Georgetown Police Department https://pd.georgetown.org Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:17:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Georgetown Police Department hosts self-defense class April 1 https://pd.georgetown.org/georgetown-police-department-hosts-self-defense-class-april-1/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:04:45 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/georgetown-police-department-hosts-self-defense-class-april-1/

The Georgetown Police Department will host a free self-defense class April 1.

The class will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, located at 3500 D.B. Wood Road, and will be instructed by GPD’s defensive tactics cadre. All instructors are certified and have a combined 75 years of training and experience.

During the hands-on class, attendees will learn striking techniques as well as ground and choke defense.

The class is open to women age 16 and older. Because of a limited class size, interested individuals must register at pdtraining.georgetown.org/non-tcole.

For more information contact Sgt. Jamieson Allen at jamieson.allen@georgetown.org or Officer Shane Rogers at shane.rogers@georgetown.org.

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Citizen Police Academy Spring Session https://pd.georgetown.org/citizen-police-academy-spring-session-2/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 23:52:43 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/citizen-police-academy-spring-session-2/

The Citizen Police Academy is an eight-week course taught by police officers to educate citizens about all aspects of the Georgetown Police Department. Classes in the spring 2017 academy include code of criminal procedure, accident investigations, use of force, crime scene investigations, hostage negotiations, special weapons and tactics, and victim services. The deadline to apply is March 18.

Weekly classes are on Thursday evenings starting on March 30 through May 18. Class sessions are 6:30 to 8:30 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 at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center or by emailing a request to randy.mcdonald@georgetown.org. All applicants will be notified of acceptance via email.

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Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run on March 5 https://pd.georgetown.org/chase-the-chief-5k-and-fun-run-on-march-5/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:51:55 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/chase-the-chief-5k-and-fun-run-on-march-5/

Registration is now open for the fifth annual Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run on March 5 at the Georgetown ISD Stadium, located at 2295 N. Austin Ave. Participants will get the chance to chase Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero.

The goal of Chase the Chief is to encourage students and their families to lead active, healthy lives. This event is joint fitness initiative by the Georgetown Police Department and the Georgetown ISD Council of PTAs.

Chase the Chief features a 5K and a 1-mile Fun Run. Other activities include a police department obstacle course and fitness fair open from 1-5 p.m. Look for race day registration and other event activities on the stadium field.

Registration for the event is priced at only $5 for students and $10 for adults. Register at ChaseTheChief.georgetown.org. Participants who register by Feb. 10 are guaranteed to receive a Chase the Chief T-shirt.

Proceeds from this event will help to purchase equipment for the GISD physical education program.

Packet pickup is available March 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 DB Wood Road. Race day registration and packet pickup starts at noon.

Following the race, there will be an award ceremony.

To register for the Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run, go to ChaseTheChief.georgetown.org.

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Holiday Closings for City Facilities https://pd.georgetown.org/holiday-closings-for-city-facilities/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:45:02 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/holiday-closings-for-city-facilities/

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.

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Blue Santa Collects Toys for Kids https://pd.georgetown.org/blue-santa-collects-toys-for-kids/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:18:19 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/blue-santa-collects-toys-for-kids/

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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).

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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.

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Memorial Stair Climb on Sept. 11 in Georgetown https://pd.georgetown.org/memorial-stair-climb-on-sept-11-in-georgetown/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:06:13 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/memorial-stair-climb-on-sept-11-in-georgetown/

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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)

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Suicide and Crime Victims Support Groups https://pd.georgetown.org/suicide-and-crime-victims-support-groups/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:27:16 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/suicide-and-crime-victims-support-groups/

This month, in cooperation with Georgetown Police Department Victim Services, The Christi Center, a non-profit grief support center, will be starting a meeting for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. In January, The Christi Center began offering a Georgetown support group for those who have lost a loved one to crime. Both of these groups meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month.

The next Crime Victim’s group and first Loss to Suicide group will be April 21 in the Georgetown Community Resource Center at 805 W. University Avenue in Georgetown. If you plan to attend, please call The Christi Center at (512) 467-2600 for a brief intake conversation prior to your first meeting. Or if you need more information, contact the Georgetown Police Department Victim Services at (512) 930-2595 and ask for Anthony Rector.

The Christi Center is a non-profit grief support center providing support services to Central Texans for over 28 years. The Christi Center’s mission is to provide hope after the death of a loved one by providing support networks, community education and therapeutic activities that are free, peer-based, and ongoing.

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Georgetown Introduces New Community Policing Tool https://pd.georgetown.org/georgetown-introduces-new-community-policing-tool/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 19:37:20 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/georgetown-introduces-new-community-policing-tool/

PAWS logo less white spaceGeorgetown police officers and animal control officers are working with the community through an initiative to improve the way officers and animals interact when responding to calls.  Georgetown Police and Georgetown Animal Services recently introduced a new program called Please P.A.W.S – Pets Are Worth Saving, designed to encourage safe interactions between first responders and resident pets.

Through the program, residents place a 3’x3’sticker with the P.A.W.S. symbol on it in a window or near the front gate or door of their home to alert emergency officials that a dog or cat live on the premises.

The sticker features a red stop sign that gives a bright visual warning to first responders as they approach a residence and alerts them to the presence of an animal at the home, and it provides a quick alert to police officers when they respond to a home for an alarm or a 911 call and need to make entry into the home to search it or provide assistance to the resident.  Fire and EMS responders also benefit from this visual warning when they are called to help an injured home owner or are evacuating a home because of a fire or disaster response.

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that one out of four people in the United States own at least one dog. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that police and other first responders encounter an animal on one out of every three calls, whether stray animals or owned pets.

The program is a new proactive community policing program initiated by Captain Evelyn McLean and Animal Control Officer Kelly Thyssen.  “We believe that a first responder’s heightened awareness of pets, especially canines, in a home will hopefully decrease negative and potentially dangerous encounters,” Officer Thyssen said.

The Please P.A.W.S. stickers are available for no charge at the Georgetown Public Safety Operation and Training Center (PSOTC), the Georgetown Animal Shelter, and directly from Animal Control Officers in the field.

The City of Georgetown Police Department is located at Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 DB Wood Road, which is next to Fire Station 5.  Contact the department at 512-930-3510 or email pd@georgetown.org. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Fields. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org.

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Citizen Police Academy Spring Session https://pd.georgetown.org/citizen-police-academy-spring-session/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:54:39 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/citizen-police-academy-spring-session/

PSOTC entry and flags webThe Citizen Police Academy is a 8-week course to educate citizens about all aspects of the Georgetown Police Department. The Spring 2017 academy is instructed by police officers, fire department personnel, and officers of the district and county court system.

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.

Classes are held on Thursdays from March 29th through May 25th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm (with the exception of May 18th) in the training room at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 DB Wood Road, which is next to Fire Station 5.

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 online at pd.georgetown.org/programs-services. Completed applications should be returned to the Georgetown Police Department as soon as possible to ensure acceptance into the class.

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 or (512)930-2519.

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Weapons Use Rules in City and ETJ https://pd.georgetown.org/weapons-use-rules-in-city-and-etj/ Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:53:42 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/weapons-use-rules-in-city-and-etj/

Given the changes in open carry of handguns that went into effect in Texas this month, the Georgetown Police Department would like to offer a reminder about other rules regarding the use weapons.

With a few exceptions, it is unlawful for a person to discharge any firearm, air-powered weapon, archery device, or other weapon for any reason, including, but not limited to, hunting, sporting, target practice, or competition, within the city limits or within the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction, which extends up to 3.5 miles beyond city limits.

Prohibitions on the use of weapons are common in many cities. It may be less well known that the prohibition also applies to areas within Georgetown’s ETJ.

There are a few exceptions to the prohibition. Exceptions include a weapon discharged in a shooting gallery or gunsmith establishment, a discharge that occurs with a permit issued by the City of Georgetown, or a discharge that is allowed by state law or United States law.

In addition to these exceptions, there are also two more exceptions that are unique to larger tracts of land in the ETJ or within the city, if the land was annexed after September 1, 1981.

The first exception states that a shotgun, air rifle, air pistol, BB gun, or bow and arrow may be discharged on a tract of land of 10 acres or more, and more than 150 feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property.

The second exception states that a center-fire or rim-fire rifle or pistol of any caliber may be discharged on a tract of land 50 acres or more and more than 300 feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property. In both cases, the projectiles must be discharged in a manner not reasonably expected to cause the projectile to cross the boundary of the tract.

To see a map of the Georgetown city limits and extra-territorial jurisdiction area, go to files.georgetown.org/city-limits-etj.

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