Killeen City Council approves new committee for crime solutions

Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 10:24 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - With a dramatic increase in crime and a record 31 homicides last year, many Killeen residents are pushing for crime prevention.

The Killeen city council says they’re going to take a data driven approach by approving a new committee for crime solutions.

“Last year was the highest homicide rate that Killeen has ever seen,” said Killeen City Councilwoman Mellisa Brown.

“Other crime levels have been on the rise and our calls for service has been rising. We need to do something to prevent it before it gets to that point where the crime is actually happening and then the only solution we have is to send the police out to solve it. If we can keep the community safe and bring them together in that process, it’s something the council is really excited about.”

Along with Texas A&M Central Texas, the committee for crime solutions will be composed of a group of experts, activists, and reps from local entities like Killeen ISD and Fort Hood.

The group will be tasked with studying the causes of crime and the most common areas they occur.

“You know, what can be done to build up those neighborhoods and communities in the Killeen area to help address that correctly,” said Jerry Jones, Texas A&M Central Texas dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“We also wanna see what other cities have done, what programs have worked and which ones haven’t.”

As for how to solve the issue of homicides and a rise and crime, experts say it’ll take a community-wide effort to solve the problem.

“If we can lend our shoulder to a larger effort, a community pulling together can solve and reduce crime dramatically,” he said.

“It’s happened before and we think it can happen again.”

The one entity not on the committee is the Killeen police department.

According to the Killeen Daily Herald, Chief Charles Kimble said discussion on crime prevention is always a good idea, and that he and the department would take on a more of a supporting role, by helping with whatever they need.

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