Georgetown Police Department https://pd.georgetown.org Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:20:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 National Night Out Registration Sept. 5 – 27 https://pd.georgetown.org/national-night-out-registration-sept-5-27/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:32:04 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/national-night-out-registration-sept-5-27/

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National Night Out is an annual event to support safe neighborhoods held in Georgetown this year on Tuesday, October 4. Block parties are being organized for 6 to 9 p.m. that evening.

Online registration for National Night Out block parties in Georgetown starts on September 5 and ends on September 27.  Registering your block party provides the information to the Georgetown Police Department so that an officer or other City employees or officials can visit the event.

Last year there were 45 registered National Night Out events in Georgetown with an estimated 2,600 citizens participating. 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 in Georgetown.

The Georgetown Police Department is holding a reception for hosts of NNO block parties at 6:30 p.m. on September 30 at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B Wood Road.

To register your National Night Out block party in Georgetown, go to pd.georgetown.org/programs-services on the City website. There is a link to an online form to register your block party.

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Watch School Zones as Classes Start on Aug. 23 https://pd.georgetown.org/watch-school-zones-as-classes-start-on-aug-23/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:56:36 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/watch-school-zones-as-classes-start-on-aug-23/

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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.

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National Night Out https://pd.georgetown.org/national-night-out/ Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:30:38 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/?p=1695

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm 

Key Dates:

  • September 5, 2016 – Online registration opens.
  • September 27, 2016 – Online registration Closed.
  • September 30, 2016 – Host reception at Georgetown Police Department at 6:30 PM.
  • National Night Out – Tuesday October 4, 2016. 

Purpose:

  • Heighten crime and drug and prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships

National Night Out is a proven and effective way to promote crime prevention in our neighborhoods.  Residents volunteer to host an event (at a home, common area or apartment complex), and invite people to attend.  It’s a great way to get to know and connect with neighbors.  When neighbors look out for each other, there is less chance of crimes occurring in their neighborhood.

The event can be simple or elaborate.  It can be a pot luck dinner, an ice-cream social or just snacks and drinks.  One neighborhood in Georgetown consistently has a huge party and street dance. They rock the block!  Hopefully, some of the larger neighborhoods can make this activity one of their annual events.

There were 45 registered National Night Out events scattered throughout the city in 2015.  An estimated 2,600 citizens attended last year’s National Night Out. Events were also attended by and city personnel.  Law enforcement personnel included Georgetown police officers,  the Department’s Criminalist, Statistician, and Victim Services Directors.  Members of the command staff took the mayor and city council persons to the events located in their council districts.  Events were also attended by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Bill Gravell, and Precinct 3 Constable, Kevin Stofle.  Precinct 3 includes all of the city of Georgetown.

City personnel included Animal Services (each Animal Control officer takes along an adoptable dog), Code Enforcement, and Dispatchers.  Police volunteers who attended included COP (Citizens on Patrol), Park Rangers, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Police Chaplains, and Law Enforcement Explorer Scouts from Post 152.

Georgetown firefighters and EMS personnel also attend events.   There were approximately 30 firefighters and four EMS personnel that participated throughout the city. For the first time last year, State Troopers from the Texas Highway Patrol attended events citywide.  You are encouraged to chat with all of them and to ask questions.

When you fill out your registration form for the GPD NNO, you will be asked to check which city groups you would like to have at your event.

Last year, NNO started a new program, Dog Walkers Watch (DWD).  To register or get information for DWD, go to https://natw.org/dog.  For the “Organization or Agency” fill in Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown TX.  The GPD is a member of NATW.

This year, registration will open on September 5, 2016, and the final day for registration will be September 27, 2016.  To register your event via online submission form, scroll to the bottom of this page.  Don’t forget to click the “Submit” button.  That will send the form directly to the Volunteer NNO Coordinator.   If you prefer a print-out version of the form that you can fill in by hand, click on this link: National Night Out print application 2016

On September 30, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., a Host reception will be held at the GPD and party related items can be selected by the host for distribution at the parties.  There will be a limited number of table covers available and will be distributed by a drawing.

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Citizen Police Academy Fall Session https://pd.georgetown.org/citizen-police-academy-fall-session/ Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:30:06 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/citizen-police-academy-fall-session/

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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.

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National Women Build Week https://pd.georgetown.org/national-women-build-week/ Mon, 02 May 2016 15:07:29 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/national-women-build-week/

On Wednesday, May 4, a group of female officers and civilian employees with the Georgetown Police Department will volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) home in Georgetown as part of Habitat’s National Women Build Week.

This is the second year that the Georgetown Police Department will participate.  Almost twenty volunteers will help build a home in Georgetown.  The group is also fundraising for HFHWC to help support future home builds in Williamson County.

National Women Build Week, a weeklong event created by Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, challenges participants to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.

Police Chief Wayne Nero is proud of his department’s efforts. “Several times a year, women from our department get together for professional development. At least once per year they identify a project in which they can engage our community,” Nero said.

“This year, they again are working with the Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County in honor of National Women Build Week. They will be providing sweat equity for a local affordable housing project and have also engaged in some traditional fundraising for Habitat. I am extremely proud of the women in the Georgetown Police Department and am proud to be their Chief.”

Founded in 1999, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County brings communities and people together to create and sustain home ownership opportunities in Williamson County. Habitat has worked with more than 15,000 volunteers and community donors to help 70 families (with their 165 children) become homeowners in Leander, Georgetown, Round Rock, Taylor, and Jarrell.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30 https://pd.georgetown.org/prescription-drug-take-back-day-on-april-30/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:26:00 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/prescription-drug-take-back-day-on-april-30/

To help protect the water supply and reduce household risks, bring unwanted medications to Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30 in Georgetown. Drugs that are expired or unused will be collected—no questions asked—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sun City Legacy Hills Park Pavilion, 200 Del Webb Boulevard and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, 508 S. Rock Street.

One goal of the free collection of unwanted medications is to keep them from being poured down the drain or flushed down a toilet. Pharmaceuticals that are put in our wastewater system can affect water quality in our creeks, rivers, and lakes.

Removing unwanted medications from your home also reduces risks of accidental overdose or intentional use of prescription drugs by children or visitors in your home.

The Take-Back Day is part of a nation-wide effort of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce the risk of unwanted medications in our homes. Local partners in the Drug Take-Back Day include the Georgetown Police Department, LifeSteps Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Williamson County EMS, and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

Medications that are dropped off should be in their original containers, if possible. Drugs brought to the drop-off may include expired or unwanted over-the-counter and controlled medicines, drugs prescribed for pets, medicines from deceased family members, or unknown tablets and capsules. Items not accepted include sharps (needles and syringes), mercury thermometers, IV bags, personal care products, and medical equipment.

The collection is for individual households. Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices, or other institutions or businesses.

For more information, call LifeSteps at (512) 246-9880 or visit the DEA website at www.dea.gov.

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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 12-week course to educate citizens about all aspects of the Georgetown Police Department. The spring 2016 academy is instructed by police officers, fire department personnel, and officers of the district and county court system. The deadline to apply is March 10.

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 24 through June 9. Sessions are 6 to 8 p.m. 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) 930-2588.

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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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