Killeen PD inviting federal agency to assist combat crime

Posted at 11:46 AM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 14:30:57-05

The Killeen Police Department said they have invited the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center to assist the department in efforts to reduce crime. 

The collaboration with the DOJ Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center (OJP) will produce a comprehensive crime reduction strategy by examining Killeen’s crime environment, evaluating current response methods and resources and developing proactive approaches to achieving measurable and sustainable results.

“Bringing in experts from outside our organization will provide a fresh perspective and new ideas for combatting crime in Killeen,” said Police Chief Chuck Kimble. “OJP has developed successful solutions in other communities, and I believe they will deliver the same in our city.”

Over the next couple months. OJP will work with the Killeen Police Department and local stakeholders to assess serious crime and associated response tactics to develop an understanding of the community's perceptions of crime. 

OJP Diagnostic Center utilizes a data-driven approach to “diagnosing” crime and its root causes. By collecting and analyzing current and trend data, the center can identify multiple facets of the crime cycle and determine baseline indicators for comparison to other cities.

Strategies can then be developed unique to Killeen but based in best practices from other agencies with proven results. 

The outcome of this process will be a comprehensive strategy to combat crime based on data and evidence. 

“A safer Killeen is a goal we all share, and it will take all of us, law enforcement and the community, to achieve it,” said Kimble.

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