Pirates Property Owners Association
Galveston Police Power of Attorney   

How To Obtain a Galveston Police Department Power of Attorney
for Your Property in Galveston
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Galveston Police Power of Attorney Form
 

Widespread interest has been indicated regarding obtaining the Galveston Police Power of Attorney for homes in the Pirates community.

This information sheet outlines how you can complete the Power of Attorney and obtain the sign that can be posted on your property.

  • Why Should I Consider a Galveston Police Power of Attorney for My Galveston Property

    The Galveston Police Power of Attorney provides the Galveston Police with permission to go onto the property when the owner is absent if there is someone suspicious on it and to charge that person with a criminal offense if so warranted.

    Without the power of attorney, if the patrol officers catch someone on your property they can detain the person but they need the property owner (you) to actually press charges since you are the victim.

    Without the victim (the property owner) pressing charges the police have to let the trespasser or criminal go. This can present a problem for the police since many of the property owners live elsewhere and the police may not be able to contact the property owner. The power of attorney lets the police charge the trespasser or criminal on your behalf without the police having to contact you. That’s all it does.

  • Completing the Power of Attorney at the May 10, 2014 Pirates Property Owners Association Board Meeting

    A police representative will attend our May 10, 2014 board meeting so that residents can submit their power of attorney form and receive a sign which can be posted on your property.

    PPOA Board of Directors Meeting
    Meeting 9:00 am on Saturday, May 10, 2014
    Galveston Country Club

    Interested residents should bring some sort of property identification such as an electric bill, water bill, telephone bill, tax bill, or other such item which shows your Galveston address.

    Note: you can fill out your form and have it notarized before you come to the meeting to expedite the process at the meeting.

  • Completing the Power of Attorney In Person at the Galveston Police Station

    You can visit at the Galveston Police Department in person and complete the power of attorney form at the following location:

    Police Department Training Secretary
    601 54th Street
    Galveston, Texas 77551

    Hours are between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

    Be sure to bring along some supporting document such as an electric bill, water bill, telephone bill, tax bill, or other such item which shows your Galveston address.

    Upon completing the form at the police station you will receive the sign which can then be posted on your property.

  • Completing the Power of Attorney via Mail

    The power of attorney form can be downloaded from the PPOA website. Once you sign that form and have it notarized, you can mail the form, along with some supporting document such as an electric bill, water bill, telephone bill, tax bill, or other such item which shows your Galveston address to:

    Police Department Training Secretary
    601 54th Street
    Galveston, Texas 77551

    Note that you will need to eventually stop by the police station in person at the above address and obtain the sign which can then be posted on your property.

  • Posting the Power of Attorney Sign on Your Property

    Click here to see what the sign for your property looks like

    Once you have your sign, it should be posted in some location where it is easily visible from the street.

    This could be in a window, attached to a wall of your home, attached to a piling or other such visible location.

    It should be noted that a prominently displayed sign on your property may discourage trespassers because they know that they can be picked up immediately and charged by the police

  • What If I Don’t Have the Sign or Lose It.

    Once the power of attorney form has been completed and accepted by the Galveston Police Department, they will have that information on record.

    Theoretically, if the police are at your property they should be able to check their records and tell that there is a power of attorney for that address. However, it is far better if you have the sign posted so that it can be seen from the street.

    It should be noted that a prominently displayed sign on your property may discourage trespassers because they know that they can be picked up immediately by the police.

  • Other PPOA Meetings

    In addition to the May 10 PPOA meeting where a police representative will be on hand to complete help you complete the power of attorney and provide you with your sign, PPOA may schedule appearances by the Galveston police at other PPOA meetings and events.

    Notices of any such PPOA events which will feature an appearance by the Galveston police will be sent