Preventing a crime is far easier than solving one. The Killeen Police Department has many resources to keep you from becoming a victim. Please feel free to contact our Crime Prevention Unit for information and resources to protect yourself, your loved ones and your property.
Killeen Citizens On Patrol (KCOP)
The Killeen Police Department Citizens on Patrol program is an effort to bring together interested citizens of Killeen in order to become more aware of the law enforcement problems facing their community. The program is designed to educate interested individuals to problems unique to their neighborhood and to assist in developing a community patrol group. The desired effect of the program is to increase the understanding and cooperation between volunteer citizens and the police officers of the City of Killeen, which will lead to more criminal activity being reported as it is occurring, and the quicker apprehension of the offender.
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Citizens' Police Academy
Those interested in the Citizen's Police Academy program may email Ofelia Miramontez or call 254-501-8807. You must at least 18 years of age and have no criminal background history. Download the Citizen's Police Academy Application (PDF).
Citizens Police Academy (CPA) Alumni Association
The group is composed of graduates of the department's citizen police academy. These citizens have expressed a desire to stay involved with the department after their graduation from the CPA. The association goals are to support the department and our officers' efforts to effectively police the community. Yearly the alumni association presents the Killeen Police Department uniformed officer of the year.
The alumni volunteer approximately 3000 hours a year, performing different functions within the police department. The alumni association remains a strong supporter of our law enforcement efforts and their volunteer hours are an effective tool in curbing manpower needs in the department's non-enforcement activities.
The neighborhood watch program is the most effective means available for keeping crime out of our neighborhoods. It is a crime prevention program, which enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities. It involves:
- Neighbors getting to know each other, taking the time to care about each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance.
- Citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods.
- Crime prevention strategies such as home security and personal security. The neighbors are the ones who really know what is going on in their community.
By cooperating with each other and the police, people can help fight crime in their community in the most effective way before it begins.
The business watch program is a free crime prevention and personal safety program for businesses and employees. The program focuses on various crime prevention strategies through education and information presentations. The program is intended to enhance communication between the police department and the business community, and to educate merchants and employees on crime prevention strategies. It was also designed to help establish a sense of community awareness among business proprietors in an effort to prevent crimes against businesses.
These surveys are made at the request of a homeowner or business and involve the inspection of a premises as to compliance with the State's mandated security requirements. Successful completion of this inspection qualifies the owner for a 5% to 20% reduction in the property insurance.
Educational & Safety Presentations
The Killeen Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is available to give presentations to elementary schools, church groups, and civic groups on a variety of different topics. For information about the topics of presentations given, please email Ericajean Aurelio or call 254-501-8805.