KILLEEN, TX — The ninety (90) day temporary hold on requesting search warrants that include a provision to the knock and announce rule has expired, according to Killeen Police.
Killeen Police say during this 90-day review, the no knock committee met, discussed and concluded their input on how the department could improve on no knock warrant response/policy.
One of the procedures updated include that the Killeen Police Department do not and will not serve a narcotic only no-knock search warrant, according to the No-Knock Committee Recommendations.
No-knock search warrants on murder suspects, certain hostage situations, violent and dangerous offenders and any exigent circumstances that meet the warrant criteria will continue, Chief Kimble says in a letter to the committee and community.
“Our goal and our mission at the Killeen Police Department is to reduce crime, to reduce the fear of crime, and to enhance public safety. In order to do our jobs efficiently and as safe as possible for everyone, we may sometimes have to conduct a no knock search warrant. However, before that takes place, we want you, the community, to understand that there are updated procedures that are followed,” said Chief of Police Charles Kimble.
Kimble says since Jan. 1, 2020, only 6 no-knock warrants have been approved and obtained by the police department.
He says the Killeen Police Department will continually review the process of no-knock warrants to ensure the safety of their community.
For more information about the committee’s input and the policy revision, please visit the department’s website by clicking on the following link HERE.