A Message from the Chief

Crete is a wonderful place to work and live. Those who work for you at the police station take pride in being nothing more than the community Helpers that Crete’s children learn about in school. This reasoned approach to emergency service ensures residents and visitors may depend on a fair, just and compassionate response to their needs


The Crete Junior Police Patrol is a fun and exciting way for fourth graders to learn about crime prevention and ways to be safe. During our program, police officers teach the students about home security plans, what to do in case of severe weather, what to do in an emergency, what to do in a disaster, internet safety, the dangers of drugs and gangs and more. The students work in the classroom and are taken on a tour of the police station.

Graduating students will be invited to walk in the 2014 Saline County Fair Parade. The 2014 class will graduate on April 24th.

Crete children have been participating in the Junior Police Patrol since 1997.


The city of Crete tests it’s warning sirens at 10 am on the first Friday of each month between April and November. The sirens are sounded twice because we are testing the main system and the backup system. If the weather is threatening on the day of the scheduled test, it will be rescheduled for the following Friday.

Police Administration

The proper administration of a law enforcement agency brings focus to the organization. It also provides its members the direction and the freedom of action necessary to effectively serve the community. The chief of police is responsible to the mayor for the administration of the police department

Chief Hensel joined the department in 1994 after serving more than 15 years with other law enforcement agencies. The chief evaluates conditions related to crime and disorder, prepares operational and budget estimates, presents appropriate reports, allocates internal resources and works with local government and civic leaders to address community issues. Chief Hensel holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska and a master of strategic studies degree from the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. A recipient of the United States Bronze Star Medal and the Nebraska Legion of Merit, Chief Hensel is an army reservist with more than 31 years of active and reserve experience including tours in the Korean Demilitarized Zone and Baghdad, Iraq.

Chief Steve Hensel

With the assistance of subordinate leaders, the chief oversees the activities of 11 police officers, five dispatchers and a part-time community service officer. This responsibility includes maintaining internal discipline, evaluating performance, managing payroll expenses, and assisting the city with personnel records management.

Budget and Finance
The city’s governing body provides the department the resources necessary to meet the needs of the city. The chief is responsible to use these funds to achieve the maximum affect at the least expense.

Planning and Analysis
The department evaluates conditions of crime and disorder within the community and develops plans to meet these challenges within resource constraints.

The department is divided into three distinct sections that perform specific functions, enabling the organization to best serve the community. The leaders of the communications, patrol, and support sections answer to the chief of police.

Communications Section
The members of the communications section operate the city emergency communications center. This includes:

  • Answering 9-1-1 calls and non-emergency calls
  • Facilitating city radio communications
  • Activating community warning systems
  • Responding to the needs of police officers
  • Managing department records
  • Assisting station visitors
  • Collecting fees and fines, issuing pet and bicycle licenses,
  • Administrating burn permits for the Crete Volunteer Fire Department
  • Maintaining communication links with state and local emergency services

Patrol Section
The members of the patrol section reduce incidents of crime and disorder and respond to requests for service. This includes:

  • Patrolling the city
  • Identifying conditions facilitating criminal behavior and disorder
  • Presenting public safety and prevention programs
  • Apprehending law violators
  • Enforcing traffic laws and investigating traffic accidents
  • Assisting other law enforcement agencies

Support Section
The members of the support section devote attention to non-emergency services and maintaining the materials, equipment, and facilities necessary for the operation of the department. This includes:

  • Accounting for department equipment
  • Servicing vehicles
  • Assisting in criminal investigative matters
  • Sharing information with other agencies
  • Supervising community volunteer assistance
  • Maintaining the police station and grounds


The Crete Police Department serves the Community 24-7 and is organized to not only respond to crime and disorder but also to prevent crime and seek solutions to Community problems.

The Department is simply designed into four distinct sections (Communications, Patrol, Support, and Investigations). These sections carry out independent functions and also coordinate interdependent actions which contribute to the overall success Disp Feeken.jpgof the organization.

The members of the Communications Section operate the City’s Emergency Communications Center. To accomplish this, telecommunicators:

  • Answer 9-1-1 calls.
  • Manage City radio communications.
  • Operate Community warning systems.
  • Respond to the needs of police officers.
  • Prepare and account for Department records.
  • Greet and assist station visitors.
  • Maintain communication links with State and local emergency services.

The members of the Patrol Section watch the City and perform tasks that prevent crime and disorder. This includes:

  • Patrolling the City.
  • Answering calls for service.
  • Presenting public safety programs.
  • Apprehending law violators.
  • Investigating traffic accidents.
  • Assisting other law enforcement agencies.
  • Identifying conditions facilitating criminal behavior and disorder.

The members of the Support Section focus their efforts toward those issues not necessarily requiring the attention of police officers. This includes:

  • Enforcing parking and animal ordinances.
  • Operating the surrey.
  • Abating nuisance properties.
  • Maintaining Department equipment, vehicles, and also the police station and grounds.
  • Coordinating Community volunteer support.

The investigator devotes attention to issues directly linked with solving crimes. This includes:

  • Acquiring materials needed to effectively process crime scenes.
  • Training police officers in investigative techniques.
  • Consolidating and managing information.
  • Coordinating and sharing information
    The Investigations Section is currently inactive

    with prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies.

  • Identifying crime patterns and recommending response actions.


Communications Supervisor
The Crete Police Department Communications Supervisor reports to the chief of police and leads the communications section. In addition to performing the duties of telecommunicator and supervising the communications section, the communications supervisor is the chief’s primary advisor for city communications. The communications supervisor identifies communications resource needs and coordinates with the lieutenant to fulfill these needs. The communications supervisor trains the city’s telecommunicators and prepares them for positions of greater responsibility. As a key supervisor for the city, the communications supervisor works with the supervisors of other departments to better meet the needs of the people of Crete. The communications supervisor is responsible for information processing, city communications and records.

Telecommunicators are sometimes referred to as dispatchers and are responsible to the communications supervisor. They assist in accomplishing the goals of the department and the communications section. Telecommunicators are the city government’s primary operational link for emergency services. They also use all available means to efficiently process and maintain information and provide this information to the city’s “First Responders” 24 hours a day. These employees monitor the emergency communications of other agencies, operate the city’s teletype system, answer 9-1-1 calls and assist emergency service workers.


The Support Section is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing logistical and operations support of the Department. These functions include managing the use and maintenance of all Department logistical resources (i.e. police station and grounds, vehicles, weapons, office equipment, patrol equipment, etc.), the coordination of volunteer programs and volunteers, assistance with criminal investigations, the operation of the senior surrey and providing a broad range of support to assist other Department employees in completing their daily tasks and responsibilities.

The Support Sergeant reports directly to the Chief of Police and is responsible for assisting in the conduct of internal inquiries, the preparation of fiscal budgets, the development of policies and procedures and the production of reports for the Governing Body and other government agencies. In addition, the Sergeant is responsible for effectively disseminating information to media representatives, conducting statistical analysis and planning, representing the Department to outside law enforcement agencies and inter-agency organizations and responding to other assignments as directed by the Chief of Police or Lieutenant.

Sergeant Chad Menagh
Sergeant Chad Menagh joined the Crete Police Department in 1997 and is currently assigned as the Support Sergeant. Sergeant Menagh previously served as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer and Investigations Sergeant. Sergeant Menagh holds an Advanced Certificate to practice law enforcement in Nebraska at the supervisory and management level. Sergeant Menagh has served as a guest instructor at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center (NLETC) and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (NeLEIN) as the Training Coordinator. He is a member of the Police Officers Association of Nebraska (POAN) and the Midwest Gang Investigators Association (MGIA). Sergeant Menagh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Community Service Officer (CSO) Terrie Wardle
CSO Terrie Wardle joined the Crete Police Department in 2001. She reports directly to the Support Sergeant and is responsible for the operation of the Senior Surrey, maintenance of the police facility, providing temporary relief for dispatchers and assisting police officers with less-hazardous duties such as directing traffic or searching for lost children. CSO Wardle is a long-time Crete resident and a graduate of Crete High School. She also attended Southeast Community College and received a diploma in Medical Assisting.

The availability of transportation meets a great need within the Community. The Crete Senior Surrey is an exceptionally inexpensive means for citizens to move about the City. This taxpayer supported service is capable of delivering virtually any citizen anywhere within the City during its hours of operation. The Surrey’s normal operating hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 3:00PM. The Surrey does not operate on holidays observed by the City. Surrey operations may also be suspended, without notice, due to hazardous weather or other conditions.

Due to the generous hospitality of Doane College, the Nebraska Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (NeLEIN) has selected the College as the site of its annual training event. Each year, dozens of seasoned law enforcement officers from across the State attend an in-depth study of emerging investigation techniques. Lessons during this 2-week course include leadership, leveraging technologies, surveillance operations, photography, search and seizure, crime scene management, etc. As recognized experts in select fields, Crete officers are asked to present one or more lessons during each annual training session.

Inter-Agency/Department Coordination
The Department must work with other organizations to utilize available resources to best meet the needs of the people of Crete. The Support Sergeant represents the Department to law enforcement support organizations such as the Nebraska Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (NeLEIN) and the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC). The Sergeant understands the functions and capabilities of these organizations and, as the Department?s lead representative, maintains open communication with these organizations and counter-parts in other member law enforcement agencies.

Station Maintenance
Due to budget constraints, Department employees do most of the station maintenance. These actions are coordinated within the Support Section.

Reserve Officers
Reserve police officers are a vital link between the Department and the Community. These professionals provide Crete with an invaluable personnel resource in times of need. Reserve police officers, like their full-time counterparts, are appointed directly by the Mayor of Crete. These officers work part-time with full-time police officers maintaining order, preserving peace, fighting crime and protecting life and property. While important, the reserve force is not designed to replace or supplant the full-time force.