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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

QUESTIONS

Police Reports

     How do I file a police report?

     How do I get a copy of a police report?

     I need a copy of a police report.  What is the cost?

     How can I check the status of my report/case?

 

Accident Reports

     I was in a traffic accident but the officer did not make a report.  Why?

     How long after the accident will it take for the report to be ready?

     I need a copy of an accident report.  What is the cost?

     What if I disagree with the officer's accident report?

 

Tickets

     How do I find out whether I have an outstanding ticket?

     How much will my ticket cost?

     How do I contest the ticket?

     I do not have the money to pay the fine. What will happen to me?

 

Warrants

     How do I find out whether I have an outstanding warrant?

     How can I take care of the warrant without going to jail?

 

Jail

     Does Sweeny have a jail?

     How do I find out if someone is in jail?

 

Legal

     Seat belts & the law (children and adults).

     Motorcycle Helmet.  Do I have to wear one?

     At what age can my child be left at home alone?

 

Fingerprinting

     Does Sweeny PD do fingerprinting for the public?

     I need to be fingerprinted.  What is the cost?

     What are the hours for fingerprinting?

 

Criminal History

     How do I get a copy of my criminal history?

     How do I get a local records check?

     I need a copy of a local records check?  What is the cost?

 

Patch Request

     How do I obtain a Sweeny Police Department patch?

     I want a patch.  What is the cost?

 

Ordinances

     Is there a curfew ordinance for juveniles/adults?

     Where can I find a list of ordinances?

 

Ammunition

     How do I legally dispose of ammunition?

 

Hours of Operation

     What are the hours of operation of the Sweeny Police Dept?

 

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ANSWERS

Police Reports

How do I file a police report?

A police report is an official government record documenting a criminal violation, death, certain accidents, public safety interests, and other misc. reasons.  To file a police report 24-hours a day, call us at 979-548-3111. An officer will be dispatched to your residence, business, or property.  Or, you may come to the police department and file a report at our office.  In certain situations, you may be able to file a police report over the phone (such as if you are out-of-town, hospitalized, etc.)  We are working to make online crime reporting an option, too. (top)

 

How do I get a copy of a police report?

Copies of police reports are generally available to the public between the hours of Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm by contacting our records department.  Your request must be made in writing, either in person, via fax, or via e-mail.  Visit our Contact Us page for contact details.  Your request must contain enough information to allow our staff to locate the report in a timely manner.  Unspecific or ambiguous requests may be rejected.  For more information, visit out Public Information page. (top)

 

I need a copy of a police report.  What is the cost?

There is a fee for police reports and other records.  The fee for a police report is $4.00.  Payments may be made with cash, check, or money order.  Credit card and online payments are not available. (top)

 

How can I check the status of my report/case?

Contact the records department at 979-548-3111 between the hours of Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.  You will be told if the case is still under investigation, if a warrant has been issued, if an arrest has been made, if property has been recovered, or if the case has been closed and why. (top)

 

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Accident Reports

 

I was in a traffic accident but the officer did not make a report.  Why?

There are a number of reasons.  First, generally, traffic accidents that occur on private property are not reportable, however there are several exceptions.  Secondly, accidents that occur on public right-of-ways (streets, roadways, alleys, sidewalks, ditches, etc.) where the damage does not exceed $1,000 in value is not reportable.  And lastly, if the accident is not reported to the police department immediately, vehicles are moved from the location of the accident, or if the accident occurred outside the city , the police department will not make a report. (top)

 

How long after the accident will it take for the report to be ready?

Usually, just a few days.  However, in some cases, it may be 10 days before the report is completed.  Driver's licenses, vehicle registrations, insurance coverage, and other information gathered at the scene are verified.  Witnesses may be interviewed, measurements may be taken, and diagrams may be drawn in order to recreate the accident.  There are many investigative tools utilized to be sure the accident report is complete and accurate.  This investigation and verification process usually takes several days.  Call our records department at 979-548-3111 between the hours of Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm to obtain an estimated date of completion. (top)

 

I need a copy of an accident report.  What is the cost?

There is a fee for traffic accident reports and other records.  The fee for an accident report is $6.00.  Payments may be made with cash, check, or money order.  Credit card and online payments are not available. (top)

 

What if I disagree with the officer's accident report?

Traffic accidents are investigated by trained officers on a case by case basis.  Officers gather facts and information at the scene, and based on the totality of the facts and circumstances, the officer makes a determination of the contributing factors in the accident.  OFFICERS DO NOT DETERMINE FAULT.  However, officers do determine violations of law and may issue citations or make arrests based on those violations. If you disagree with the final accident report, you should contact the officer to discuss your questions or concerns.  You may also contact the Patrol Sergeant. The officer has the final say in how the report is written.

 

Please understand:  who pays for the damage and other related costs is a matter which must be determined by the parties involved, their insurance companies, or a civil court. For specific legal advice, contact an attorney. (top)

 

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Tickets

 

How do I find out whether I have an outstanding ticket?

Call the Sweeny Municipal Court at 979-548-5189 between the hours of Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. (top)

 

How much will my ticket cost?

Punishment is accessed by the municipal judge.  Visit the Sweeny Municipal Court online at www.ci.sweeny.tx.us/municipal_court for a list of ticket costs. (top)

 

How do I contest the ticket?

At arraignment, plead not guilty.  For more details, visit the Sweeny Municipal Court online at www.ci.sweeny.tx.us/municipal_court. (top)

 

I do not have the money to pay the fine. What will happen to me?

If you can not pay the fine, you may be put in jail until you have earned enough credit to pay the fine.  You may also be ordered to perform community service.  For more details, visit the Sweeny Municipal Court online at www.ci.sweeny.tx.us/municipal_court. (top)

 

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Warrants

 

How do I find out whether I have an outstanding warrant?

Contact the Sweeny Police Department at 979-548-3111 or the Sweeny Municipal Court at 979-548-5189.  Or, send an e-mail to us requesting the information at inbox@sweenypolice.org.

 

06/20/2007:  The Sweeny Police Department made its Warrant List available online today.  The Warrant List is a comprehensive alphabetical listing of persons charged with crimes in the City of Sweeny.  The Warrant List is available to view, download, and/or print on our Warrants Web page and requires Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher. (top)

 

How can I take care of the warrant without going to jail?

You must see the judge, enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest, and make arrangements to pay the fine, such as setting up a payment plan.  If you default on the payment plan, you may be subject to additional fines, and another warrant may be issued for your arrest.  You are subject to arrest at any time while the warrant is issued until it is recalled by the court. (top)

 

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Jail

 

Does Sweeny have a jail?

No.  The Sweeny Police Department maintains an interlocal cooperative agreement with the City of West Columbia so that all persons under arrest in the City of Sweeny are placed in the West Columbia Police Department Jail.  The police department does, however, maintain a temporary holding cell for the temporary placement of persons under arrest until they can be transported to jail. (top)

 

How do I find out if someone is in jail?

If the person was arrested in Sweeny by the Sweeny Police Department, call the West Columbia Police Department at 979-345-5121 or the Brazoria Police Department at 979-798-2195. (top)

 

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Legal

 

Seat belts & the law (children and adults).

Texas law requires drivers and front seat passengers in all vehicles to be secured by a safety belt.  Children under 17 years old must be secured with a safety belt or in a child safety seat, whether they are sitting in the front or back seat.  A child under eight (8) years old must ride in a child safety seat, unless that child is taller than 4'9".  A safety belt violation can result in fines ranging from $25 to $200, plus court costs.

 

ADULT:  Front Seat = YES

ADULT:  Back Seat = NO

 

CHILD 17 and UNDER:  Front Seat = YES

CHILD 17 and UNDER:  Back Seat = YES

 

CHILD SAFETY SEAT = YES, if under eight years old or less then 4'9" tall.

 

EFFECTIVE 09-01-2009:  A child under eight (8) years of age or less than 4'9" tall must ride in a child safety seat. 

 

Motorcycle Helmet.  Do I have to wear one?

Texas law provides that anyone who operates a motorcycle or rides on a motorcycle on a public street or highway must wear protective headgear meeting standards adopted by DPS.  An operator is also responsible to ensure that any passenger is also helmeted.  However, there is an exception for individuals who are at least 21 years of age and have either successfully completed a motorcycle operator training and safety course or are covered by a health insurance plan providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident.

 

At what age can my child be left at home alone?

This is a frequent question asked by many parents, and it is difficult to clearly answer.  The information provided here is meant to guide parents in areas of prevention and safety, and is not meant to act as a permission tool nor as legal advice.  A child's maturity is the key question when leaving him/her at home without supervision.  Most children are not mature enough to be left home alone until they are over 12  to 13 years old.  To determine your child's level of maturity, consider these important factors:

  • Is your child comfortable staying by himself/herself?

  • Is he/she scared?

  • Does he/she ask you not to leave them alone?

  • Has your child recently been involved in mischievous, assaultive, or destructive behavior?

  • Does your child have any type of physical, psychological, or learning disabilities?

  • Does your child know his/her name, address, telephone number, and how to reach parents/guardians?

  • Does your child know how to contact responsible adults, such as friends, family, and neighbors?

  • Does your child know basic safety precautions and guidelines to prevent injury and property damage?

  • Does your child know how to answer the telephone or the door?

  • Does your child know how to properly respond to an emergency, such as a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, or burglar alarm?

  • Does your child know what to do in an emergency, such as how to call 9-1-1 and how to get out of the house if there is a fire or other disaster?

  • Does your child have access to alcohol, firearms, or other dangerous substances/items?  If so, they should be secured prior to your departure.

  • Does your child understand his/her responsibilities and restrictions, for example, restrictions on watching TV or using the Internet or swimming pool use, cooking, or having visitors?

  • Is your child mature enough to abide by the rules even in your absence?

Start with short periods -- not longer than an hour -- when you will be readily available in case of a problem.  As you gain more confidence in his/her ability to take care of himself/herself, gradually lengthen the time.

 

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Fingerprinting

 

Does Sweeny PD do fingerprinting for the public?

Yes. No appointment is necessary.  We do not have a Certified Fingerprint Officer, though all officers are thoroughly trained in recording fingerprints. (top)

 

I need to be fingerprinted.  What is the cost?

Fingerprinting is a FREE service provided by officers of the Sweeny Police Department. (top)

 

What are the hours for fingerprinting?

Fingerprinting is done Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am-5pm.  No appointment is necessary. (top)

 

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Criminal History

 

How do I get a copy of my criminal history?

Criminal records are maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Crime Records Service, Correspondence Section.  Contact them at (512) 424-2151.  Information may also be obtained via the Internet at the Crime Records Division of the DPS Web site:  http://records.txdps.state.tx.us. There is a fee charged for this service and other restrictions apply. (top)

 

How do I get a local records check?

Contact our Records Department in person Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am-5pm.  Bring identification. (top)

 

Our Records Department will check local files for any arrests or citations. However, this records check does not include federal or state criminal history files. (top)

 

I need a copy of a local records check?  What is the cost?

A local records check is provided FREE of charge. (top)

 

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Patch Request

 

How do I obtain a Sweeny Police Department patch?

Send a written request and proper payment.  Visit our Police Patch page for more details. (top)

 

I want a patch.  What is the cost?

The cost of our police patch is $4.00, limit 2 per request. (top)

 

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Ordinances

 

Is there a curfew ordinance for juveniles/adults?

Juveniles, YES.  Adult, NO.  Persons age 17 and younger are prohibited from public places without adult supervision between the hours of 11 p.m. though 6 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday and between the hours of midnight through 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are certain exceptions for work and school activities.  The curfew for persons 14 and under is 10:30 p.m.  through 6 a.m. seven days a week. (top)

 

Where can I find a list of ordinances?

Visit the City of Sweeny's Web site at www.ci.sweeny.tx.us for a list of most ordinances. (top)

 

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Ammunition

 

How do I legally dispose of ammunition?

NEVER throw ammunition (bullets or shotgun shells) in the garbage. There are three ways to properly dispose of ammunition.  You may relinquish it to the police department, you may relinquish it to a registered firearms dealer, or you may relinquish it to a gun shop. (top)

 

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Hours of Operation

 

What are the hours of operation of the Sweeny Police Dept?

The Sweeny Police Department has officers on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  However, the police station is only open for walk-in service Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am-5pm. (top)

 

 

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More Information
If you have additional questions, please call the Sweeny Police Dept. at (979) 548-3111 or send us an e-mail to the following e-mail address:

info@sweenypolice.org.