The Killeen Police Department Citizens on Patrol program is an effort to bring together interested citizens of Killeen in order to become more aware of the law enforcement problems facing their community.
The program is designed to educate interested individuals to problems unique to their neighborhood and to assist in developing a community patrol group. The desired effect of the program is to increase the understanding and cooperation between volunteer citizens and the police officers of the City of Killeen, which will lead to more criminal activity being reported as it is occurring, and the quicker apprehension of the offender. (Read more)
The Killeen Citizen's Police Academy is a 48 hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the police department. The academy was created in order to provide information to the citizens so that they may make informed judgments about police activities. This will increase awareness of the Killeen Police Department and help to dispel misconceptions that the community may have about the department. (Read More)
The group is composed of graduates of the department's citizen police academy. These citizens have expressed a desire to stay involved with the department after their graduation from the CPA. The association goals are to support the department and our officers' efforts to effectively police the community. Yearly the alumni association presents the KPD uniformed officer of the year. The alumni volunteer approximately 3000 hours a year, performing different functions within the police department. The alumni association remains a strong supporter of our law enforcement efforts and their volunteer hours are an effective tool in curbing manpower needs in the department's non-enforcement activities.
The neighborhood watch program is the most effective means available for keeping crime out of our neighborhoods. It is a crime prevention program, which enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities. It involves:
By cooperating with each other and the police, people can help fight crime in their community in the most effective way before it begins.
The business watch program is a free crime prevention and personal safety program for businesses and employees. The program focuses on various crime prevention strategies through education and information presentations. The program is intended to enhance communication between the police department and the business community, and to educate merchants and employees on crime prevention strategies. It was also designed to help establish a sense of community awareness among business proprietors in an effort to prevent crimes against businesses.
The program involves the utilization of marked city service vehicles as a point of refuge for children that may be lost, injured or in danger. Currently there are approximately 300 vehicles designated McGruff Vehicles in the city of Killeen. City employees who man the vehicles are trained in dealing with children in times of duress, safety and liability issues as well as the program's policies. In addition to the training of the city employees, educational programs are presented to all elementary schools in Killeen annually.
The McGruff House Program was initiated to strengthen our McGruff Safety Network. This program involves private citizens who wish to designate their homes as a safe haven for children in trouble. To become involved the home resident and all adult residents must complete an application, submit to a formal background and criminal history check. Upon successful completion of the background check each adult resident of the home must complete the required McGruff House training which includes instruction on dealing with children in times of duress, safety and liability issues and general policies concerning the operation of the McGruff House. When the training is complete they are issued a McGruff House sign and become part of the program, which provides a sense of security and a source of emergency aid.
These surveys are made at the request of a homeowner or business and involve the inspection of a premises as to compliance with the State's mandated security requirements. Successful completion of this inspection qualifies the owner for a 5-20% reduction in the property insurance.
The Killeen Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is available to give presentations to elementary schools, church groups, and civic groups on a variety of different topics. For information about the topics of presentations given, please contact the Killeen Police Crime Prevention Unit. To contact us by phone please call: (254) 501-8805
For additional crime prevention information please contact us. We are located at Killeen Police Department headquarters. To contact us by phone please call: (254) 501-8805
You can also email the Killeen Police Crime Prevention Unit.