Department Biography

The City of Brownwood is located in central Texas and is the county seat for Brown County.  Incorporated in 1884, Brownwood was settled by farmers and cattle ranchers and was later dominated by the cotton industry.  Brownwood went through two boom periods in the first half of the twentieth century; that being the oil industry and later the formation of Camp Bowie during World War II.

 Today, with a population of 19,288 Brownwood is home to many industries.  Our community’s economic base has diversified and broadened through cooperative efforts between the city and industry leaders such as 3M, Kohler, and Superior Essex.  These companies are major community employers along with the Brownwood Regional Medical Center and Brownwood Independent School District.  An increase in business other health services, tourism and retirement contribute to making this community “Feel like Home”.

The Brownwood Law Enforcement Center (LEC) is located at 1050 W Commerce.  Dedicated in 2001, the LEC is the law enforcement hub for the county. It is home to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Brown County Jail, Brownwood Municipal Court and the Brownwood Police Department.  The Brownwood Police Department employs thirty-eight sworn police officers, sixteen communications officers, and seven civilian staff members.  Our agency is a civil service agency.  

Patrol Division Patrol Division consists of twenty six officers who work on four -12hour shifts.  Commanded by the Patrol Lieutenant, each patrol shift consists of a sergeant, corporal and four to five patrol officers.  

Special Services Division is commanded by a lieutenant. He oversees the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) which consists of one sergeant and five detectives.   In addition to CID, the Special Services Division oversees two animal control officers, a Department Training Coordinator and one School Resource Officer. 

Communications Division is commanded by the Communications Manager.  The Division consists of three 8hour; rotating shifts.  Each shift is led by a Communications Supervisor and consists of 3 officers.  Communications Division is a ‘central dispatch’ which means that we handle law enforcement, fire and 911 services for the entire county.