Blue Santa’s elves are busy working to provide toys to children in need in Georgetown. Like they do every year, Blue Santa and his elves need your help. A program of the Georgetown Police Department, Blue Santa provides toys to more than 1,500 children in Georgetown during its annual toy drive and distribution.
For more information, visit bluesanta.georgetown.org.
National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Please use the registration form below and let us know if you will be hosting a party for this year’s National Night Out and would like the Georgetown Police Department to participate. Registration for the event will close September 16th, 2021 at midnight. We are looking forward to this amazing CommUNITY event!
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The City of Georgetown is in daily communication with public health, city, and county officials across the region about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are sharing information with residents from the Williamson County and Cities Health District, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the disease and how to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
The City is preparing to implement a continuity of operations plan if such steps are needed to protect public health.
- Williamson County: Dial 2-1-1 and choose Option 6. Call Center hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
- Ascension Texas: 1-833-919-1680
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The Georgetown Police Department is hosting its seventh annual Junior Police Academy this summer. The JPA is a camp designed to strengthen the connection between law enforcement and local youth ages 8-12, giving them a chance to see what it’s like to become a cadet police officer over their summer vacation.
The free camp, geared toward Georgetown students, is modeled after the police academies that adults attend to become sworn peace officers.
Camps are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Camp sessions are:
- June 7-10 (ages 10-12)
- June 14-17 (ages 8-10)
- June 28-July 1 (ages 10-12)
- July 26-29 (ages 8-10)
- August 2-5 (ages 10-12)
- August 9-12 (ages 8-10)
There are only 20 slots available for each camp. Online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
National Night Out is an annual event to support safe neighborhoods. During your event are numerous opportunities to establish, build and strengthen partnerships with not only your neighbors, but public safety personnel and other City employees or officials.
Online registration for National Night Out block parties is available so do not wait! Registering your block party provides the information to the Georgetown Police Department so that an officer or other City employees or officials can visit your block party.
Last year there we celebrated virtually, but this year we are excited to be back in person. In 2019, there were more than 50 registered National Night Out events around our amazing city. Georgetown Police Department officers as well as other local law enforcement officers, elected officials, Georgetown firefighters and EMS technicians, and other City employees attended block parties and had a wonderful time.
There will be a “Come and Go” Host reception from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on September 28th at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center (3500 DB Wood Rd) for hosts to get information and party ideas! What are you waiting for? Sign up today! Registration closes on September 16th, 2021 at midnight.
City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday. City offices also will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. This includes the following:
- Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
- City Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street
- Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street
- Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Avenue
- Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh Street
- Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College Street
- Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth Street
- Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
- Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 DB Wood Road
City of Georgetown facilities with weekend or evening hours will observe these closures:
- Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive: open Dec. 23, open Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2
- Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive: open Dec. 23, closed Dec. 24 – 25, open Dec. 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 3 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2
- Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street: closing weekdays at 6 p.m. and closing at 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 19, closed Dec. 23 – 26 and Jan. 1 – 2, regular hours resume Jan. 3
- Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue: open Dec. 23 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Dec. 24 – 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 (opening at 8 a.m.)
- Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive: open Dec. 23 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Dec. 24 – 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open. Jan. 2 (opening at 8:30 a.m.)
- Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street: open Dec. 23, open Dec. 24 (closing at 12 p.m.), closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 12 p.m.), closed Jan. 1 – 2
Solid Waste and Recycling Collection
There is regular solid waste and recycling collection for Texas Disposal Systems customers on all days Monday through Saturday. This includes regular collection on Dec. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 26, Dec. 31, and Jan. 2.
For questions about solid waste and recycling collection, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.
Blue Santa’s elves are busy working to provide toys to children in need in Georgetown. Like they do every year, Blue Santa and his elves need your help.
A program of the Georgetown Police Department, Blue Santa provides toys to more than 1,500 children in Georgetown during its annual toy drive and distribution.
You can help Blue Santa by donating a toy at the Christmas Stroll Parade on Saturday, December 3. The parade starts at 10 a.m. New, unwrapped toys will be collected by Blue Santa Elves along the parade route, which is on Austin Avenue from Ninth to Sixth streets on the downtown Square.
New, unwrapped toys also may be dropped off in donation barrels in businesses and offices in Georgetown.
Monetary donations to purchase toys also are accepted. Checks to “CPAAA Blue Santa” should be sent to the Georgetown Police Department, c/o CPAAA Programs, 3500 DB Wood Road, Georgetown, TX, 78628.
Donate $15 or more to Georgetown Blue Santa and you’ll receive a collectible Blue Santa Elf lapel pin (see image lower right).
December 1 is the application deadline for assistance from Blue Santa. Applications are available at The Caring Place at 2000 Railroad Street and the Georgetown Police Department at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 DB Wood Road.
Children who qualify for Blue Santa are age 18 or younger, live in Georgetown city limits, and qualify for free or reduced lunch program at school or meet federal poverty guidelines.
For information about donation events and donations to Blue Santa, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.
Georgetown firefighters and police officers will participate in a memorial stair climb at the Georgetown ISD athletic stadium on Sunday, September 11. The climb is done each year as a tribute to first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Participants will climb the equivalent of 110 stories—the height of the World Trade Center towers in New York City.
The event begins at 8 a.m. with an invocation by Fire Lieutenant Brad Cox followed by comments from Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan and Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero. One firefighter and one police officer will post the colors before the climb begins. The Georgetown Fire Department Pipe Band will be at the event and will play prior to the climb.
The firefighters on the climb will be wearing firefighting gear including boots, helmets, protective pants and jackets, and air packs. Police officers will carry extra tactical gear on the climb. Participants will pause for a moment of silence at the times that each of the World Trade Center towers collapsed.
The gate to the stadium opens at 7:30 a.m. for the event. Members of the public and the news media are welcome to attend the event and observe.
The Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex is located behind Georgetown High School at 2211 N. Austin Avenue in Georgetown.
(Photo credit: Amanda Chron, Georgetown Police Department)
The first day of classes for schools in the Georgetown school district is Tuesday, August 23. The Georgetown Police Department reminds drivers to slow down in school zones. As students go back to school, police will be monitoring school zones throughout the city.
Look for the school zones at most of these Georgetown ISD schools:
- Carver Elementary, 4901 Scenic Lake Drive
- Cooper Elementary, 1921 NE Inner Loop
- Ford Elementary, 210 Woodlake Drive
- Frost Elementary, 711 Lakeway Drive
- McCoy Elementary, 401 Bellaire Drive
- Mitchell Elementary, 1601 Rockride Lane
- Pickett Elementary, 1100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
- Purl Elementary, 1700 Laurel Street
- Village Elementary, 400 Village Commons
- Williams Elementary, 507 E. University Avenue
- Benold Middle School, 3407 Northwest Boulevard
- Forbes Middle School, 1911 NE Inner Loop
- Tippit Middle School, 1601 Leander Road
- East View High School, 4490 E. University Avenue
- Georgetown High School, 2211 N. Austin Avenue
- Georgetown Alternative Program, 502 Patriot Way
- Richarte High School, 2295 N. Austin Avenue
- Williamson County Academy/Lott Juvenile Detention Center, 200 Wilco Way
School zone speed limits are in effect during the posted hours or when yellow lights are flashing. The fine for speeding in a school zone is $10 per mile over the limit, plus state court costs. This would mean a $229 fine for driving 30 mph in a 20 mph zone, for example.
State law prohibits the use of a wireless communication device in a school zone during the posted hours or when yellow lights are flashing.
The Citizen Police Academy is a 10-week course to educate citizens about all aspects of the Georgetown Police Department. The fall 2016 academy is instructed by police officers, fire department personnel, and officers of the district and county court system. The deadline to apply is August 22.
Session topics include the history of policing, laws and code of criminal procedure, criminal and accident investigations, lethal and less-lethal weapons, crime scene investigations, officer safety, the court system, fire department response, and other community support services.
Weekly classes begin on Thursday, August 25 and finish with a graduation ceremony on Thursday, October 27. Each class starts promptly at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The first class will be held in the training room of the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.
There is no charge to attend the academy, but seating is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available at the Georgetown Police Department reception desk or by emailing a request to Linda.Lipscomb@georgetown.org.
A background check will be conducted on all applicants. No one under the age of 18 is eligible to apply. Persons with a prior felony conviction will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of acceptance. For additional information or questions, please call (512) 930-2747.