KILLEEN (July 19, 2012) --- More than fifty people showed up at a local police department Thursday night armed with questions about their neighborhoods.
Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin answered questions about violence in certain parts of town and had investigators on hand to answer specific questions about cases.
"No one should have to live in fear we are all citizens we pay our taxes, no one should have to live in fear so coming to activities like this helps to know what we can do to help ourselves and what the police department can do and how we can all work together to make the city safe," Killeen resident Shirley Jones said.
Also in attendance was 89-year-old Catherine Zielkiewicz. Zielkiewicz was hit in the head with a BB while standing on her front porch last year. She said she came to the meeting because the violence on her street hasn't stopped.
"We wanted to find out what we can do about it and get other people interested too, we've got to tell people to go complain don't tell us go complain," Zielkiewicz said.
Baldwin addressed her concerns and those of many others. Officers then met with some of the people with specific case questions like Zielkiewicz after the meeting.
Baldwin even commented on one concern about why former KPD officer Kirt Yarbrough, Sr. was not in jail. Yarbrough was terminated from the department earlier this year after he was charged with with sexual assault in connection with what authorities described as an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old member of the Killeen Police Department's Explorer Scout Program.
"He is pending prosecution he's made bond in both places so that's really where we're at today, I don't know the outcome of how it will turn out," Baldwin said.
Many people who showed up for the meeting said it also helped them realize how they can help to make Killeen safer.
"The officer is either on his way to a crime or from a crime or doing paperwork, so it's up to us to help and make things better," one resident said.