KPD Accepting Applications for the Citizen’s Police Academy

The Killeen Police Department will be hosting its 43rd Citizen’s Police Academy with classes beginning on March 5, 2018 and continuing through May 21, 2018.  Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and one additional class on Saturday, April 21st.  There will be a total of twelve weeks of instruction, including presentations of the functions and operations of the departments various investigative and administrative divisions.  It is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in the City of Killeen.

Applications will be available at the Killeen Police Department beginning Monday, January 22, 2018 and the deadline for applications will be Friday, February 23, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.   Applicants must agree to submit to a background check which includes a criminal history inquiry. There is no cost to anyone who enrolls. For more information on the Citizen’s Police Academy, contact Tammy Moseley at the Killeen Police Department by telephone at 254-501-8805 or email tmoseley@killeentexas.gov.

 
Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate a Fatality Crash on Florence Road

On Saturday, January 6, 2018, at approximately 8:08 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of Florence Road in reference a 911 call about a crash involving a motorcycle.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located two males in the roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a black Harley Davidson Motorcycle and an orange Harley Davidson Motorcycle were traveling southbound on Florence Road when the operator of the black motorcycle failed to control his speed, collided with the rear of the orange motorcycle.  The operator of the orange motorcycle was treated and released by paramedics on scene and unfortunately, the operator of the black motorcycle succumbed to his injuries.  41 year-old Jose Rojas of Harker Heights, was pronounced deceased on scene at 8:52 p.m., by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown.  An autopsy has been ordered at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this crash and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Animal Services Unit Receives Petco Grant

Killeen Animal Services announces it has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support funding that will be utilized to aid the shelter’s ongoing spay and neuter program and the health and care of the animals in need that can be entered into the adoption program.

Killeen Animal Services is a nonprofit municipal organization serving the citizens of Killeen, Texas.  Killeen Animal Services provide a full range of services that begin with the initial capture or owner surrender of animals located within the corporate limits of the city.  Through various programs Animal Services strives to return lost pets to their original owner seek new owners for abandon or stray animals or coordinate with rescue organizations to manage the placement of as many future pets as possible to their new homes.

The Petco Foundation investment will provide a bridge to help new pets owners make responsible choices as they bring home their new family member.  The Killeen Animal Services will issue a voucher to cover the cost for spaying or neutering the new adopted pet and the rabies vaccination.  The shelter will issue vouchers to Return to Owner animals that are not in compliance with the city ordnance.  This program will help bring the shelter’s name in a positive venue.  Name recognition increases attention and draws more potential pet owners to the shelter.  The program aids the new owners fiscally while supporting the cities spay, neuter and rabies program in a more positive manner to promote adoptions.

The Petco Foundation’s support for our organization, with this grant will allow the animal shelter to provide Citizen’s of Killeen with a way to have their animals spayed or neutered and receive their rabies shot with minimal fiscal impact.

For more information about Killeen Animal Services or the Petco Foundation, visit, www.killeenpetadoption.org or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

The Killeen Animal Shelter was formed in 1975 to meet the needs of the City of Killeen for both animal welfare and the public health. Since opening their doors, they have remained true to their mission in helping all animals in need, regardless of species or breed. At the shelter, they care for and find permanent, loving homes for dogs, cats and other companion animals through adoption and rescue. Their mission is to provide temporary shelter, food, medical needs, and comfort to all strays animals that were abandoned, neglected or injured and brought to us by the community.  Our ultimate goal is to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for lost or stray animals.  We also seek to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation.

At the Petco Foundation, they believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, they have invested more than $157 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With their more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, they inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through their Think Adoption First program, they partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, they’ve helped more than 4.9 million pets find new loving families, and they’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

For further information about the voucher program at the Killeen Animal Services contact shelter manager, Mr. Ed Tucker at 254-526-4455 or by email – etucker@killeentexas.gov.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

Killeen Police Investigates a Convenience Store Robbery

Officers responded to 3322 E. Rancier Avenue, at approximately 8:58 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017, after receiving a 911 call letting them know the Star Mart Convenience Store had just been robbed.  Officers were told that a male entered the store and displayed a weapon, demanding money from the store clerk.  The suspect fled south on 46th Street on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and from the store.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’ 00” and 190 pounds.  He was last seen wearing dark clothing.

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Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this Robbery or can identify the suspect, to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center Teams Up with the Killeen Police Department

The Killeen Police Department has invited the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center to assist the department in efforts to reduce crime. This collaboration will produce a comprehensive crime reduction strategy by examining Killeen’s crime environment, evaluating current response methods and resources and developing proactive approaches to achieving measurable and sustainable results.

“Bringing in experts from outside our organization will provide a fresh perspective and new ideas for combatting crime in Killeen,” said Police Chief Chuck Kimble. “OJP has developed successful solutions in other communities, and I believe they will deliver the same in our city.”

Over the next several months, OJP will work with Killeen Police Department and local stakeholders to thoroughly assess serious crime and associated response tactics and to develop an understanding of the community’s perceptions of crime and its perspectives on community engagement.

OJP Diagnostic Center utilizes a data-driven approach to “diagnosing” crime and its root causes. By collecting and analyzing current and trend data, the center can identify multiple facets of the crime cycle and determine baseline indicators for comparison to other cities. Strategies can then be developed unique to Killeen but based in best practices from other agencies with proven results.

The outcome of this process will be a comprehensive strategy to combat crime based on data and evidence. The strategy will establish priorities, identify and allocate resources, provide training, create partnerships and engage the community to effect meaningful and measurable change.

“A safer Killeen is a goal we all share, and it will take all of us, law enforcement and the community, to achieve it,” said Kimble.

The U.S. DOJ, OJP Diagnostic Center is a resource designed to provide customized training and technical assistance (TTA) by working with law enforcement and communities to reduce violent and other serious crimes. The OJP Diagnostic Center helps communities invest in what works best by bridging the gap between data and justice policy at the state, local and tribal levels. OJP Diagnostic Center TTA builds community capacity for data-driven decision-making, ensuring that limited local resources are invested wisely and federal assets are leveraged where they are needed most. By maximizing the impact of available resources, the OJP Diagnostic Center helps communities reap better public safety outcomes and provides their assistance at no cost.

For more information about OJP, visit www.ojpdiagnosticcenter.org 

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Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

KPD Identifies Second Driver in Fatal Crash

UPDATE

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and a complaint was returned charging 33 year-old Sylvester Hiroyuki Hernandez with Racing on Highway Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death.  Hernandez is currently in the Killeen City Jail awaiting arraignment. 

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Officers would like to ask if anyone who has any information such as messages, photos or videos to contact Investigator Brian Pruitt at (254) 200-7931.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this crash and information will be released as it becomes available.

Officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of Barbed Wire Drive, at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2017, in reference to a crash.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a vehicle inside a residence.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a green Dodge Challenger was traveling southbound on Bunny Trail at a high rate of speed.  The driver failed to negotiate a curve, causing the vehicle to hit the curb and leave the roadway.  The vehicle continued to travel through the front yard of a residence, striking a tree and coming to a rest inside the residence.  The driver of the Challenger was the sole occupant of the vehicle and he succumbed to his injuries.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 12:35 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Identify Deceased Males in Shooting

The deceased males have been identified as 34 year-old Bernard Trumarde Winston-Haynes and 25 year-old Courtney Jamal Nelson.

This incident continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.

Killeen Police investigate shooting in the 400 block of South 2nd Street.

Officers responded to the Lone Star Inn and Suites, located at 409 of S. 2nd Street, on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after receiving numerous 911 calls just before 2:30 a.m., about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located two male victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  Both victims were immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in critical condition.  One victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 4:44 a.m.  The second victim was subsequently transported to Baylor Scott and White in Temple where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace GW Ivy at 7:08 a.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that an incident occurred involving both males in which they shot at each other resulting in injuries to both parties.

At this time there is no threat to the community involving this incident.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this shooting to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the app P3 tips for IOS and Android phones.  All information is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this crime, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Identifies Driver from Fatal Crash

December 19, 2017 – UPDATE

The name of the driver has been identified as 28 year-old Kali Athinos Strongheart of Fort Stewart, Georgia.   

Through the investigation officers with the Traffic Unit have identified a second vehicle and driver   involved in this investigation.   Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown issued a warrant for 33 year-old Sylvester Hernandez for Fail to Stop and Provide Information Striking Fixture.  Today, at approximately at 5:10 a.m., Hernandez turned himself in and is currently in the Killeen City Jail. 

Officers would like to ask if anyone who has any information such as messages, photos or videos to contact Officer Brian Pruitt at (254) 200-7931.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this crash and information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the app P3 tips for IOS and Android phones.  All information is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this crime, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of Barbed Wire Drive, at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2017, in reference to a crash.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a vehicle inside a residence.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a green Dodge Challenger was traveling southbound on Bunny Trail at a high rate of speed.  The driver failed to negotiate a curve, causing the vehicle to hit the curb and leave the roadway.  The vehicle continued to travel through the front yard of a residence, striking a tree and coming to a rest inside the residence.  The driver of the Challenger was the sole occupant of the vehicle and he succumbed to his injuries.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 12:35 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police are Investigating a Late Night Crash

Officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of Barbed Wire Drive, at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2017, in reference to a crash.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a vehicle inside a residence.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a green Dodge Challenger was traveling southbound on Bunny Trail at a high rate of speed.  The driver failed to negotiate a curve, causing the vehicle to hit the curb and leave the roadway.  The vehicle continued to travel through the front yard of a residence, striking a tree and coming to a rest inside the residence.  The driver of the Challenger was the sole occupant of the vehicle and he succumbed to his injuries.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 12:35 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017.  He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The victim’s name has been withheld pending the notification of his next of kin.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate this crash and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Investigate Shooting in the 400 block of South 2nd Street

Officers responded to the Lone Star Inn and Suites, located at 409 of S. 2nd Street, on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after receiving numerous 911 calls just before 2:30 a.m., about shots fired.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located two male victims suffering from gunshot wounds.  Both victims were immediately transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in critical condition.  One victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke at 4:44 a.m.  The second victim was subsequently transported to Baylor Scott and White in Temple where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace GW Ivy at 7:08 a.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that an incident occurred involving both males in which they shot at each other resulting in injuries to both parties.

At this time there is no threat to the community involving this incident.

The names of the victims are being withheld until next of kin is notified.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this shooting to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the app P3 tips for IOS and Android phones.  All information is anonymous and confidential and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this crime, you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department