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Killeen Police Announce National Night Out October 7

KILLEEN TO JOIN CITIES NATIONWIDE FOR
‘AMERICA’S NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME’

On Tuesday, October 7th, neighborhoods throughout Killeen are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “31st Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out is designed to:

  1. Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  2. Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts;
  3. Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and
  4. Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 6 to 9 p.m. on October 7th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Killeen and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.  Neighborhoods are encouraged to host a variety of events such as block parties, cookouts, contests, and youth activities.  Call and register your neighborhood so they will get a visit from the police department, fire department and McGruff the Crime Dog.

“The National Night Out program is an outstanding campaign to help build neighborhood unity and strengthen police-community partnerships.  On October 7th, we invite citizens of Killeen and neighborhoods nationwide to join forces with us to give Crime & Drugs a Going Away Party.”  It’s also a chance to have a really good time!

If you would like to register your neighborhood or find out more information please contact Tammy Moseley at 501-8805.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Citizen’s Police Academy Taking Applications

The Killeen Police Department will be hosting its 37th Citizen’s Police Academy with classes beginning on August 18th, 2014 and continuing through November 3rd, 2014. Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 7:00pm until 10:00pm and one additional class on Saturday, October 4th. 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, June 2, 2014; the deadline for applications will be Friday, August 8th, 2014, at 5:00pm. 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.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Road Closures for Police Officer Funeral Announced

Due to the funeral services for Detective Dinwiddie Saturday, May 17, 2014, the following roadways will be closed to through traffic:

 

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.            South WS Young Drive – from Elms Road to Little Nolan

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.          WS Young Drive – from Elms Road to Azalea Drive

Liberty Street to Atkinson Street

The outside eastbound lane on Rancier Ave – from WS Young to 38th Street

 

These roads will be closed to through traffic; however, people attending the funeral services and residents who live on the closed portions of these streets will have access. We ask the community’s patience, as drivers may need to communicate with an officer directing traffic prior to proceeding.

In gratitude,

Margaret Young
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Funeral Services for Killeen Police Detective Charles Dinwiddie

Funeral Services honoring Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie will be as follow:

Detective Charles Dinwiddie

Detective Charles Dinwiddie

The family will receive visitors on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at the First Baptist Church located at 3310 S. WS Young Drive.

The funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00am at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center located at 3601 S. WS Young Drive; burial will follow at the Killeen City Cemetery.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police & TxDOT Kickoff Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The Killeen Police Department in association with the Texas Department of Transportation will be kicking off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month on Saturday, April 26, 2014, during the Celebrate Killeen Festival at the Killeen Community Center located at Veterans Memorial Blvd and WS Young DR.

The Texas Department of Transportation’s 2014 “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign aims to save lives by reminding drivers that motorcycle riders are less visible and less protected than people in cars and trucks. In 2013, crashes killed 494 motorcyclists in Texas; this is up from 470 motorcycle-related deaths in 2012.

Texas Patriot Guard Riders will be riding in formation starting at 10AM and following a route along WS Young/Rancier/38th ST/Veterans Memorial Blvd while carrying flags emblazoned with appeals to “Look Twice for Motorcycles” and “Share the Road.”

Along with the Killeen Police Department’s display of police vehicles, TXDOT will be promoting motorcycle safety at the Celebrate Killeen Festival from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors can climb on a stationary motorcycle in a virtual reality setting, take a picture and help spread the “Share the Road” message by posting it on social media.

 

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Trek Across Texas Bike Ride

The Killeen Police Department would like to cordially invite you to their headquarters for the “We Remember” Memorial Bicycle Trek Across Texas, on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 8am.

Police Officers with the San Antonio Police Department will be riding bicycles throughout the state of Texas visiting every city of fallen officers and holding a small remembrance ceremony to honor these brave men and women along with their families. A memorial flag will be presented to the family and a plaque will be given to the department.

Killeen Police Department units will escort the officers on their bicycles from the LaQuinta Inn located at 1108 S. Fort Hood St. to the Killeen Police Department Headquarters located at 3304 Community Blvd. Local officers, who will be riding in the Police Unity Tour to Honor Fallen Officers in May, will be joining this Trek Across Texas in Killeen and Belton.   The escort is scheduled to begin at 7:45am and is expected to take approximately 30 minutes to get to the headquarters.

The officers will leave the Killeen Police Department immediately after the ceremony and ride to the Bell County Justice Complex located on Loop 121 in Belton, to Honor fallen Bell County Deputy Adam Davis. They will be joined by the local Police Unity Tour members from the Killeen Police Department, Harker Heights Police Department and Officer Hornsby’s widow Kimberly.

Everyone is invited to attend, if you run, cycle or ride a motorcycle you can help carry the memorial flag that bears the name of our honored fallen Officer Bobby Hornsby and Bell County Deputy Adam Davis.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Participates in Prescription Drug Take Back Program

Killeen Police Department Participates in Prescription Drug Take-Back Program.

The Killeen Police Department is participating in the DEA Drug Take-Back Initiative that allows for collection of medications that are no longer needed or wanted. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Starting now, April 21st, and continuing through the weekend until Monday morning, April 28th, 2014, citizens will be able to leave unwanted drugs with the Desk Officer on duty in the lobby of the Killeen Police Department Headquarters located at 3304 Community Blvd or the Desk Officer on duty at the North Precinct located at 402 N. 2nd St. The DEA will later collect these items for proper disposal.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal. It is important for our citizens to remember that you should not flush unwanted prescription drugs down the toilet, put them in the trash or leave the unwanted medications where others might reach them.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police to Conduct Traffic Enforcement Detail

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit to conduct special red light detail.

The Killeen Police Department has reviewed the area of FM 2410 and FM 3470 over the past several months. The traffic unit has seen a high number of crashes where failure to control speed and running red lights have been the contributing factors.

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, officers will be conducting a special traffic detail in the area of FM 2410 and FM 3470 enforcing the law pertaining to running red lights.

Texas Transportation Code Sec. 544.007 Ran Red Light

(d) An operator of a vehicle facing only a steady red light shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. A vehicle that is not turning shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown. After stopping, standing until the intersection may be entered safely, and yielding right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully in an adjacent crosswalk and other traffic lawfully using the intersection, the operator may:

(1) turn right.

The officers will be conducting this detail throughout the day and all violators will be cited.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Animal Control Hosts Pet Adoption Event

Killeen Animal Control is excited to announce their first ever off-site pet adoption at the Petco located at 201 East Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights. Meet your new furry friend this Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 11-4pm.

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Bell County Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament Coming April 4

The Bell County Crime Stoppers is now accepting teams who wish to play in their annual fundraising golf tournament. This tournament will take place on April 4, 2014 at 1:00PM at the Stonetree Golf Course in Killeen.

This has been a great event in the past years and we know it will be just as great again this year. If you are interested in playing in this tournament please contact Carroll Smith at 254-501-8807 or csmith@killeentexas.gov. This event is a 4 person scramble, the cost to play is $90 per person or $350 per team.