Royce Couch (no photo available) only served as the Chief of Police in New
Braunfels one year, but it happened to be during the Flood of 1972, which
killed 15 people and did approximately $15-million in damages, according to the
May 13, 1972 edition of the New
Flood Ravages New Braunfels
RIGHT: Damaged property outside of a home on Union Avenue.
LEFT: Damaged trees near the I-35 Bridge over the Guadalupe River.
RIGHT: Flood damage at the intersection of East Edgewater Terrace and Houston Avenue.
New Braunfels…Then and Now
LEFT: 600 Block of Loop 337 looking North in 1973
LEFT: 600 Block of Loop 337 looking North in 2016
Patrolling New Braunfels
ABOVE: A Texas DPS Trooper investigates after two NBPD squad cars were involved in a minor accident on W. San Antonio St. @ Sycamore (at the entrance to the Gibson’s Department Store parking lot).
RIGHT: (L-R): Ofc. Terry Scott, Ofc. Kevin Clayton, Ofc. “Bubba” Rutledge, Ofc. Gilbert Adana, Sgt. Domingo Herrera, & Det. Felix Roque
1974: Burney C. Boeck Becomes Ninth Chief of Police
ABOVE: Chief Burney Boeck (middle row, second from far right) stands with the entire staff of the New Braunfels Police Department in this photo from 1974. Chief Boeck holds the record for being the longest serving Chief of Police. He retired after serving 17 years as the head law enforcement officer in the city.
Typical NBPD Patrol Squad
LEFT: A typical NBPD Patrol Squad in the mid-1970’s consisted of a Sergeant (in the white hat) and three Patrol Officers.
Pictured (L-R): Officer Pat Smith, Officer John Wommack, Officer Lester Jones, and Sgt. Jimmy Castillo
NBPD Moves Headquarters to 111 West Garden Street
ABOVE: Dedicated in 1974, the NBPD Headquarters (and Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center) was located at 111 W. Garden Street inside a renovated car dealership building. The headquarters remained in this building until NBPD moved to its current location on S. Seguin Ave. in 1998.
BELOW: The dedication plaque for the Garden Street headquarters currently hangs on a wall outside the office of the Chief of Police.
NBPD Group Photograph
ABOVE: Taken in front of the Garden Street NBPD Headquarters. Chief Burney C. Boeck is seated just left of center in the front row.
Downtown Parking Meters
ABOVE: Parking Meters, like the ones seen here in front of the New Braunfels Utilities building, were installed in downtown New Braunfels in 1946 and they continued to operate until 1988 when all 400 of the meters were removed.
RIGHT: Sgt. Domingo Herrera places a bag over a San Antonio St. parking meter declaring that automobiles will not be permitted to park along the parade route for the Comal County Fair Parade the next day.
Specialized Firearms Training
Patrolman Kevin Stevens (above) and Detective Jim Bunton (left) practice new firearm techniques at the firing range. The new techniques were taught by Patrolman Kevin Clayton (not pictured), who had recently completed a firearms training course in Austin. This scenario had officers first shooting from a moving police car, then stopping and using the car to shield them from shots fired from various positions.