Frequently Asked Questions

  • You may contact a police dispatcher at (409) 722-4965 and request to speak with an officer. Reports may also be filed in person at the Nederland Police Department located at 1400 Boston Avenue.

    (After hours: Please go to the rear of the Police Station and use the phone located in the call box to speak to a dispatcher.)

  • Any complainant or victim may check on the status of their case by calling the detective to whom their case was assigned or by calling the Business Office at (409) 723-1518; you will then be transferred to the assigned detective.

    It should be noted that detailed information on an ongoing investigation is not always available, even to a victim or complainant, and is not available to the general public.
  • Call the business office to request a copy of a police or accident report.
    To obtain a copy of a police/incident/accident report please call the Business Office at: (409) 723-1518.
  • After a patrol officer conducts an initial investigation and writes an offense report, the report is approved by a patrol supervisor and forwarded to a detective supervisor for assignment. This may take a day or two in itself, longer if a holiday weekend is involved.

    Moreover, each detective maintains a caseload assignment that averages 30 new cases a month. If a new case has little or no investigative "leads", it will not usually take precedence over a case with more workable information. Add to this the other duties competing for a detective's attention (court appearances, training days, assisting in other major cases, etc.) and it is readily apparent that immediate contact from a detective is not always possible.

    If at any time you have any questions regarding the status of your case please feel free to contact the detective assigned to your case directly or contact the Business Office at (409) 723-1518 and you will be transferred to your assigned detective.

  • A complainant may contact the detective assigned to their case and make arrangements to pick up their property during normal business hours. However, it should be noted that property that is considered evidence is sometimes necessary for trial. Consequently, the property might not be released to the owner until the trial is completed.
  • Information given to the police on a criminal case is not always enough to obtain a search or arrest warrant. Any information from a person who is not an eye witness (i.e.: “he said-she said”) must be corroborated by other evidence in order for a search/seizure or arrest warrant to be obtained from a court. From time to time rumors and stories abound "on the street" and these are taken as fact, when in fact, they are not true. However, useful information obtained from a third party may help a detective in his investigation and should always be forwarded to him.

    As with all of the divisions of the police department, the Criminal Investigation Division is dedicated to the service of the citizens and visitors. The Criminal Investigation Division's members stand ready to give their best effort in the constant battle against crime.
  • If you are resident of the City of Nederland you can have your fingerprints taken at the Nederland Police Department. The Nederland Police Department does not charge for this service.

    However, if you are not a resident of the City of Nederland, you should contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at (409) 835-8411 to arrange to have your fingerprints taken. The Sheriff’s Department can provide you with information regarding the cost of fingerprinting and what time they offer fingerprinting services to the general public.
  • Yes, the City of Nederland has an 11:00 pm curfew Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 midnight Friday and Saturday for all juveniles under the age of 17.

    The City of Nederland also has a daytime curfew that states no school age child under the age of 17, other than a minor that has been suspended or expelled from school, shall be at any public place within the city except in attendance at school between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm during any official school day when school is in session.



  • A golf cart has the meaning assigned by the V.T.C.A. Transportation Code, § 502.001. Further, golf cart means a motor vehicle with not less than three wheels designed by the manufacturer primarily for transporting persons on a golf course without regard to the mode of propulsion or any modifications made to the body, chassis, or any portion of the golf cart by any person. golf carts specifically exclude go-carts, neighborhood electric vehicles, off road vehicles, utility vehicles, and all-terrain vehicles, as defined by the Texas Transportation Code.

    Golf carts may be operated within the corporate city limits on streets with a posted speed limit of not more than 35 miles per hour.

    Golf carts are prohibited on any state highway located within the corporate boundaries of the city.

    A golf cart must have the following equipment to operate within the corporate city limits:

    1. Slow Moving Vehicle Emblem with Reflective Surface
    2. State Registered Golf Cart License Plate
    3. Two Headlamps
    4. Two Tail lamps
    5. Side Reflectors
    6. Parking brake
    7. Rear View Mirror

    The following exclusions and limitations apply to the operation of any golf cart in the City of Nederland.

    1. Golf carts may only be operated by persons with a valid driver's license.
    2. Golf carts may only be operated upon a public street or highway with a speed limit of not more than 35 mph unless otherwise restricted.
    3. A golf cart may cross a street or highway with a speed limit of more than 35 mph if said crossing occurs at an intersection and said crossing is perpendicular to the street or highway with a posted speed limit of more than 35 mph.
    4. Golf carts must move to the right and yield the right-of-way to faster moving vehicles.
    5. All golf carts must be equipped with a slow moving vehicle emblem.
    6. The driver and every occupant of a golf cart must remain seated in a seat designed to hold passengers, while the golf cart is in motion.
    7. No person may ride in the lap of the driver or any other occupant.
    8. Golf Carts may be driven at night.

    NOTE: Under Texas Law Golf Carts are considered motor vehicles and require minimum liability insurance and open container laws do apply.


  • No, the City of Nederland does not require an alarm permit.

  • Prisoners are not housed at the Nederland Police Department. Our prisoners are transported to the Jefferson County Jail. For information about jail visitation policies and procedures please call the Jefferson County Jail at (409) 726-2500.

  • You may contact the Nederland Municipal Court at (409) 723-1526 or (409) 723-1506 during regular business hours.
  • During business hours you may call the Nederland Municipal Court at (409) 723-1526 or (409) 723-1506 to receive information on arrestees and bonding procedures for arrestees with Class C charges pending in the Nederland Municipal Court.

    After hours you may call dispatch at (409)-722-4965. For arrestees with Class A/B Misdemeanors or Felony charges please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at (409) 835-8411.

  • For a local background check citizens must obtain one in person during business

    hours and speak to the police department secretary.

  • You may call Assistant Chief Andy Arnold at (409) 723-1517 to schedule a tour or request a speaker.