Chief of Police
The mission of the Rio Grande City Police Department is to provide a city wide strategy to prevent and fight crime for a safer environment for the community.
Prior to becoming a public servant, Noe Castillo was an Administrative Assistant in the restaurant industry for Bowen Enterprises.
Castillo graduated from the Laredo Police Academy in December of 1994 and served as Deputy Constable. He then worked as a jailer and was quickly promoted to Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol with the Starr County Sheriff’s Department.
On August 1, 1995, the Rio Grande City Police Department was established and Castillo was hired as one of the first nine officers to patrol the streets of Rio Grande City; soon thereafter promoting to the rank of Detective. In July 2000 Castillo went on to work for the 229th District Attorney’s Office as grant writer for the Crime Victims Grant and assisted victims of crime with the following: applications for benefits such as funeral expenses, medical expenses, assisting victims in obtaining protective orders, and helping victims understand the judicial process and court system. He also conducted investigations and assisted counsel in case preparation for trial.
In 2002 Castillo went on to work for the RGC School District as K-9 Officer conducting investigations for the RGCCISD and enforcing the Texas Education Code and Texas Penal Code in the school setting. He also conducted Drug Awareness presentations to different students ranging from high school to middle school. In March 2005, Castillo was hired as Assistant Chief of Police for the Rio Grande City Police Department overseeing operations.
Castillo holds a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Advanced Police Officer License; TCOLE Fire Arms Instructor Certificate; and also a TCOLE Certified Instructor Certificate. He is an Advisory Board Member for the South Texas Border Regional Police Academy at Laredo Community College. (read more)
The Rio Grande City Police Department's functions are organized according to its administrative divisions:
- Administration: Lead the department by prescribing rules and regulations and taking all personnel actions.
- Criminal Investigations: Conduct investigations of crimes against life
and property and participate in investigative programs with other law enforcement entities.
- Patrol: Provide a visible and effective peace officer presence in the community through patrol units, Juvenile Offenders' Program, Crime Stoppers Program and Riot Team.
- Communications: Manage emergency and non-emergency communications from all department clients.
- HIDTA Task Force: The department participates in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
- Crime Stoppers: The success of the national Crime Stoppers Program has lead to the creation of a local program Crime Stoppers International (CSI). If you have a tip or other information please contact the Crime Stoppers Program or the department at 956/488-TIPS (8477).
- Lost Property: The department provides a procedure for the sale of unclaimed, lost or stolen articles coming into the custody of the department. Lost property sales are typically conducted with municipal surplus property sales. Please check periodically to find information on dates and locations for lost property auctions/sales.