Harlingen Police Department
1018 Fair Park Emergency Services: 911
  Non-Emergency: 956-216-5940 
Harlingen, Texas  78550 Jail Division: 956-216-5465
  Municipal Court 956-216-5121 
Main Information: 956-216-5400
Crime Stoppers: 956-425-8477
Fax: 956-216-5445

Welcome Message from Chief

As Chief of Police, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Harlingen Police Department Website. It is a great honor for me to serve with the dedicated officers, support staff, and community partners as we collectively endeavor to provide the highest level of professional, quality service to the City of Harlingen.

Together, as a community united against crime, we can continue to enhance our quality of life and keep our homes, workplaces, and community safe.

It is our sincere desire to use this web page as a method for sharing and receiving information and ideas. I am confident that you will find useful information about your police department and its various functions and resources that are available to the citizens and visitors to our growing community.

Please use the available links to find out more about the department's organization, community partnerships, citizen volunteer programs, crime prevention information, and recruitment efforts.

Thank you for visiting us.

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Stephen Scot Mayer, Interim Chief of Police

Stephen Scot Mayer was appointed Interim Chief of Police of the City of Harlingen, Texas in December of 2013 and commands a department of 136 total sworn and 37 total civilian staff.  Prior to this appointment, Stephen Mayer served the community as the Assistant Chief of Police.  A position he held from August 2010 until his appointment as Interim Chief.  Stephen Mayer’s full service time, with the City of Harlingen Police Department, equates to over twenty-five years.  He holds to the philosophy of community service, and believes that a police department should,

  • Preserve and strengthen the principles of democracy,
  • Place its highest value on the preservation of life,
  • Ensure the prevention of crime is the Department’s number one operational priority,
  • Involve the community in the delivery of service while being held accountable for the service delivered, and
  • Be committed to professionalism while maintaining the highest standards of integrity.     


Phone: 216-5404

E-Mail Address:

  • 2007 Graduate Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (Sam Houston State University)
  • 2011 Graduate Rural Executive Management Institute (University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute)
  • 140 Credit Hours towards a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (Kaplan)

  • Master Peace Officer license Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE)


  • Over twenty five years of dedicated service to the citizens of Harlingen 

  • October 1989 – June 2005  Harlingen Police Department – Police Officer Uniform Patrol Division
    • Community Policing Division
    • Narcotics Division
    • Criminal Investigation Division


  • June 2005 – August 2010  Harlingen Police Department – Sergeant
    • Uniform Patrol Division – Supervisor 
    • Criminal Investigation Division – Supervisor 
    • Detention Division/Property & Evidence – Supervisor 
    • Gang Eradication Team – Supervisor


  • August 2010 – December 2013  Harlingen Police Department – Assistant Chief of Police

  • December 2013 - Present Harlingen Police Department - Interim Chief of Police


Genealogy, Cooking, History




Mission Statement
“It is the mission of the Harlingen Police Department to provide services with integrity and dedication, to preserve life, to enforce the law, and to work in partnership with the community to enhance the quality of life in the City of Harlingen.”

Services offered

  • 24/7 Emergency Police Response
  • 24/7 High visibility police patrol services
  • 24/7 Emergency police/fire 911 Communications service
  • Community outreach programs: CPAA, Explorers, Neighborhood Watch, SAVE, Crime Stoppers
  • Progressive approach to open media relations (P.I.O., Records)

Texas Police Journal
Benefits of Physical Fitness for Police Officers (pdf)

Police Contacts
Police Contacts Report 2012(pdf)


2012-2013 Press Releases & Jail List
Do you have information on a crime or a person involved in a crime? If you have information and would like to remain anonymous please call 425-TIPS. This information will be kept strictly confidential.

Volunteer & Community Programs

Click here for more information on how you can be a part of some of the programs available at the Harlingen Police Department.

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