CSTEP (College Station Tourism and Entertainment Police)
In 2013, the Field Operations Bureau implemented a full-time unit to cover the entertainment and tourism sections of the city. In the past, Uniformed Patrol utilized a bicycle unit in a part-time capacity assigned in pairs to patrol shifts. To respond to growing need to respond to calls for service in the Northgate area, an entertainment district unit was created to ensure the safety of Northgate patrons and visitors.
This unit allows a more proactive approach with our residents and tourists around hotels and restaurants, and still provide adequate coverage to keep our late night entertainment venues safe. The unit of eight officers is supervised by a Sergeant, and each member of the entertainment unit is assigned a titanium frame police mountain bike as their primary source of transportation. In addition to the bike, each pair of officers is assigned a patrol car to use when not policing by bicycle, and has access to a utility vehicle for use when conditions prevent regular patrol.
CSTEP also works within the community at events such as safety expos, bicycle safety presentations, school educational efforts and training other police departments in bicycle operations.
Each officer was trained in tourist-oriented policing to work proactively with our community. Through our relationship with St. Mary’s Church in Northgate, their generous staff agreed to enter into a partnership with the College Station Police Department by providing our entertainment unit office space in the section of town where they work.
CSTEP is under the immediate command of Sergeant Benton Keough, who can be reached by phone at (979) 764-3761 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lieutenant James Arnold