Killeen Police Department hosts community conversation to establish transparency
KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - The Killeen Police Department held a community conversation at Potter’s House Church Thursday to provide transparency to the community.
This was the first time in more than two years the department has held an event like this, mostly due to COVID-19.
Police Chief Charles Kimble says 2020 was a difficult year for all local law enforcement and a number of citizens made a point to express their concerns of accountability.
“It’s time to talk about these things,” Kimble said.
“We can’t sit at home and our department can’t sit at home without taking action.”
From more than a record-breaking 30 homicides last year, to the officer involved shooting of Patrick Warren, Kimble says the department is taking action by listening to the community’s suggestions.
“Do we learn from our mistakes? Absolutely. I’m not here to bash police departments but we have nothing to hide.”
From neighborhood watch commanders, to youth groups, ending no-knock warrants and enforcing the law, the department says they will continue be part of the solution to preventing crime, but it will take the community’s support to uphold that standard.
“We need the community’s support in order to make this work,” said Jeff Donohue, assistant chief of police.
The department is planning to hold several more community conversations this year so that they can get as much input as possible.
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