and plan potential solutions to address the area's crime problems. Neighborhood Crime Watch is also a great way to meet and get to know your neighbors, which enhances everyone's safety in the neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch Groups teach techniques to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime, train you how to recognize and report suspicious activity, teach you how to make your home more secure, helps neighbors get to know each other so that unusual activity can be reported, and brings citizens together to identify and address issues in the community. Neighborhood Watch Groups are NOT vigilante forces working outside the normal procedures of law enforcement, programs designed for participants to take personal risks to prevent crime, and are not a 100% guarantee that crime will not occur in your neighborhood.
Call New Braunfels Police Community Liaison Officer Lucas Crawford at (830) 221-4166 or 830-730-0286 or by email at email@example.com to let us know you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch program.
Vehicle burglaries are a crime of opportunity, and would-be thieves often target vehicles of those on vacation or vehicles parked in large parking lots. In fact, the average burglar simply checks for unlocked car door handles, spends less than a minute inside the vehicle, and always checks the glove box, door panels, and center console first. But these crimes are preventable, and there are some easy steps you can take to keep yourself from becoming a voluntary victim of vehicle burglary and theft.
Lock, Take, and Hide is an easy 3-step plan that drastically reduces your chances of becoming a victim:
Lock your car doors.
Take your valuables with you. (This includes cell phones, wallets/purses, GPS units, computers, weapons, and jewelry).
Or, at least, Hide those valuables so they aren’t in plain sight.
Here are some other helpful tips:
- Never leave your keys in the car or leave the vehicle running while unattended. Also, don’t hide spare keys in or under the vehicle. Over 25% of all stolen vehicles had the keys left in the vehicle.
- If you have an alarm system on your vehicle, use it.
- Securing items in your trunk is a good way to deter theft, but don’t place your property in the trunk at the time you park. Thieves will be watching for that, and can later enter your vehicle and open the trunk to steal your property.
- Park in well-lit areas and be alert to your surroundings.
- Use anti-theft devices. The use of devices such as a steering wheel lock, electronic alarm, an ignition kill-switch, gas cap lock, window VIN etching and a vehicle tracking device all protect your vehicle and deter vehicle theft.
- Document the serial numbers of your property or etch some type of identifying information on the property to help locate and identify it later in case of theft.
If you see suspicious activity in parking areas or in neighborhoods, be sure to call New Braunfels Police by dialing 9-1-1 or call NBPD’s non-emergency number: (830) 221-4100.
To establish a Neighborhood Crime Watch for your neighborhood, call (830) 221-4166.
And if you find a Reminder Card on or in your vehicle, it’s because an officer noticed that you were making your vehicle an easy target for burglary. Please partner with us to make your vehicle a harder target: Lock, Take, and Hide.
The New Braunfels Police Department offers Rape and Aggression Defense (RAD) classes. The course includes lecture, discussion and hands on self-defense techniques, suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Classes will be taught by officers of the New Braunfels Police Department, who are certified RAD Instructors.
Applicants must be female, at least 13 years of age, and reside within the City of New Braunfels or work within the City of New Braunfels. Students need to be in good health and capable of participating in a physical training with minor exertion and be able to understand basic verbal and visual instruction and to follow along with the lessons provided. Students must also be able to attend all four consecutive nights of class from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Protective gear will be provided for the attendees to use. The class will require a completed application and a signed liability waiver prior to acceptance into the class. The class is free of charge. For further information, please contact NBPD Training Officer Michael Burton at (830) 221-4127 to obtain an application.
How many car burglaries have happened in my neighborhood? Where have the DWI arrests happened in the last month? What area of town has the highest concentration of traffic accidents?
All of these questions and many others can now be answered using NBPD’s online crime mapping service: RAIDS Online. This interactive mapping program is updated daily and allows users to access NBPD’s database of crime reports in order to see basic information about where and when crimes occur in the City of New Braunfels.
Simply log on to RAIDS Online and then enter an address (to center on the city of New Braunfels, use: 400 Main Plaza New Braunfels TX 78130). Then, using the menus on the left side of the screen, you can select the date range you’d like to search and what type of crimes you’d like to see.
Once the map has populated you can then select individual cases to get more information, including the NBPD case number associated with that crime or incident. Remember, the map only shows incidents where a police report has been made.
Visit RAIDS Online or download the free RAIDS Online app (currently available only on Apple devices).