Newly appointed Harker Heights police chief meets the community

Posted at 9:35 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 22:52:09-04

The Harker Heights Police Department has a new chief of police and he had some one-on-one time with the people in his community Wednesday evening.   

Chief Phil Gadd held a meet and greet to give the community a chance to get to know him, as well as to voice concerns that they might have.  

After starting out in the Killeen Police Department and retiring after 23-years in the FBI, Gadd decided to come home and join Harker Heights police where he has been the deputy chief for the last three years. 

Gadd said becoming chief is a humbling experience and a great way to serve the community. He said he believed tonight's event is an important step towards that goal. 

Gadd is making changes in his new department. He has changed the rank structure for his officers and is getting rid of the deputy chief position to fund the hiring of additional officers. Gadd said putting more officers on the street will improve safety, and lower the crime rate in Harker Heights.   

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