The Shavano Park Police Department is dedicated to providing professional police service to our community. The goal of the Police Department is to provide a safe environment for those that live and visit Shavano Park by preserving the peace and maintaining the “home town and rural” atmosphere of our community. The Police Department is here for the needs of our community.
On behalf of the employees of the Shavano Park Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our website. Community Policing"
David W. Creed, Police Chief
David Creed was appointed Chief of Police for Shavano Park in March 2012 after serving as Interim Police Chief since October 2011. Chief Creed entered the profession of law enforcement in 1977 after serving with the U.S. Navy. Chief Creed has over 31 years experience in Texas Law Enforcement. Prior to coming to Shavano Park, Chief Creed served as Deputy Chief of Police at Luling PD for almost 12 years. Chief Creed is a 2000 graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University and holds that institution’s LCC professional designate. He is a noted police training expert and has been a guest lecturer at Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, and Howard Payne University. In 1999 Chief Creed was recognized by the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He was awarded that professional association’s Distinguished Police Service award and was inducted into the National Association of Chiefs of Police Hall of Fame. He holds numerous law enforcement commendations including Distinguished Command Officer, Police Supervisor of the Year, and 10 Life Saving Awards. Chief Creed originally from Fort Worth, Texas, is married to his high school sweetheart and has 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He enjoys reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, and simply relaxing with his wife and dog.
The Shavano Park Police Department has supported “Community Policing” for numerous years through its community services and crime prevention programs.
Community policing is a joint effort between a police department and the community. This collaboration identifies problems of crimes and disorder, and searches for solutions to solve these problems.
The Shavano Park Police Department offers Community Oriented Policing Programs which are of interest to the residents of the city.
We provide an OUT OF TOWN program where citizens are urged to call our administration office and report when they are going to be away from their residence for any extended periods. The officers will then visually check the location during their shifts. This offers residents peace of mind when they are away from home.
We also provide, a PATROL-BY program which is designed to assist residents who have security concerns that they wish to make us aware of.
Our residents are encouraged to contact us to schedule one of these services.
Obtaining Police Reports
Copies of police reports may be purchase at 900 Saddletree Court, located on the corner of DeZavala Road and N.W. Military Highway. The Administrative office is open Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 8a.m. to 12p.m. and 1p.m. to 5p.m.
The cost for a copy of a police report is $6.00. Payment may be made by cash only!
You will be required to complete an OPEN RECORDS REQUEST FORM.
Please contact the administrative office by phone for additional information at (210)492-9248.
Burglary of Vehicles
Open garage doors and vehicles offer criminals the chance to obtain personal items such as purses, checkbooks, and computers, which could then be used for their own personal gain. In order to prevent these crimes from occurring, citizens should not leave personal belongings in vehicles and keep garages closed when not in use. Please help to prevent yourself from becoming victims of crime by keeping garage doors and vehicles locked at all times and always use auto and home alarm systems, even when you are home. If you do not park your vehicle in the garage please ensure the windows are rolled up, lock the doors, and set the alarm. It only takes a minute or two for a burglar to remove items from your garage or vehicles while you are inside your home. If you are unable to park your car in a garage, it is important to park your car in a well lit area to help discourage a criminal from breaking into your vehicle.
Crime Prevention in the City of Shavano Park
With the holidays here I would like to remind everyone of a few tips to protect your homes, cars, and property.
If you see any suspicious activity please contact our dispatch office at (210) 804-0110. Thank you.
Tips to Protect Your vehicle from Burglaries/Theft
Open garage doors and vehicles officer criminals the chance to obtain personal items such as purses, wallets, and checkbooks, which could be then used for their own personal gain. In order to prevent these crimes from occurring, citizens are encouraged not to leave personal belongings in vehicles or in plain view. Please help to prevent you from becoming victims of crime by keeping garage doors and vehicles locked at all times and always use auto and home alarm systems, even when you are home. If you do not park your vehicle in the garage please ensure the windows are rolled up, the doors are locked, and the alarm is set. It only takes a moment for a burglar to remove items from your garage or vehicles while you are inside your home. If you are unable to park your car in a garage, it is important to park your car in a well lit area to help discourage a criminal from breaking into your vehicle.
Tips to Protect Your Home from Burglaries
The holidays are one of the heaviest times for travel and time away from home. They are also when the largest number of home burglaries occur. However, a break-in can occur at any time of the year. The following suggestions are a few tips that you can use to help protect your home and your valuables.
If you can gain access to your home without a key, so could a thief. Make an exterior examination of your home to include all doors and windows. Ensure that they have a tight fit when closed. Also, check to see if there is any “wiggle room” which could allow a thief enough space to jimmy it open. Check to see if the blinds are placed to block the interior view. Do not leave any ladders accessible that could be used to climb to the second floor.
Always leave your home secure! A thief can enter and leave you home in moments. It doesn’t matter if you go to the grocery store, leave for the weekend, or go out of the country for the month. Check all doors and windows to ensure they are locked and secure.
Keep that “lived-in” look
While away for an extended stay, make sure your home looks lived-in. Set timers to go on and off at varied times. Another suggestion is to set a timer on a radio to a talk-radio station. Also, ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers and fliers that may pile up on your doorstep. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home while you are away. You can return the favor when they go out of town.
Have an alarm system installed in your home and use it!
Take inventory of your major possessions. You can video tape your possessions or take individual photos. Also, you should record the serial and model number of the items if there is one, if not then mark your property with and identification number.
Do not leave a spare key under the door mat! Most “secret” places you can think of, the thief has probably thought of too. Consider giving a key to a family member that you trust to bring you the key or that you can retrieve the key from in an emergency situation.
Worst Case Scenario
Make sure you have adequate homeowner’s coverage. If you have made improvements or purchases that have increased the value of your home, then you may need to upgrade your coverage. What’s worse than losing your valuables is not being covered to recoup your losses