The Georgetown Police Department began in 1948 when the City Council established the positions of Chief of Police and two patrolmen. The first patrol vehicle was purchased in that year. Up until that period of time, a City Marshal answered all calls for police protection.
Today the Georgetown Police department has a full-time staff of 80 sworn police officers, 26.5 civilian support staff, 10.5 animal services personnel, and 5 code enforcement officers. Each member of the department is committed to our vision. Our vision is stated below.
To be the standard in law enforcement through leadership, innovation, and a commitment to excellence.
Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values
“Serve with honor, protect with vigilance”
We shall carry out the vision and mission statements, while utilizing the city Employee Values Statement and the following core values as our guiding principles.
We shall demonstrate the courage to do what is right, putting honesty, sense of duty, and sound moral principles at the forefront of our decision making. Supporting attributes include: Ethical Behavior, Honesty, Honor, Courage, and Loyalty.
We shall inspire, empower, develop and support one another to reach our fullest potential, both individually and organizationally, in order to achieve strategic goals. Supporting attributes include: Teamwork, Communication, Wisdom, Commitment, and Objectivity.
We shall be fiercely committed and highly motivated to combine our energy and expertise to achieve excellence through collaborative partnerships. Supporting attributes include: Trust, Inclusiveness, Diversity, Enthusiasm, and Sense of Humor.
We shall demonstrate respect for all regardless of circumstance, model conduct beyond reproach, and exemplify the highest standards of personal appearance. Supporting attributes include: Attitude, Dedication, Excellence, Pride, Service, Courtesy, Fairness, Compassion, Sincerity, and Empathy.
We shall individually and organizationally demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving desired results by making sound personal choices through empowerment. Supporting attributes include: Competency, Reliability, Responsibility, Work Ethic, and Consistency.
GEORGETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
The EAGLE represents power, strength, and swiftness. Its demeanor is in a constant state of vigilance.
The SHIELD represents the protective nature of law enforcement. The Shield has five stripes indicative of the Police Department’s five core values of Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Professionalism, and Accountability. The Eagle is embracing the shield in a guarded manner placing added emphasis on its importance.
The THREE STARS on the shield have dual meaning. First, they represent the three critical dimensions necessary for organizational success: Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication. Second, they refer to the Police Department’s strategy for organizational development. The Georgetown Police Department promotes officer development in three vital areas: Knowledge (Scholar), Interpersonal Skills (Statesman), and Tactics (Warrior).
The FIVE POINTED STAR represents the Great State of Texas.
The CIRCULAR RING represents Teamwork, Unity, and Synergy. DUTY, HONOR, COMMUNITY is one of the organizational mottos.