KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Local police chiefs talked about drops in crime with community leaders during a public safety lunch Tuesday.
The event was put on by the Killeen Chamber of Commerce.
Guest speakers included the Killeen police chief and Fort Hood's Deputy Director of Emergency Services.
They discussed a reported 25 percent decrease in overall crime and working together to focus on youth programs.
The KISD chief of police also described the department's efforts to reduce a recent increase of terroristic threats in schools.
“We're trying to make kids aware to come to us,” says Chief Ralph Disher.
“They're doing really well about reaching out and contacting us and letting us know when they see something on social media.”
He adds, “and then just making them aware of the consequences- you may end up going to Bell County Jail if you're 17, and that affects you for the rest of your life."
The officials also credited regular meetings between their agencies, a DPS presence and community outreach with decreases in violent crime.