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The Sweeny Police Department is a small law enforcement agency comprised of 10 sworn officers:

Chief of Police John Barnard
Lieutenant Chad Makara
Sergeant Chris Beck


Patrol Officer Larry Odom
Patrol Officer Justin Losoya
Patrol Officer Francis McCollister
Patrol Officer Eddie Filer
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Reserve Officer Jeremy Way
Reserve Officer Rodney Koy

The department utilizes three marked police vehicles and one unmarked police vehicle on our regular patrols of the City. We are a 24-hour municipal police agency serving the City of Sweeny. However, our night-time dispatching is provided by another agency: the Brazoria County Sheriff's Department.  We utilize the jail facilities of the West Columbia Police Department and the Brazoria Police Department. Although our police station is only open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8am - 5pm, police officers are on duty and patrolling 24 hours a day to serve the City.

We serve an incorporated, Home Rule city with a population of approximately 5,000 citizens. Sweeny is located where FM 524 intersects FM 1459 in Brazoria County, Texas.  We are located about 65 miles southwest of Houston.  Sweeny is the westernmost city in Brazoria County.  

To understand the police service we provide, it is important to identify the type of community we serve. Overall, the community is largely residential. The majority of businesses are located on our Main Street (FM 524) and Second Street (FM 1459). These businesses, roughly 110 of them, include automotive repair shops, a shopping center, a supermarket, doctor and dentist offices, convenience stores, specialty stores, and restaurants. The city's hospital, the Sweeny Community Hospital, serves the City and the entire area of the West Brazos, and is going through a major expansion project. The Sweeny Independent School District operates three schools within the City: a high school, a junior high school, and an elementary school.

About this Police Web Site

The Sweeny Police Department has a good relationship with the citizens and businesses of Sweeny.  Because we are a small department, we are able to provide superior public service. This Web site was designed to be an additional resource to this community for information in regards to law enforcement, criminal justice, community service, and public safety.  We also want this Web site to reflect our dedication to the philosophy of Community-Oriented Policing Service, or COPS.  We want our community to have full access to the police department, and we believe that only through community involvement can our policing efforts be effective and lasting.

Our topics demonstrate our commitment to providing information which would ordinarily be inaccessible to the general public. We have listed all of the Sex Offenders living in the City of Sweeny. We have provided the names of our Most Wanted who are currently wanted for criminal violations, both misdemeanor and felony. We have calculated our crime rate, and we have documented our Crime Statistics. For those who want up-to-the-minute information, we provide important news information, including Crime Reports and Arrests, and other important information.  We have included links to other law enforcement and public safety agencies through our Police Links page.


We encourage feedback from our Web site visitors. Please send us your comments.  You may also e-mail us your questions about law enforcement, crime prevention, or any other topic. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Link With Us

We encourage merchants in the City of Sweeny to link with us.  We also encourage other police agencies and criminal justice organizations to link with us.  If you would like to e-mail us a link to your Web site, please do so be contacting our webmaster at webmaster@sweenypolice.org.  


This Web site is under constant construction and review.  We appreciate your comments about what you like or don't like.  The style, format, layout, content, and theme are subject to change without notice.

About Our Webmaster

My name is Chad Makara, and I am the webmaster for the Sweeny Police Department's Web site.  I have been a police officer for twenty-one (21) years with this agency, and I currently serve the department as a Lieutenant. I graduated from Wharton County Junior College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement.  I am a 1994 graduate of the Wharton County Junior College Police Academy.  I hold a Master Peace Officer Certification from TCOLE.

This Web site went online in February of 2003, and it was a project three years in the making.  Over those three years, I took careful steps in the implementation and administration of this Web site. Researching law, policies, and state/federal guidelines for law enforcement Web sites became an often daily task, along with learning HTML code, and reviewing hundreds and hundreds of police Web sites across the country, from the largest cities to small towns like Sweeny.  I have taken a conservative approach in the style and theme of the Web site.  I have tried to make it easy to navigate and as informative as possible.  There is no doubt that as I learn more about web design and programming, this site will change.  And, as the demands of this City necessitate, this site will change.

In closing, I would like to thank my family, the officers of the Sweeny Police Department, and the citizens of Sweeny for their kindness and support of this Web site.

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