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Public speaks with Killeen Police Department as part of accreditation process

Posted at 9:01 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 23:16:56-04

KILLEEN, TX — As Killeen Police seeks to renew their accreditation, they invited the community to weigh in on the force’s performance. A team of assessors currently evaluating department this week held an information session allowing citizens to give their feedback.

"One of the aspects of any quality law enforcement agency is engagement with the community. We want to know that the agency is working with the city of Killeen to better the city for the residents, and we can’t do that if we don’t hear back from the public," said John Foster, one of the assessors.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. arrived in Killeen Monday. The accreditation is a voluntary process recognizing a public safety gold standard.

"What they do is they make sure that the agency has good standards, modern day practices, make sure they do outreach to the community, and they want to make sure that what we’re doing is good law enforcement," said Chief Charles Kimble of the Killeen Police Department.

The department is assessed on its administration, personnel, operations, and support services.

“The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies,” the Killeen Police Department said in a statement.

The accreditation lasts four years. The department will continuously be reviewed remotely every year.