Chief Jeff Powell was appointed as the Public Safety Director in August 2016, and
oversees police operations and emergency management for the City of Santa Fe. Chief
Powell formerly served as the Assistant Chief of Palestine Police Department, where
he served for 22 years as a patrolman, detective, and administrator before retiring from
that agency in July 2016. Powell started his law enforcement career as a Deputy with
Harris County Sheriff's Office, where he served for three years. He is also a military
veteran, having four years active service in the United States Marine Corps from
He holds a Master Peace Officer License, a Basic Instructor Certificate, a Bachelor's
of Arts and Applied Sciences (Criminal Justice) from Midwestern State University and
a Master's of Science in Applied Criminology from Texas A&M-Commerce. He has
received a Certified Public Manager certification through the William P. Hobby Center
for Public Service of Texas State University. Chief Powell completed the Texas Police
Chief Association Foundation's Developing Leaders in Texas Law Enforcement Course
as well as FBI_LEEDA Courses on Leadership and Internal Affairs.
Powell has also received specialized training during his career for Intoxilizer Operations,
Homicide Investigations, Handwriting Comparison, Fingerprint Comparison, Hostage
Negotiations, NIMS, and has received training as a Public Information Officer.
Chief Powell enjoys culinary arts, sports, and spending time with his family.
The Santa Fe Police Department's mission is to enforce laws, protect life, property
and to serve the community with the rights of all citizens in mind. To accomplish
this mission, a large number of people and other resources must be systemically
directed and coordinated in a cost effective manner.
- Protect persons from harm or loss of property
- Take proactive and post active actions to identify, arrest and contributes to
improve performance and community image
- Effectively and efficiently provide law enforcement of the traffic laws
- Respond to reasonable needs for assistance from the public
- Cooperate with other law enforcement agencies and the Criminal Justice system
- Manage the Department in a manner that limits unnecessary exposure to civil
The Santa Fe Police Department has a paid police department, its citizens have
voted to adopt municipal civil service within its police department and the City has
implemented municipal civil service, on behalf of its police department, by
The agency is comprised of one Captain, one Lieutenant, four Patrol Sergeants
and thirteen sworn Patrol Officers of which there are two Criminal Investigators.
For a list of the Department's personnel click here.
You can contact Capt. Philip Meadows @ Captain Philip Meadows.
The department in an effort to improve communication and understanding between the citizens we
serve and the department, proudly announce the introduction of two different
programs available for citizens to interact with the department. The two programs
are Coffee with a Cop and Stroll With Patrol. Click on Press Release 8-11-16 for
more information. Stroll With Patrol is now being held at SF Jr. High track.
Eligibility List effective March 13, 2017 for Entry Level Police Officer