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Wayne Nero
Chief of Police
Office: 512-930-2500
wayne.nero@georgetown.org

On behalf of the men and women of the Georgetown Police Department welcome to our official website. I hope you find the information contained herein informative and useful.

Georgetown is home to an extraordinary and diverse community of nearly 70,000 residents.   Georgetown is located just north of Austin and was recently named the fastest growing community over 50,000 in the United States! Despite our growth, Georgetown maintains its small town feel and remains an exceptional place to live, work, and play.

The Georgetown Police Department is comprised of 85 sworn officers and 41 support staff, which includes: patrol, investigations, communications, animal services, and code enforcement. Special assignments include Community Engagement, School Resource Officer, SWAT (Regional Team), Traffic, Deployment, HIDTA Task Force, Honor Guard, and Bike Patrol.

In February 2015, the police department moved into our Public Safety Operations & Training Center. The facility is state of the art and is a gem of the Georgetown community. The main building is approximately 76,000 square feet and includes space for all police operations, fire administration, three Training Rooms, a standalone Emergency Operations Center, Communication Center, Gym, Crime Lab, Vehicle Evidence Bays, Defensive Tactics Lab, and Locker Rooms/Showers. Behind the main building is an 18,000 square foot Tactical Building with 13,000 square feet of moveable walls and catwalks for reality based training.  The Tactical Building also includes a 3,200 square area with equipment for functional training. Behind the Tactical Building is a Slow Speed Driving Track and Skid Pad.  On the south end of the property is an obstacle course for confidence/team building and physical conditioning. Future projects on campus will include a hybrid firearms range; 50 yards with 15 lanes (2021).

The vision of the Georgetown Police Department is “to be the standard in law enforcement through leadership, innovation, and a commitment to excellence.” Our mission is to “serve with honor, protect with vigilance.” Both the vision and mission are supported by five guiding core values: “integrity, leadership, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.” Our vision, mission, and values were developed from the ground up with input from all across the organization and serves as an inspiration for both actions and decision making throughout the organization. Said differently, they are not words that merely hang on the wall, but an encouraging and guiding framework that keeps us focused on the pursuit of our collective potential.

Refuse Mediocrity,

Wayne

 

Thank you for visiting our website. I welcome your suggestions, ideas, and feedback.  I can be reached at wayne.nero@georgetown.org.

 

 

CHIEF NERO’S BIOGRAPHY

Chief Nero was appointed the Chief of Police for the City of Georgetown in April 2010. Prior to Georgetown, he served over 16 years with the Desoto, Texas Police Department. He left Desoto while serving in the capacity of Assistant Chief of Police.  He has served in specialized assignments such as Investigations, SWAT, Bike Patrol, and Training.  He holds numerous instructor certifications in areas such as tactical operations, firearms, defensive tactics, and counterterrorism.  Prior to his law enforcement experience Chief Nero served as a Squad Leader in the United States Marines Corps assigned to Marine Security Company, which provides security for the Presidential Retreat, Camp David. 

In 2009 he was selected by a board of Southern Dallas County/Northern Ellis County Chiefs to serve as the first commander of the Southern Regional Response Group’s – Special Response Team, a multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team. His responsibilities included the overall design of the tactical program to include candidate screening and selection, training, and policy development.  The Texas Tactical Police Officer’s Association awarded the SRT its coveted Unit Citation Award for its initial successes in bringing a multi-jurisdictional tactical capability to fruition.

Chief Nero has been very engaged in both the community and in the law enforcement profession. He serves as an adjunct instructor for the Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program and has taught instructor level courses across the country to include NYPD and FBI. Wayne served as a member of the Ford Motor Company’s Police Advisory Board from 2013-2016. Wayne is also an adjunct instructor for the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s VALOR Initiative and often speaks across the country on officer professionalism, safety and resiliency.

Chief Nero received his B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, MO. He attended the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration’s 73rd School of Police Supervision and the 39th Management College. He was awarded the Academic Excellence Award in both courses and was the peer elected class president of the 39th Management College. He has received numerous awards to include Advocate 2015 Co-Citizen of the Year, 2013 Cornerstone Award for Public Safety, Officer of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Life Saving Award, and various Certificates of Merit.  In 2007, Wayne earned a Master of Professional Studies degree in Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut, a program offered in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School and in 2009 earned a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the 237th Session of the FBI National Academy. 

 Wayne has four children and enjoys obstacle course racing and is an avid hockey player.