KILLEEN, TX — According to the FBI’s 2018 Crime in the United States Report released this week, for the second consecutive year, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 3.3% compared to the previous year.
Authorities said Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which plays a major role in the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategy, has made a difference in Killeen.
Federal authorities added they are working with local authorities to get violent criminals off the streets of Killeen.
Chief of Police Charles Kimble recently addressed the decreasing crime rate on Facebook but admitted the situation can change.
He said in part, "When I gave my last presentation a few months ago, crime was down in 2019 as compared to 2018, but things change."
According to the Killeen Police Department's 2019 statistics through July of this year, over the past two years:
- Unlawful possession by a felon cases are down 25%
- Prohibited Weapons cases are down 142%
- Deadly conduct cases are down 46%
- Murder/Capital Murder are down 84%