GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Georgetown City Council members are expected to vote on artificial turf costing $137,000 at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Assistant Chief Cory Tchida with the department says the current course behind Fire Station 4 is not ideal for training.
“The terrain is not level, you got the burs and the stickers,” explains Tchida.
They are hazards that can slow police down during a timed course. Officers and new hires must pass the course in 5 minutes. The new turf will help officers as they train for real scenarios.
“If you had to drag someone from a car or a building that was injured, you kind of need to know how to do that,” explains Tchida.
The plan is to install the turf at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center and move the agility course to the facility.
The police department also recently got funding to build an obstacle course, which is separate from the agility course. The agility training is to create real-life situations that could happen to police officers on the job. The obstacle course could have things like a rope net climb.
“Obstacle courses are a good assessment and indicator of your physical fitness, in addition to building physical fitness,” explains Tchida.
The Georgetown Police Department does not have a fitness standard, but they want to give officers every opportunity to improve.
“Anytime we can do our job better, you know the community is going to be safer,” says Tchida.
If approved, the agility course will be complete by September. The new obstacle course is expected to be finished by January.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department does have fitness standards. You must be able to do 27 sit ups and 22 push ups in one minute. For running requirements, you have to run 1.5 miles in about 17 minutes, and 300 meters in less than 1:12.