Georgetown Police Department https://pd.georgetown.org Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:08:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 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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Handguns and Open Carry at City Facilities https://pd.georgetown.org/handguns-and-open-carry-at-city-facilities/ Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:34:55 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/handguns-and-open-carry-at-city-facilities/

New Texas laws regarding the licensing of handguns take effect on January 1, 2016. Known as open carry, the new laws effectively eliminate a distinction between concealed carry and open carry. A license is still required for a handgun owner who wishes to carry the weapon in public.

A licensed handgun owner will have permission to carry openly or in a concealed manner. Those carrying a handgun in an open manner must have the weapon in shoulder or belt holster.

Under the new laws, the City cannot prohibit someone from carrying a handgun in a concealed or open manner in most City facilities or property. Places where licensed carry is allowed, as long as the handgun is concealed or holstered, includes most public areas such as:

  • Public lobbies such those at the Georgetown Municipal Complex, City Hall, Animal Shelter, Public Safety Operations and Training Center, or Georgetown Municipal Airport Terminal
  • Public facilities such as the Public Library, Recreation Center, Community Center, or Tennis Center
  • Public parks such as San Gabriel Park, or the hike and bike trail

Open carry of a handgun is not permitted in the following places, except by a licensed peace officer. A sign about the prohibition will be placed at these meeting locations. Concealed carry is permitted and was previously permitted.

  • City Council meetings at the City Council Chamber at 101 E. Seventh Street
  • Boards and commission meetings and other open meetings subject to the Open Meetings Act at various locations

Open or concealed carry of a handgun is not permitted in the following places, except by a licensed peace officer. Open or concealed carry was previously not permitted.

  • Courtroom for Municipal Court at 101 E. Seventh Street
  • Polling places for City elections at various locations

Private businesses or places of worship or other private property may prohibit the open carry of handguns if required signs are posted in English and Spanish, oral notice is given, or a card with the prohibition is presented. Details on the wording of signs specified in the Texas Penal Code 30.07 are available on the Texas Department of Public Safety website at www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/legal/newlegislation.htm.

Open or concealed carry of a handgun is still not permitted at a public or private school or on school grounds or in a school transportation vehicle, except by a licensed peace officer.

An unlicensed handgun is permitted in a vehicle or watercraft, as long as it is not in plain view. A licensed handgun is permitted in a vehicle or watercraft, as long as it is not in plain view or if it is holstered.

Laws regarding the lawful carry of long guns, such as rifles, remain unchanged.

Residents with questions about the new laws regarding the licensing of handguns and open carry can find further information on the Texas Department of Public Safety website at www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/legal/newlegislation.htm, or contact the Georgetown Police Department non-emergency number at (512) 930-3510.

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Teen Court Wins Spotlight Award https://pd.georgetown.org/teen-court-wins-spotlight-award/ Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:39:13 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/teen-court-wins-spotlight-award/

The Georgetown Teen Court was again the winner of the Spotlight Award for 2015 from the Teen Court Association of Texas. The award is given to one court in the state that has shown the most progress, innovation and achievement. This is the third time in seven years for the Georgetown Teen Court to win the award.

Teen Court members were honored with a proclamation by Mayor Dale Ross at the City Council meeting on December 8.

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Pictured in the photo (left to right) are Tyler Tidwell, Sydney May, Timberly Abell, Brittany Maldonado, Lissy Martinez, Peyton Williams, Ricardo Romero (Georgetown High School coordinator), Judge Randy Stump, Tina Heine (Teen Court coordinator), Keely Martinez, Ben Brody, Bethany Wilson, Kathryne Thomas, Mac Sommerville, and Philip Lloyd.

Not photographed were Sara Farr, Kristina Neitsch, Ethan Skipper, Ashley Wollaston, Caroline Jones, Asa Lange, Hunter Lanning, Jackie Madden, Caitlin McLean, and Bailiff Fred Pitcher.

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Christmas Stroll Festival on Friday and Saturday https://pd.georgetown.org/christmas-stroll-festival-on-friday-and-saturday/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:23:44 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/christmas-stroll-festival-on-friday-and-saturday/

The 35th annual Christmas Stroll is this weekend in downtown Georgetown around the Courthouse Square. This holiday festival sponsored by the Downtown Georgetown Association is 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 4 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. See all the details at www.TheGeorgetownSquare.com.

ChristmasLights18b-450The Christmas Stroll on Saturday includes a parade at 10 a.m., live entertainment, and holiday shopping at 175 arts and crafts booths as well as downtown merchants. The Bistro Food Court offers hot chocolate, funnel cake, and other seasonal treats. Enjoy Santa’s Village Among the Trees at the Brungot Christmas Tree Farm all day Saturday, including photos and visits with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. New this year from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday is dinner with the Grinch and Santa in Santa’s Village.

In the Whoo-Village children’s area by Grace Bible Church on Friday night and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you’ll find rides for kids, the popular Whoo-hair booth, and a special visitor—the Grinch himself. Visit Whoo-Village on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. for a special Dessert with the Grinch.

Bethlehem Village by Georgetown Church of Nazarene features booths, displays, and performers in costume from the first century. Learn about life at the time of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Look for the Kids Zone and Craft Area with hands-on fun such as ornament making, cookie decorating, Home Depot kid’s construction area, and Hula Hoop lessons. The Kids Zone is open Friday evening and Saturday.

Stroll always showcases local talent with musical, dance, and drama performances on two stages. Live entertainment includes choirs and orchestras from Georgetown schools, local dance groups, and many more performers. See the schedule at www.TheGeorgetownSquare.com.

Admission to Stroll is free. A donation of a new toy to Blue Santa or Brown Santa is appreciated. Look for collection barrels on the Square. The Stroll and parade are rain-or-shine events and will be held unless there is severe weather.

Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday

Stroll Parade Route 2015 webThe downtown Stroll Parade on Church Street and Austin Avenue starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. For safety reasons, the Georgetown Police Department asks that no candy or any objects be thrown from floats or participants in the parade. (Click on parade graphic for a larger version.)

Elves with Georgetown Blue Santa will be collecting new, unwrapped toys along the route of the Christmas Stroll parade. For donation barrel sites and more information, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.

Event Parking

After 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, festival-goers may park in the City of Georgetown parking lot on the west side of Austin Avenue at Fifth Street. This is a free lot.

Parking is available at the Williamson County parking structure at Third and Rock Streets and at the County lot at Rock and Sixth streets. These are free lots.

The City parking lot at Ninth and Main streets will be used for handicapped parking and public parking on Saturday. This is a free lot.

The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 3 through Saturday. This lot will be used for the food court.

Street Closures

Austin Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. on Saturday until 1 a.m. on Sunday between Seventh and Eighth streets. The Austin Avenue closure will expand from Second to 11th streets on Saturday between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon) to allow for the Stroll Parade. The Austin Avenue detour will be on Rock. Street. Austin Avenue will remain open on Friday.

Other streets around the Square will be closed on Saturday. Street closures include Sixth Street, Seventh Street, Eighth Street, Ninth Street, and Main Street in a one-block radius from the Courthouse Square. Go to www.TheGeorgetownSquare.com for details.

More Information

For more information, go the Downtown Georgetown Association website at www.TheGeorgetownSquare.com. The Stroll is co-sponsored by and receives in-kind support from the City of Georgetown.

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Blue Santa Collecting Toys for Kids https://pd.georgetown.org/blue-santa-collecting-toys-for-kids/ Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:40:24 +0000 https://pd.georgetown.org/blue-santa-collecting-toys-for-kids/

Blue Santa’s elves are busy in their workshop getting ready for the annual campaign to provide toys to children in need in Georgetown. Each year Blue Santa, a program of the Georgetown Police Department, provides toys to more than 1,500 children in Georgetown. And each year Blue Santa needs your help.

Blue Santa is collecting toys at the Christmas Stroll Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 5. New, unwrapped toys will be collected by Blue Santa Elves along the parade route.

New, unwrapped toys also may be dropped off in donation barrels in businesses and offices in Georgetown. For a list of donation sites, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.

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.

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 barrel locations, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.

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