Killeen: Federal program to reduce crime makes an impact

A federal crime program is making a difference in stopping crime across Killeen, the Department of Justice said Wednesday. (File)

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A federal crime program is making a difference in stopping crime across Killeen, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

According to the DOJ, the Project Safe Neighborhoods program has helped get violent criminals off the streets of Killeen. Through the program, violent crime problems are identified in the community and solutions are developed to address them.

In Killeen -- since Oct. 2017 -- authorities say they have filed federal firearms/drug charges against more than 150 convicted felons, drug dealers in possession of firearms and other persons prohibited from possessing firearms in the Temple-Killeen area.

The filings are a 300 percent increase over the previous fiscal year for offenses in the same areas, a press release stated.

Killeen Police Department submitted statistics through July 31, which says unlawful possession by a felon are down 25 percent, prohibited weapons are down 142 percent, deadly conduct are down 46 percent and at the time murder/capital murder was down 84 percent over the past two years.

Since August, Killeen has seen its share of homicides increase. The current total is at 13, which is already seven more than the amount of murders reported in 2018.

The Department of Justice also says nearly 70 narcotics traffickers were convicted and sentenced to federal prison in the past year.

Killeen Police Department has yet to release an official statement about the DOJ numbers.