Virtual Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run on March 7-12

The ninth annual Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run is going virtual this year. Registration is open, and participants will be able to participate at their own pace in their own space March 7-12.

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

Participants can track their distance on a fitness app, take a screenshot, and email it to chasethechief@georgetown.org to be entered into a prize drawing. All submissions are due by 5 p.m. March 14.

Registration for the event is priced at $5 for students and $10 for adults. Register by Jan. 31 to receive a T-shirt. Packet pick up will be from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. March 3-5 at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.

Proceeds from this event will help fund grants for physical education programs at Georgetown area schools.

For more information and to register, go to ChaseTheChief.georgetown.org.

Junior Police Academy applications now available

Junior Police AcademyApplications for the Georgetown Police Department’s Junior Police Academy summer camps are now available. There will be a one-day registration event from 9 a.m.-noon March 28 at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 DB Wood Road.

The free summer camp is for Georgetown students ages 8 to 12 years old. During each session, junior cadets will be introduced to physical training, such as obstacle courses, self-defense tactics, hand-cuffing, marching, and rappelling.

Each session has 35 slots available, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Camps are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Camp sessions are:

  • June 8-11 (ages 8-10)
  • June 15-18 (ages 10-12)
  • June 29-July 2 (ages 8-10)
  • July 13-16 (ages 10-12)
  • July 20-23 (ages 10-12)
  • July 27-July 30 (ages 8-10)

Visit pd.georgetown.org for more information.

Chase the Chief 5K and Hammerlun Family Fun Run on March 8

Registration is open for the seventh annual Chase the Chief 5K and Hammerlun Family Fun Run on Sunday, March 8, at East View High School, located at 4490 E. University 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 a joint fitness initiative by the Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown ISD, and the Georgetown Health Foundation. The race is sponsored by Huckabee Architects.

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

Registration for the event is priced at $5 for students and $10 for adults. Register at ChaseTheChief.georgetown.org. Register by Jan. 31 to be guaranteed to receive a T-shirt.

Proceeds from this event will help fund grants for physical education programs at Georgetown area schools.

Packet pickup is available March 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. 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 Hammerlun Family Fun Run, go to ChaseTheChief.georgetown.org.

Georgetown Police Department offers Halloween safety tips

Halloween is an exciting time for trick-or-treaters and those who join in the spirit of the holiday. As the festivities begin, being mindful of some safety precautions can help ensure a happy Halloween for the community. Here are crime prevention tips from Georgetown Police Department to make your family’s night fun and ghoulish!

• Check your children’s candy before they eat it.
• Remind children not to enter anyone’s home or car.
• Set a time for trick-or-treaters to be home.
• Tie small glow sticks or use reflective tape on your child’s costume.
• Always walk, never run across a street.
• Have adults accompany trick-or-treaters.
• Only give out commercially wrapped treats.
• Do not cross streets between parked cars, in the middle of a block or diagonally through an intersection.
• Stay in populated areas and avoid walking in back alleys or across fields.

For more information, visit pd.georgetown.org.

Georgetown PD earns statewide accreditation

The Georgetown Police Department will be presented with the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Recognized Law Enforcement Agency award during tonight’s City Council meeting.

The department earned the award from the TPCA’s Law Enforcement Recognition Program in May after a more than two year application process that included a critical review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities, and operations. Georgetown is only the 154th agency out of more than 2,700 agencies in the state to receive the recognition.

“Achieving this status places Georgetown among the state’s top law enforcement agencies,” Chief Wayne Nero said. “This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the residents of Georgetown that its police department is conforming to current state of the art standards and practices in law enforcement.”

The TPCA’s recognition program evaluates a police department’s compliance with nearly 170 best businesses practices for law enforcement agencies 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.

The process to apply for this recognition included a self-review of the department, followed-up by an outside audit and review, and a final on-site review conducted by police chiefs from other areas of the state. The results of the review were then sent to the TPCA recognition committee for a final analysis.

The department will also be recognized at the TPCA annual conference in April 2020.

More information, including a description of the program, is available at www.texaspolicechiefs.org.

Applications for fall Citizen Police Academy due Aug. 12

The Citizen Police Academy is a 12-week course taught by police officers and firefighters to educate citizens about the Georgetown Police and Fire departments’ protocols and procedures.

Classes in the fall 2019 academy include code of criminal procedure, criminal and accident investigations, lethal and less-than-lethal weapons, crime scene investigations, victim services, response to resistance, officer safety, and Fire response. The deadline to apply is Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.

Weekly classes are on Thursday evenings starting on Aug. 22 through Nov 7. 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.

One Extraordinary CommUNITY

Mindful of the ongoing national dialogue regarding public trust and policing, the Georgetown Police Department has created a new initiative called CommUNITY. The program is a framework for community engagement and is the brainchild of Police Chief Wayne Nero. I’d like to share with you an overview of the CommUNITY initiative, and in so doing, I think you’ll see how people from across Georgetown are becoming involved.

The initiative recognizes that the police department can take a leadership role in bringing elements of the community together. The police department is more likely to be successful in its primary mission of protecting public safety when there are strong connections among various stakeholder groups in the community.

The name of the initiative, CommUNITY, places emphasis on the unity in community. That idea also is expressed in the vision statement for the CommUNITY initiative—One Extraordinary Community. The mission of the initiative that supports this vision is to forge strong relationships across various stakeholder groups that provide opportunities for constructive dialogue—or problem-solving—which, through mutual trust and understanding, enables unity that is sustainable.

Seven stakeholder groups in the community are the focus of the program. These include neighborhoods, youth, the business community, seniors, faith-based organizations, non-governmental or social service organizations, and news media. Members of the Georgetown Police Department, as well as volunteers with the department, aim to be engaged with these stakeholder groups in a way that is guided by eight principles: accountability, compassion, justice, kindness, knowledge, patience, respect, and unity.

The police department currently works to strengthen engagement with stakeholder groups through a range of programs and efforts. Some of these programs were started many years ago while others are just beginning.

For neighborhoods, these programs and efforts include neighborhood patrols, directed patrols, community discussions, Citizen Police Academy, crime bulletins, and focused problem-solving.

Youth engagement includes patrols at schools, a Youth Police Academy held over the summer, a new Youth Leadership Program being discussed in partnership with Georgetown ISD, and school safety and security initiatives. Police interactions with youth also include established programs such as Blue Santa, Police Explorers, and the Chase the Chief 5k and Fun Run.

For seniors, programs include the Take Me Home database to help identify persons who may be lost, the Silver Shields program offering safety information for homebound or special-needs seniors, and on-going public education to bring awareness to crimes targeting seniors.

Police engagement with the business community includes business patrols, crime bulletins or analyses, problem-solving, and outreach efforts to enhance crime prevention.

Three other key stakeholder groups include faith-based organizations, non-governmental or social service organizations, and news media. Engagement efforts with these stakeholder groups include sharing resources, community discussions, problem-solving, and sharing positive stories.

The CommUNITY initiative recognizes that members and volunteers of the Georgetown Police Department can effectively engage with these stakeholder groups by building relationships. Those relationships between people are built on a foundation of mutual respect, common problem-solving and meaningful dialogue.

In addition to engagement with stakeholder groups through programs and events, the Chief of Police is in the process of establishing a CommUNITY Advisory Group comprised of leaders from those groups. The advisory group will serve to give counsel to the Chief of Police on a range of community issues. There will also be CommUNITY Stakeholder Subcommittees within each of the stakeholder groups. These subcommittees will include leaders within the specific stakeholder groups as well as police department staff who work collaboratively identifying and developing opportunities for partnership and community engagement.

The CommUNITY initiative is a framework for the Georgetown Police Department to strengthen existing community relationships, as well as strategically build new relationships with the people in our community. The initiative is based on the recognition that police work does not happen in a vacuum, but in relationships with the various stakeholders in the community. As relationships are strengthened, the police department plays a role in helping to bring together Georgetown into one extraordinary community.

Natural gas outage for 630 customers

UPDATE: As of 2 a.m. Sunday, gas was restored to the interrupted area and appliance relights began based on customer availability.

Thirty-seven service technicians began knocking on doors around 7 a.m. Sunday for those that had not already contacted Atmos for a relight.

By 5 p.m. Sunday, service to 573 gas meters had been restored, six were inactive accounts and did not need restoration, and the remaining 76 are awaiting customer availability.

If you have additional questions or need assistance, please call 1-866-322-8667 to talk with an Atmos Energy Customer Service Representative.

While continuing to test portions of Atmos Energy’s natural gas system, natural gas service was inadvertently shut off to approximately 630 customers within the 3000-3900 blocks of Williams Drive, east to Canyon Rd, and Axis Loop Area. Customers who have lost gas service can remain in their home as Atmos Energy works to restore services.

Evacuations are unnecessary.

Restoration of service is a three step process:

Step 1: Atmos Energy crews turn off gas service at each meter affected by the outage.

Step 2: Atmos Energy then purges the distribution system, to ensure that air is not in our pipelines.

Step 3: Atmos Energy crews go door-to-door to safely restore gas service and relight appliances.

Atmos Energy crews began shutting off service to each meter late Saturday evening. Atmos is deploying extra resources to work around the clock to safely restore natural gas service to the area.

Atmos plans to begin restoring service and relighting appliances at approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 10.

Attached is a FAQ that will hopefully answer any questions customers may have. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please call 1-866-322-8667 to talk with an Atmos Energy Customer Service Representative.

FAQ for Atmos Energy outage on March 9, 2019.
Outage map for Atmos Energy for March 9, 2019.

Applications for spring Citizen Police Academy due March 4

The Citizen Police Academy is an 11-week course taught by police officers and firefighters to educate citizens about the Georgetown Police and fire departments’ protocols and procedures. Classes in the spring 2019 academy include code of criminal procedure, criminal and accident investigations, lethal and less-than-lethal weapons, crime scene investigations, victim services, response to resistance, officer safety, and Fire response. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on March 4.

Weekly classes are on Thursday evenings starting on March 21 through May 30. 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.

Blue Santa collects toys for children

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 new, unwrapped toy at the Christmas Stroll Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. 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.

In addition, toys 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 D.B. Wood Road, Georgetown, TX, 78628. Donate $10 or more to Georgetown Blue Santa and you’ll receive a collectible Blue Santa Elf lapel pin.

Applications for assistance from Blue Santa must be turned in by Nov. 30. Applications are available online as well as at The Caring Place at 2000 Railroad St. and the Georgetown Police Department at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 D.B. Wood Road. Children who qualify for Blue Santa are age 18 or younger, live in the Georgetown city limits, and qualify for the 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.