KILLEEN, Texas (April 25, 2023) – The Killeen Police Department recently created a Community Engagement Unit and housed the team in Historic Downtown Killeen to establish a strong and welcoming presence in one of the city’s most prominent locations.
The six-member unit was created to build long-lasting relationships by providing reassurance, open communication, and engaging directly with citizens in an area as unique as downtown.
The Community Engagement Unit (“CEU”) is assigned to the Patrol Support Division and will primarily provide direct connection to the downtown community by providing police presence, addressing problems in the downtown area, and engaging in other downtown community activities.
The CEU will collaborate with a variety of community groups to meet a wide range of community needs, including community engagement programs, training on safety and crime prevention, and other community services. Citizens will especially see them at the downtown events hosted by the City of Killeen.
The unit is under the Patrol Support Division supervised by Lt. Frank Plowick. Its officers are Sergeant Angela Mathews, Officers Derrick Burleson, Ovidio Correa-Rodriguez, Kiva Woodard, Mike Lawrence and Homeless Outreach Team Officer, Evan Crouse.