Police - Administration Main
Access to the Police Department lobby is closed to walk-in access until further notice. Details on certain administrative functions (parking ticket payment, animal licensing, etc.) are available in this section at the links below. Phone numbers for the station are listed below. Find more information on access to City staff and services here.
Crete Police Department
Steve Hensel, Chief of Police
Emergency: Call 911
Police Station - 1945 Forest Avenue
Non-Emergency (24 hours): 402.826.4311
Records Office (business hours): 402.826.6422
The Crete Police Department was founded early in Crete’s history and has a proud tradition of service to our ever-changing community.
We’re located at the corner of Highway 33 and Forest Avenue. With the exception of holidays, our daytime business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Noon to 5 p.m. When the station is closed, visitors may pick up the telephone at the front door, which will automatically ring our communications center.
The City has authorized a total of 16 full-time employees, the vast majority of which patrol the City and respond to the needs of those who live and work here. (See organizational chart.)
The organization is patrol-centric. Our patrol officers not only receive calls for service, but are also responsible for follow-through of each case from start to finish. These officers conduct/direct their entire investigation, receiving aid from others as they desire. After preparing their final case report, it’s ready for review and on to prosecutors.
The lieutenant leads the patrol division assisted by two sergeants, who are responsible for the night watch throughout the week. Together, they supervise all patrol officers and Crete’s school resource officer.
Patrol officers have many duties. The Department supports each officer as they develop their own unique talents and interests by offering training opportunities and resources allowing the officers to express these individual traits in a way that best serves the people of Crete.
A single sergeant oversees the support division supervising our administrative assistant and community service officer. The sergeant is responsible for material acquisition and accountability as well as facilities and vehicle fleet management. The sergeant manages grants, the internship and ride-along programs and also oversees nuisance property and parking enforcement.
Chief of Police
The Chief of Police works with other Community and government officials to best deliver services to Crete. With more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, Steve Hensel has served Crete as its police chief for the last 25 years.
He is a retired U.S. Army colonel having served in a variety of command, staff and support positions in the active Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve. During his military service, Hensel was assigned to the Joint Security Area in the Korea Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and was also the Deputy Commander of the Victory Base Complex Garrison in Baghdad, Iraq.
Chief Hensel is the current president of the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska and holds a Bachelor of Science degree of Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College. Email Chief Hensel at: firstname.lastname@example.org