KILLEEN (March 11 2013) ---Killeen police answered 14,827 calls for service in January, about 5 percent more than in January 2011 when they answered 14,114 calls, and the department is working with the City Council to address needs as the population continues to grow, KPD spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.
Currently there are 244 certified officers in the Killeen Police Department, which means about two officers for every thousand people in the city, and officials want to maintain or improve the ratio.
In June, 12 more police officers will be added to the force.
They will go through training and should be on the streets sometime in May, 2014.
Mayor Dan Corbin said he believes it's an issue the council should look at every year with every budget.
Corbin said the growth issue also has an impact on the Fire Department, which answers medical and fire emergency calls.
"The city has land reserved for fire station No. 9 off Bunny Trail in Killeen and has moved to pay for the engineering of that project," Corbin said.
Corbin said because there has been a lot of growth in the southwest portion of Killeen an additional fire station is needed, but that won’t happen overnight.
"We are now concerned with the long-term debt issues of this project," Corbin said.
Corbin said the new station would mean hiring 32 additional firefighters, adding more equipment on top of construction and operations costs and funds to operate the facility.
The City Council is exploring options for covering the costs.