The Killeen Police Department held a community outreach forum Thursday, to give the community a chance to get to know the boys in blue.
After a brief introduction, people had the chance to meet department staff from the chief and detectives all the way to patrol officers and analysts.
The department said it’s all part of a larger effort to build a better relationship with the community.
“We all live busy lives and sometimes you can’t come across your question in a text or an email or leaving a post on social media. You get the chance to as a question, ask a follow-up question and then we can give you all the information you need, right here face to face,” Chief Charles Kimble said.
KPD said the first step in lowering crime rates is to know where crimes are happening, so it is just as important for all members of the department to get to the people they serve as it is for the community to get to know them.
“We have people here from patrol, from investigations, we have a recruiter here. We have people from our services and our crime analyst. You can look at crime in your area. So you can have one on one conversations with the police staff,” Chief Kimble said.
KPD said crime rates are significantly lower than last year, and part of that is due to their community outreach efforts.
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