Chief of Police
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 over 75,000 residents. Georgetown is located just north of Austin and over the last few years has been one of the fastest growing communities over 50,000 in the United States! Despite our growth, Georgetown maintains its small town charm and remains an exceptional place to live, work, and play.
The Georgetown Police Department is comprised of approximately 90 sworn officers and over 30 support staff. 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 over 13,000 square feet of moveable walls and catwalks for reality based training. The Tactical Building also includes a 3,200 square foot affiliated CrossFit box for functional training. Behind the Tactical Building is a Slow Speed Driving Track and Skid Pad. Future projects on campus will include the second phase obstacle course and a hybrid firearms range (2022).
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.
On May 22, 2019, the Georgetown Police Department received the award of “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program becoming only the 154th law enforcement agency in Texas to become “Recognized.” Begun in 2006, the Recognition Program evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with over 168 Best Business Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices were carefully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service and the protection of individual’s rights. These Best Practices cover all aspects of law enforcement operations including use of force, protection of citizen rights, vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management, and patrol and investigative operations.
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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 has served 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 senior tactical staff. Wayne served as a member of the Ford Motor Company’s Police Advisory Board from 2013-2016. Wayne is an adjunct instructor for the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s VALOR Initiative and speaks across the country on leadership, officer professionalism, officer 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 a graduate of the 237th Session of the FBI National Academy.