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  • 1. Status report Night on the town Success story Information on current Herald reporters Kansas town shares criminal investigations shadow police officers crime-reduction tale Page 5 Pages 6-7 Page 3 We Support our SoldierS Vol. 56, No. 160 SuNday, JuNe 8, 2008 1 dollar Do you feel safe in Killeen? Residents share their views on crime in the city. A look At crime in killeen “Definitely. The people around me seem to Killeen police work to lower crime rate be just friendly and there’s somebody watching out for each other. I don’t get a By Victor O’Brien sense of fear anytime Killeen Daily Herald I’m out, even at night.” A s residents and community leaders Christine Wojcik question the city’s crime rate, all eyes are on the Killeen Police Department for answers and solutions. The city ranked highest in Texas for burglar- ies per capita based on 2006 numbers, accord- ing to statistics from the Department of Public Safety released in 2007. Killeen was also ranked as the fifth most violent city in Texas by Con- gressional Quarterly in November. However, four months into 2008, crime totals have dropped enough that Police Chief Dennis Baldwin believes 2006’s rankings are older than yesterday’s news. “We’re safer today than one year ago,” Bald- win said in March. He’s been showing that to the Killeen City Council each month. After learning Killeen’s burglary rate led the state, the council called Source: Killeen Police Department for action. Baldwin began briefing the council monthly on current crime statistics in the city Herald/TyreLL JOhNSON “Only in the daytime, compared to a year ago. Baldwin described the decline in burglaries, Statistics provided by the Killeen Police Department give a monthly look at burglaries in Killeen from not at nighttime. rapes and vehicle thefts as a “sharp reduction” January 2007 through April of this year. Burglaries have been on the minds of residents since Killeen There’s too many that he expects will take Killeen off the list of ranked highest in the state for the crime. single, young teenagers most violent cities and end its status as the state leader in burglaries per capita. that includes the burglary unit. “They know people involved. They know their out, looking to do Baldwin created a burglary unit near the end “They don’t work anything else, so they’re not associates, the vehicles they drive and the areas nothing but either steal of 2007 to combat the burglary problem. The constantly getting bombarded by a variety of of town they operate in,” Turck said. unit allowed detectives and officers to hone in different property cases and a heavy caseload. Also, KPD has exercised aggressive tactics to or try to follow you to on burglaries and suspects. Their sole job is to investigate burglaries.” curb overall crime in problem neighborhoods your car.” “It’s allowed me to take a certain number of Detectives have been able to follow up on leads with higher calls for service. Operation Blue these detectives and let them focus on noth- with greater efficiency and tenacity because it’s Canopy led to 64 arrests, 187 citations and 687 Lynn Martin ing but burglary investigations,” said Sgt. Pat their specific beat and they know the major play- Turck, who directs the property crime division ers who are committing the burglaries. Please see Crime, Page “Some people are “I’m from a bigger “It (Killeen) is not safe. “No, because I live “There are a lot breaking into stuff all city so being here in By my neighborhood down in an area of things that go the time, and people are a smaller, military it’s not bad. ... I never where police hardly on ... they pretty doing things like hit- community, I feel go to downtown come down. ... I’ve got much add up to and-runs all the time.” a lot safer.” Killeen.” my guard dog.” something.” Anisha Smiley Nicole Pasley Maria Gomez Michelle Smith Frank Morgan Inside Eyes on Crime Editor's note ��������������������������������� 2 KPD wish list ������������������������������� 5 Comparing communities ����� 2-3 Updates on recent cases �������� 5  Surveillance videos from pending cases Harker Heights crime drops ��� 3 Nighttime ridealongs ��������������6-7 Safety tips������������������������������������� 8  Share your thoughts on Killeen crime Criminals tell why ����������������������� 4
  • 2. 2 Sunday, June 8, 2008 EyEs on CrimE www�kdhnews�com/crime • Killeen Daily Herald Do you feel safe Killeen population keeps growing in Killeen?  City manager: to expect the same. In a budget town hall meeting May 23, Green said safety Residents share their views Police force will grow is consistently the No. 1 concern he hears from residents. on crime in the city. with population “We are aggressively addressing that,” Green said. By Kevin M. Smith The largest allocation of the city’s Killeen Daily Herald budget this year — $19.5 million (32 percent) — went to the police de- Killeen is growing. partment. Some of that money in- In the past 18 years, Killeen’s popu- creased pay to officers and funded lation has increased an estimated 45 new officers. percent. But personnel is not the only big ex- According to the U.S. Census Bu- penditure for the police department. reau, Killeen’s population in 1990 was The capital outlay portion of the bud- 63,535; in 2000, it was 86,911; and a sur- get allocated money for the new police vey in 2006 estimated the population at headquarters, to be built on Feather- 102,003. Killeen City Manager Connie line Road on the south side of town. Green estimates the population today The new police headquarters is ex- to be about 115,000 and growing. pected to open in 2009. Green, in numerous presentations, Killeen is growing south: The city said every population projection he annexed about 4,194 acres south of has seen indicates Killeen’s popula- town in January City officials cited . tion will be about 250,000 by 2030. the need to extend Killeen’s extrater- “I’m a substitute at the In March, the U.S. Census Bureau ritorial jurisdiction and accommo- schools and I hear a released a report that ranked the date growth as the reasons for the Source: U.S. Census Bureau Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood region as annexation. *City of Killeen estimate **City of Killeen projection based on previous growth lot about gangs and the 14th fastest-growing metropolitan In a May 28 budget town hall meet- Herald/TyreLL JOhNSON shootings and things like area in the nation. ing, Green reported the city currently Army’s largest post will get even big- Census Bureau reported Fort Hood’s In the current fiscal year’s budget, has a population of 115,000 with 38,500 ger. Fort Hood has nearly 47,000 sol- population at 33,711 in 2000. that. It’s not what it was the council approved hiring 17 new utility customers on 54 square miles. diers stationed there, Brig. Gen. Fred- Harker Heights’ population was like ... 10 years ago.” police officers to keep the ratio of two Killeen is not the only place in Cen- erick Rudesheim said in a December 12,841 in 1990, 17,308 in 2000 and 22,842 officers per 1,000 residents. tral Texas that’s growing. An announce- announcement. He estimated it would in 2006, according to the Census Melissa Bond In this year’s budget, Green said ment last December revealed that the be near 50,000 soldiers by 2011. The U.S. Bureau. City Council candidates campaign against crime By Kevin M. Smith they’re finding things.” Killeen Daily Herald Council hears monthly reports from police chief In his monthly briefing to the Killeen City Council on May 27, Police Chief If there was one issue every can- Since the news broke that Killeen personnel and equipment it needs to Dennis Baldwin said the recent Blue didate in the May 10 Killeen City ranked as the fifth most dangerous city lower the crime rate and make Killeen Canopy program — in both its phases Council and mayoral election had in Texas — with the highest burglary rate safer� — had resulted in 64 arrests, 187 cita- on their list and could agree on, it in the state — the Killeen City Council “We cannot expect to fight crime tions and 687 citizen contacts. was crime. has kept a close eye on the police without police officers and without Scott Cosper, who raked in the most “Nothing else matters if you department� proper equipment, Rivera said� ” votes in the Killeen council race, said don’t have a handle on your crime Last November, a report by publishers In his most recent briefing, Baldwin public safety is always a high priority rate,” said Maureen Jouett, who fin- of Congressional Quarterly magazine revealed crime statistics year-to-date for him. ished second in the mayoral race. revealed Killeen’s ranking through April� Those numbers “We still have a lot of work to do,” Co- with nationwide crime data continued to show a downward Jouett, who served as mayor from sper said. “We still need to make that a in its 14th annual City Crime trend� Baldwin reported that, 2000-2006 and on the council before priority .” Rankings based on numbers year-to-date, violent crimes have “Certain areas just look that, said every study done in the from 2006� decreased by 14 incidents Cosper, who served three previous past that gauged public perception terms on the council, said he put fight- really sketchy and the or gathered input from residents In December, Killeen compared to the same ing crime as a top issue for his cam- Police Chief Dennis Baldwin period last year and, year-to- people that I’ve seen showed a concern for safety . addressed the City Council date, nonviolent crimes have paign because he sees it as a quality- “We really need to get the word of-life issue. and experiences that out that we’re not the soft under- about the crime rate and what decreased by 340 incidents� Billy Workman, who also won a seat would be done to lower it� Councilman Larry Cole said I’ve had aren’t very belly Jouett said. ,” Since then, Baldwin has Baldwin city statistics are misleading� in the election with the second-highest pleasant.” Lahr Parsons, who finished fourth in the mayoral race, said been briefing the council each “We are manning our number of votes, said a city like Killeen can never have enough police. month on the latest crime statistics — police department based on the civilian Christina Smith the police are too busy . so far so good with each month being statistics, Cole said� ” “Our city cannot operate and take “The only time you see them, lower than the previous one and better The per capita rate is higher than the care of its people if you don’t have they’ve got the lights on and they’re than 2007� number of people the police department boots on the ground,” Workman said. scooting,” Parsons said. Councilman Juan Rivera said those serves because of the number of He noted that being the home to Fort He said the Killeen Police De- briefings have been well-received� soldiers stationed at Fort Hood who Hood and so close to other cities means partment officers are good at what “I’m glad the people who got elected are frequently in Killeen and the close many people from outside Killeen fre- they do, but there are not enough have a mentality for public safety, Rivera ” proximity of several other cities, Cole quently visit the city . of them. said� said, adding that there need to be more Workman, who is serving his sec- With 240 officers serving 120,000 City Manager Connie Green said the officers on the streets� ond term, said there is too much van- residents — “something’s not fair briefings were requested by the council� With the added personnel in the dalism, violent crime and accidents in He said the briefings give the police Fiscal Year 2007-08 budget, the police here,” Parsons said. Killeen. chief an opportunity to have a dialogue department would have 224 patrol He said despite the decline in the “I think we need to be more focused with the council about the status of crime officers, giving it about two officers statistics, the city has a way to go and how things can be done to do better� per 1,000 residents� Green estimates on giving the police department more to improve the crime situation. Rivera said the police department is a Killeen’s population at about 115,000� of what they need,” Workman said. “Take a look at the crime — just take high priority for him as a councilman� Fort Hood has nearly 47,000 soldiers Larry Cole, who received the third a look at it, I don’t care about how sta- “I think the chief of police is doing a stationed there� most votes to keep his council seat, said tistically crime is going down,” Par- great job, Rivera said� ” “We’re going to have to come up with nobody likes the reputation of having sons said, noting he still frequently Rivera wants the council to focus a plan, Cole said� ” the highest burglary rate per capita in reads about burglaries. “So now we’re on getting the police department the — Kevin M. Smith the state. having 12 instead of 13.” “The citizens need to feel safe and Parsons applauded the recent that their property is safe,” Cole said. “I’m used to being Blue Canopy programs that institute a no-toler- ment has started,” Parsons said, referring “I think it is the duty of the government to pro- ance policy for problem areas in town. to the Blue Canopy program. “That tells you vide as safe (an environment as) possible to in a small town. ... “We need more of what the police depart- they’re out there, they’re doing something, residents.” You can leave your doors unlocked. You can’t leave your doors Editor's note unlocked here.” About this section: statistics to theirs� These Before we are editors, cities were chosen based on Christy Blecke reporters, photographers or their crime statistics and the designers, we are residents demographics of their areas� of this area� Like our readers, Military communities were we eat here, shop here, live selected, as were larger cities here and raise our families in Texas� here� Crime affects each of us� We sat down with the chief Whether it influences where of police to discuss, in detail, we buy a house or how late how police are battling the we decide to go out for dinner, burglary epidemic� We asked we think about our safety� City Council members how The Killeen Police this affected their campaigns Department reacted quickly and how they plan to help� and strongly to the burglary We talked with attorneys, issue in town� Through their prosecutors and defense, to efforts, the city is on track get their take on things� Herald/TyreLL JOhNSON to have fewer burglaries for In the end, we have a 2008� The burning question comprehensive look at Dallas remains, however: Do we feel crime in Killeen� The answer Population: 1,192,538 Waco Lubbock safe in our town? to the big question still Population Density: 3,469�9* people/sq� mile Population: 119,394 Population Density: 1,350�6* people/sq� mile Population: 210,178 Well, the Daily Herald remains unknown, however� Racial Makeup Population Density: 1,738�2* people/sq� mile wanted to know how After reading these pages, White: 630,392 or 52�9% Racial Makeup “... Very safe because residents felt, so we compiled hopefully, you will be able to Black or African American: 288,187 or 24�2% American Indian, Alaska Native: 5,232 or 0�4% White 82,017 68�7% Black or African American: 24,602 20�6% Racial Makeup White: 160,052 or 76�2% our own crime team to ask grasp what KPD is up against I’m a soldier. If you’ve around� You will see some of and how they plan to help us Asian: 27,947 or 2�3% Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 748 or 0�1% American Indian and Alaska Native: 186 0�2% Asian: 2,940 2�5% Black or African American: 15,914 or 7�6% American Indian, Alaska Native: 1,791 or 0�9% survived the Army, Some other race: 225,641 or 18�9% Some other race: 7,002 5�9% Asian: 3,830 or 1�8% their answers throughout the all feel safe at night� We hope Two or more races: 14,391 or 1�2% Two or more races: 2,647 2�2% Some other race: 24,523 or 11�7% pages of this production� you have your own answer to Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 513,739 or 43�1% you can survive We didn’t stop there� the question: Do you feel safe Age breakdown Age breakdown Under 5 years: 9,874 8�3% Age breakdown Under 5 years: 16,109 or 7�7% anything, that’s how I Reporters joined police officers from Killeen, in Killeen? When you have your Under 5 years: 109,866 or 9�2% 18 years and over: 868,892 or 72�9% 18 years and over: 87,463 73�3% 65 years and over: 13,170 11�0% 18 years and over: 158,701 or 75�5% 65 years and over: 23,779 or 11�3% feel. Plus, I grew up in Copperas Cove and Harker answer, let us know� Send 65 years and over: 98,642 or 8�3% Median age: 31�9 Median age: 26�8 Gender breakdown Median age: 29�6 Gender breakdown Heights to see what it was letters to the editor to the projects, so it has like in the area at night� dmiller@kdhnews�com and Gender breakdown Male: 614,331 or 51�5% Male: 56,946 47�7% Female: 62,448 52�3% Male: 102,017 or 48�5% Female: 108,161 or 51�5% nothing on that.” We looked to similar leave a message on our Female: 578,207 or 48�5% Violent Crimes Violent Crimes communities in the nation Web site at www�kdhnews� Violent Crimes per 1,000 residents in 2007: 9�29 per 1,000 residents in 2007: 9�12 Marcus Marshall and have compared our com/crime� per 1,000 residents in 2007: 10�69 Property Crimes Property Crimes Property Crimes per 1,000 residents in 2007: 65�53 per 1,000 residents in 2007: 54�6 per 1,000 residents in 2007: 67�76 Sources: U�S� Census Bureau 2006 statistics, *based on 2000 statistics
  • 3. Killeen Daily Herald • www�kdhnews�com/crime EyEs on CrimE Sunday, June 8, 2008 3 Less CrIme Do you feel safe in Killeen? Is PossIbLe Residents share their views on crime in the city.  Kansas military town shares its success story By Kevin M. Smith “We have seen a huge, tremendous Killeen Daily Herald change in the crime by doing that,” Story said. For several decades, Junction City , The theory originated from an arti- Kan. — home to Fort Riley — was not cle by James Wilson and George Kel- the place to be. ling that appeared in The Atlantic A high crime rate marred the city’s Monthly magazine in 1982. reputation. But now, the streets are Story said the theory was put into relatively quiet, officials said. practice by the Junction City Police “When I first started, we were one Department in 1997 and really caught of the highest in the state for crime on between 2000 and 2002. Part of — probably the highest per capita in Junction City’s implementation of the nation,” said Junction City Po- the theory involved placing code en- lice Chief Bob Story who has worked , forcement activities under the police for the police department off and on department. since 1984. Story said drugs are also a factor in “I feel safe, I guess Story and Geary County Attor- the community Story who started as . , because being in the ney Steven Opat said stricter laws, a Junction City narcotics officer, said tougher penalties and aggressive ac- that division is not nearly as busy as area for a while you tion cleaned up the city . when he was working it. And that is kind of know where Junction City’s crime problem clear across the board. dated back to the 1970s. “Narcotics run a lot of our violent to be, where not to be, “Any press that was read about crimes,” Story said. just be observant.” Junction City was negative,” Opat He said drug dealers do not typi- said. cally live in “good” neighborhoods. Art Contreras Story said there would be about six Opat attributed the cleanup to ag- homicides a year at that time. Accord- gressive police behavior and stricter ing to the FBI’s uniform crime report, convictions. there was just one homicide in 2006. “Things became very aggressive,” “I think things in Junction City said Opat, who was county attorney The (Junction City, Kan.) Daily Union/JASON rOBerTS have gotten a lot better and a lot from 1979 to 1989 and has served in Junction City, Kan., police officers take a woman into custody after conduct- safer,” Opat said. that position since 2003 after having ing a search of the Motel 6 at Sapp Bros. truck stop on U.S. highway 77 at the Story said the most recent step to a private practice. intersection with Interstate 70 in Junction City on Oct. 10, 2007. curb crime was when the police de- Opat said he, then-Geary County partment implemented the “broken Sheriff Bill Deppish and then-Police “which made people realize we were Riley is up to about 18,000. He said the window” theory It’s a law enforce- . Chief Jerry Smith worked together trying to address the problem and per capita statistic can be skewed be- ment theory according to Story that , , to aggressively seek criminal convic- this wasn’t a place for criminals to cause there are many soldiers on post says if a person who has been in tions. He said among the things they be,” Opat said. who frequent the community . jail returns to a better community , targeted were drug gangs. Opat said the success can be attrib- Deployments also have an effect on they are not as tempted to commit “We ended up smashing three sub- uted to an unrelenting attitude. crime, Story said. The number of sol- crimes. He said a nicer-looking com- stantial drug rings,” Opat said. “I think things over the years have diers home has a “two-fold” crime munity sends a message to residents Opat, who went to Junction City stayed fairly consistent and fairly ag- factor. He said there are more people that crime is not acceptable in that as a public defender in 1977, said gressive,” Opat said. to commit crimes, but also more peo- neighborhood. Story said criminals he handled “nearly every crime Story also said crime data for Junc- ple to be the victims of crimes. who return to a neighborhood af- imaginable.” tion City needs to be qualified. Story said with more soldiers in the “No, I live on 16th ter serving a sentence — if it’s nicer “I think what I’ve seen is a more ag- “Our crime rate may be per cap- community there’s more cars to break , than the way they left it — usually ei- gressive approach and an imposition ita, but that doesn’t count Fort Riley,” into or things in homes to go after. Street and I’ve been ther change their ways or move to an- of serious consequences,” Opat said. Story said. “There’s so much more opportu- stopped four different other community where crime is an Opat recalled seeking and achiev- He said Junction City’s population nity for someone to be a victim,” accepted behavior. ing many homicide convictions, is estimated near 20,000 now and Fort Story said. times by cops because I’m a woman and Heights chief pleased with drop in crime rate there’s a lot of prostitutes.” Amber Beckham By Mason W. Canales Killeen Daily Herald “CADET is a proactive, aggressive move against property Council’s ability to help with policing issues by making HARKER HEIGHTS — The crime, even though those are low. If we don’t get on this stricter ordinances such as the ones placed on adult-ori- city saw a decrease in overall now, it will overwhelm us in the future.” ented businesses in Harker reported crimes for 2007. Heights and things like traf- “We do enjoy a low crime Mike Gentry, harker heights police chief fic issues, he said. rate across the board,” said The community itself also Mike Gentry Harker Heights , incidents of burglary . both residentially and com- gressive move against prop- does its fair share of keeping police chief. Both of those levels are mercially, bringing more erty crime, even though those Harker Heights’ crime low, With numbers based on down from the previous year, crime is something the are low,” Gentry said. “If we Gentry said. Harker Heights having a according to the Texas De- Harker Heights Police De- don’t get on this now, it will “Our community really population of 23,726, the city partment of Public Safety . partment is trying to han- overwhelm us in the future.” does watch out for each other. had a crime rate of 3,723.5 per A bulk of the criminal ac- dle before it gets out of hand, An effective way to police Our people call us more for 100,000 people in 2006, and in tivity includes larceny better , Gentry said. a community is to see a prob- things that concern them 2007, its crime rate per 100,000 known as theft, and it is typi- It is using enforcement lem before it becomes a statis- and that is what we want,” people dropped to 3,118.9, ac- cally the highest crime in any techniques like CADET tic, Gentry said. You do that he said, noting that the police cording to the Texas Depart- city Gentry said. , (crime analysis, direct en- by attacking the source and department received 50,000 ment of Public Safety . “As Harker Heights has forcement and technology) policing heavily on the minor calls-for-service last year. The two crimes reported grown and the residential area to keep Harker Heights’ crimes, because those people Harker Heights reported 740 most in Harker Heights were has grown, we are concerned property crime, as well as are more likely to commit crimes last year and cleared “I feel pretty safe in larceny and burglary in 2007, 138 of those crimes. It had a with 452 reported incidents on lowering the crime rate on ,” property Gentry said. other crimes, low, Gentry said. more severe crimes in the future. total of 51 violent crimes, ac- Killeen because it’s of larceny and 207 reported The concern about growth, “CADET is a proactive, ag- Gentry appreciates the City cording to Texas DPS. a big city and a lot of us are military. I Killeen Fayetteville, N.C. Nonviolent Crimes per 1,000 residents in 2007 don’t think we have Population: 95,874 Population: 164,261 anything to worry about.” Population Density: 2,458�9* people/sq� mile Population Density: 2,059�2* people/sq� mile Killeen Racial Makeup Racial Makeup White: 47,698 or 49�8% White: 71,216 or 43�4% Copperas Cove Black or African American: 33,270 or 34�7% Black or African American: 77,010 or 46�9% Derek Jackson American Indian, Alaska Native: 437 or 0�5% American Indian, Alaska Native: 1,748 or 1�1% Asian: 3,301 3�4% Asian: 3,642 or 2�2% Harker Heights Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 62 or 0�1% Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 618 or 0�4% Some other race: 5,974 or 6�2% Some other race: 3,522 or 2�1% Waco Two or more races: 5,132 or 5�4% Two or more races: 6,505 or 4�0% Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 22,990 or 24�0% Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 7,844 or 4�8% Dallas Age breakdown Under 5 years: 12,109 or 12�6% Age breakdown Under 5 years: 13,778 or 8�4% Lubbock 18 years and over: 63,101 or 65�8% 65 years and over: 5,707 or 6�0% 18 years and over: 118,099 or 71�9% 65 years and over: 18,304 or 11�1% Lawton, Okla. Median age: 27�2 Median age: 34�9 Clarksville, Tenn. Gender breakdown Gender breakdown Male: 47,565 or 49�6% Female: 48,309 or 50�4% Male: 75,368 or 45�9% Female: 88,893 or 54�1% Fayetteville,N.C. Violent Crimes Violent Crimes 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 per 1,000 residents in 2007: 7�82 Property Crimes per 1,000 residents in 2007: 8�04 Property Crimes Source: Each city reported its own data. per 1,000 residents in 2007: 54�51 per 1,000 residents in 2007: 76�83 Herald/TyreLL JOhNSON Nearby Army post: Fort Hood* Population: 33,711 Nearby Army Post: Fort Bragg* Population: 29,183 Lawton, Okla. Clarksville, Tenn. Nearby Army post: Fort Campbell, Ky.* Population: 14,338 Population: 90,851 Population: 113,175 Racial Makeup Racial Makeup Population Density: 1,234�5 people/sq� mile Population Density: 1,090�6* people/sq� mile Racial Makeup White: 17,103 or 50�7% White: 16,942 or 58�1% White: 8,396 or 58�6% Black or African American: 10,651 or 31�6% Black or African American: 7,368 or 25�2% Racial Makeup Racial Makeup Black or African American: 3,703 or 25�8% American Indian, Alaska Native: 407 or 1�2% American Indian, Alaska Native: 336 or 1�2% White: 53,963 or 59�4% White: 75,582 or 67�9% American Indian, Alaska Native: 142 or 1�0% Asian: 719 or 2�1% Asian: 536 or 1�8% Black or African American: 19,819 or 21�8% Black or African American: 26,944 or 24�2% Asian: 248 or 1�7% Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 284 or 0�8% Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 255 or 0�9% American Indian, Alaska Native: 4,551 or 5�0% American Indian, Alaska Native: 766 or 0�7% Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 147 or 1�0% Asian: 2,759 or 2�5% Some other race: 1,019 or 7�1% Some other race: 2,938 or 8�7% Some other race: 2,419 or 8�3% Asian: 1,879 or 2�1% “That’s why I live in Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander:130 or 0�1 Two or more races: 683 or 4�8% Two or more races: 1,609 or 4�8% Two or more races: 1,327 or 4�5% Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 639 or 0�7% Some other race: 1,253 or 1�1% Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 5,630 or 16�7% Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 4,603 or 15�8% Some other race: 4,151 or 4�6% Two or more races: 3,883 or 3�5% Age breakdown Age breakdown Two or more races: 5,849 or 6�4% Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 8,500 or 9�4% Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 6,152 or 5�5% Age breakdown Under 5 years: 2,316 or 16�2% 18 years and over: 9,235 or 64�4% Cove. I don’t live in Under 5 years: 3,947 or 11�7% Under 5 years: 3,247 or 11�1% 18 years and over: 22,477 or 66�7% 65 years and over: 36 or 0�1% 18 years and over: 21,664 or 74�2% 65 years and over 17 0�1% Age breakdown Under 5 years: 7,951 or 8�8%; 18 years and over: Age breakdown Under 5 years: 9,424 or 8�5% 18 years and over: 79,201 or 71�1% 65 years and over: 7 or 0�0 Median age: 21�4 Killeen because of the Median age: 21�4 Median age: 22 63,482 or 69�9%; 65 years and over: 9,217 or 10�1%: Median age: 30�3 65 years and over: 9,228 or 8�3% Median age: 29�9 Gender breakdown crime.” Gender breakdown Gender breakdown Gender breakdown Male: 8,772 or 61�2% Female: 5,566 or 38�8% Male: 20,911 or 62�0% Female: 12,800 or 38�0% Male: 19,980 68�5% Female 9,203 31�5% Male: 45,943 or 50�6% Female: 44,908 or 49�4% Violent Crimes per 1,000 residents in 2007: 7 Gender breakdown Male: 54,389 or 48�9% Female: 56,928 or 51�1% Sources: U�S� Census Bureau 2006 statistics, Genevieve Afan Property Crimes per 1,000 residents in 2007: 51�6 *based on 2000 statistics Sources: U�S� Census Bureau 2006 statistics, Sources: U�S� Census Bureau 2006 statistics, Violent Crimes per 1,000 residents in 2007: 9�54 globalsecurity�org, Lawtonpd�com *based on 2000 statistics ci�fayetteville�nc�us, *based on 2000 statistics Nearby Army post: Fort Sill Pop.: 18,000 Property Crimes per 1,000 residents in 2007: 34�24
  • 4. Sunday, June 8, 2008 EyEs on CrimE www�kdhnews�com/crime • Killeen Daily Herald Do you feel safe Why? Convicted felons, district court judge say many burglaries are 'crimes of the moment' in Killeen? By Justin Cox Killeen Daily Herald lue, who was sentenced to 60 years in prison by a Bell County jury for en- gaging in organized criminal activity , Residents share their views At the end of 2007, Killeen’s burglary enhanced to a first-degree felony . on crime in the city. rate ranked at the top of Texas cities. LeBlue coordinated his team to com- While that rate has steadily declined mit a high volume of low-tech crimes, in recent months with the emphasis including burglaries. LeBlue, a five- on preventing the crime, some officials time felon, was very mindful of the believe Killeen’s population lends it- justice system, and gave instructions self to a greater number of burglaries. to his team on the types of crimes to Many attorneys believe that Killeen commit in order to avoid more severe simply has a higher percentage of peo- offenses and attention. ple who commit this sort of crime. Lacey Higgins, part of LeBlue’s One 21-year-old Killeen man, who team, testified in the trial’s first day asked to remain nameless, was con- that they burglarized both cars and victed of burglary of a habitation and buildings for one purpose. possession of cocaine in March 2006, “Get more money so we could get and was sentenced to three years in more crack,” Higgins said. the Texas Department of Criminal According to testimony LeBlue’s , Justice. After serving a little less team consisted of a rotating ring of than two years of his sentence, he is crack users. LeBlue had a consistent now out on parole. group of people he trusted that com- More often than not, he said, bur- mitted burglaries of small businesses glaries are committed by individu- in January February and March 2007 , “Killeen is getting rough.” als because they believe they can get in a tactic they referred to on the stand away with it. He was out with his as “smash-and-grabs.” Denise Washington friends, some of whom were drink- It wasn’t until police compromised ing, and they didn’t have anything to this inner circle that they finally caught do. One of his friends mentioned a Source: Killeen Police Department LeBlue in the act on April 21, 2007. neighbor who had a plasma television Killeen Police Department Detec- Herald/TyreLL JOhNSON and video game systems. tive Larry Hurry served as the depart- “So I got it in my head that I could ment’s lead investigator in the case. go by one night when no one was caught when police matched his face to crimes of opportunity Trudo said. ,” Hurry said that group members there and just help myself,” he said. a security camera at a pawn shop when “When I see young people involved in would pair off and go to parking lots, “I didn’t think I’d get caught ... I was he sold the laptop. He said most bur- burglaries, it’s usually because they looking for any exposed items of just actin’ stupid.” glaries happen like this. are walking the street, it’s a vacation value left inside. Odds dictated that He said he thought there’d be a chance Judge Martha Trudo of the 264th time, they see a house, they walk by , they would find several vehicles with that if he got in, he could get some crack District Court sentenced this man, and they think, ‘Why not?’” a purse, an open checkbook, a wallet, too, because his friend insinuated the and agrees with him. But, Trudo said, there are some that exposed in plain sight. neighbor might be selling drugs. He “I think that a lot of the burglaries are a coordinated effort of a gang of said he got in, took the television, an are crimes of the moment — a lot of criminals. These groups are led by Contact Justin Cox at jcox@ XBox 360 and a laptop computer. He was them are not well-planned — they are men such as Christopher Lynn LeB- or (254) 501-7568. “(Don’t feel safe) in some Law restricts judges Area’s crime rate places ... there’s a lot of crackheads here.” in sentencing some troubles resident Steven Lyon first-time offenders By Victor O’Brien Killeen Daily Herald Shawn Lidtka can’t wait to pack his bags. By Justin Cox A witness to a shooting and burglary victim Killeen Daily Herald in a span of 34 days, the Fort Hood soldier is more than ready to leave his Bundrant Drive In criminal sentencing, why do judges give some- apartment. one probation time rather than sending them to Lidtka was burglarized May 12, when jail? $150 in coins and a checkbook were Sometimes, they have little or no choice, especially stolen. Sources: Texas Department of Public Safety, FBI Uniform Crime Reports, Killeen Police Department if the defendant is a first-time offender. Under state On April 9, he saw a group of people law, for first-time drug offenders found guilty of the partying on the balcony of a neighboring lowest drug possession offense, possession of less Bundrant apartment complex. Minutes than 1 gram of cocaine, for instance, probation is later, he heard three gunshots and saw mandatory . one man firing shots at another at that That means that it doesn’t matter if the prosecu- complex. tor, defense attorney arresting officer, or even sitting , On May 10, Killeen police designated judge believes the defendant deserves jail time; under Lidtka’s neighborhood as a “no-tolerance state law, he or she gets probation only . zone” because of the high number of “I would say I feel Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said he crimes in the area. doesn’t believe many people realize that fact. “I almost feel like this is like living in pretty safe — given “When that law was passed, it was passed as a the Bronx or something,” he said. where I live — I hear ‘one size fits all,’” Garza said. “In reality that’s just , A 23-year-old man was shot and not true. What it does is prevent the courts from be- hospitalized in the April 9 shooting, but a lot of sirens.” ing able to make individual determination based on later released, according to police reports. each case.” Also, a man was killed during an Coretta Perkins Garza said he is firmly against the law because it argument at the same complex across the puts two vastly different groups of felony offenders Sources: Texas Department of Public Safety, FBI Uniform Crime Reports, Killeen Police Department street three weeks before Lidtka moved in the same punishment category . Herald/TyreLL JOhNSON into the apartment. “I generally think the public is unaware manda- Lidtka received warnings about crime tory probation sentences must be given out by the an acceptable punishment. But there are lots of these in Killeen when he was moved to Fort courts,” he said. “The Legislature was under tre- kids where it’s automatic probation, and that’s just Hood in December, but after seeing the mendous pressure to reduce the population in the not appropriate, even if it is their first felony offense. barracks, he chose to seek an apartment penitentiary They were hoping to rehabilitate to . They’ve professed the fact that they are not gonna off-post. save against having to construct new facilities in quit using drugs, or they’re not going to quit deal- He chose his apartment on Bundrant the future.” ing drugs, or they are not mentally capable of fol- Drive because newer ones cost nearly Garza said he believes that about 60 percent of lowing the rules of probation for an extended pe- double the price with monthlong waiting offenders who get probation end up committing an- riod of time.” lists. That is now a decision he second- other crime shortly thereafter and are back in the But one way or another, it all comes back to the guesses since he moved in Jan. 4. system, only to get the jail sentence the next time judge. KPD classified Bundrant Drive as a around that they should have already received. Judge Martha Trudo serves as one of the three high-crime area and a “no-tolerance “There are success stories out there,” Garza said. criminal court justices from her elected post as the zone” in early May, but that is little “For the individual who really wants to redirect their 264th District Court judge. Trudo said that even with comfort to Lidtka. He described the “no- life, we’ll never see that individual again, and they’ll offenses such as burglaries, probation is the neces- tolerance zone” as similar to a bomb live out their lives. But more so, we’ll see individuals sary step and a chance to give some kids the wake- warning in which a person would want “You go down to who have been on probation who are back up here (af- up call they need. to get out of the area before the bomb Houston, it’s a lot ter committing another felony).” “For some who are not getting ‘pen’ time the first explodes. Prosecutors aren’t the only ones who believe that time around, have no prior record ... they are 17 or Lidtka plans to leave the Army and worse.” mandatory probation isn’t a viable solution. Defense 18 years old — perhaps they cooperated or maybe Killeen and move back to California. attorney Paul LePak has tried many cases through had given information — maybe there’s not a prob- “You always feel really bad that Mike hefner the Bell County Justice Complex, and said some- lem with giving a young person a second chance,” someone would do that (burglarize) to times, probation just isn’t the way to go, not even for Trudo said. “When they see the same person picked you, but you always get over it and you his client. up time and time again, I don’t know that it hap- have to move on,” Lidtka said. “I’m certainly a proponent of probation in the pens that often. I don’t think you find that very of- right circumstance,” LePak said. “If you’ve got noth- ten, unless there is a really good reason. It’s a case- Contact Victor O’Brien at vobrien@kdhnews. ing more than high school hijinks, then probation is by-case basis.” com or (254) 501-7468 Crime: operation blue Canopy targets city’s high-crime areas Continued from Page 1 no longer a no-tolerance zone, but in- from 195 last year to 186 during the “The more calls-for-service you have, stead a high-density patrol area. same period in 2008. the slower response time you have,” citizen contacts as of May 27, Baldwin Baldwin said the aggressive tactics The murder total, which was among Baldwin said. “We had nearly a 10 per- said. The program has had two phases do not mean that crime is up — even the highest in a decade last year, was cent increase in calls-for-services and so far. the numbers show crime is down — the only crime category not to decline our response time slowed somewhat.” Phase II, currently in operation, in- but rather that KPD is being more ag- in the first four months, but only be- While there is still plenty of time left cludes Dunn Street, Veterans Memo- gressive in helping to build safer neigh- cause one man attacked in 2006 died in the calendar year, the early numbers rial Boulevard, 24th Street and Gilmer borhoods in high-crime areas. in June 2007, and the case is listed as a say KPD is making the right moves. “I feel safe ... I think no Street. The area is considered a “no- “Every community of 100,000 is going 2008 murder because of when the in- “We are making progress across the matter where you go, tolerance zone,” which means instead of verbal warnings, officers issue cita- to have hot spots they need to address with police resources,” he said. “So dictments were finalized. KPD has achieved measures of suc- board, but we’re not done yet,” Bald- win said. “The year is still too early to there is crime.” tions and make arrests. while crime overall is down, that does cess despite a dramatic increase in calls- say how it will end up.” Phase I included the area between not mean there are not crime problems for-service in 2008. KPD had 3,896 more Bernadette Serna 38th Street, Rancier Avenue, Diane in specific areas of this community .” calls-for-service from January to April Contact Victor O’Brien at vobrien@ Street and Tucker Street. That area is Aggravated assaults also decreased 2008 (43,645) compared to 2007 (39,749). or (254) 501-7468.
  • 5. Killeen Daily Herald • www�kdhnews�com/crime EyEs on CrimE Sunday, June 8, 2008 5 New KPD unit organized to stem burglaries Do you feel safe By Mason W. Canales where there is a lack of evidence or information for How the arrest was made: Police responded to an Killeen Daily Herald police to track. There are burglary cases that have no witnesses, no suspect information and no way to identify the stolen items, Turck said. alarm at Sears� Upon checking all the doors of the store, an officer saw two men pass by a window and then break a door with a fire extinguisher� It was a short chase in Killeen? Killeen residents were victims of 2,319 reported When the serial numbers of stolen items are not involving a police K-9 before two teens were arrested� Residents share their views burglaries in 2007, according to information from the Killeen Police Department. This year, residents provided to the police, it is harder for them to track on crime in the city. Incident: Feb� 7; Arrest: Feb� 8 have seen about 584 from January through April. the stolen goods, Turck said. Location: 2000 block of Cimmaron Drive� The large number of burglaries led to the cre- “That is where the victims can make a huge dif- How the arrest was made: Person came home and ation of a specialized unit within the Killeen Police ference in the prosecution, by providing serial num- found several items missing from his home� A neighbor Department to handle the problem. bers of items that were stolen,” Turck said. told him two people down the street were selling items The Burglary Unit, started in November, is that matched the owner’s description� Police dedicated not only to solving burglary cases investigated and determined the two men were but also to taking a proactive approach to responsible for the Cimmaron burglary� preventing future ones, said Sgt. Pat Turck, Individuals arrested: Michael Paul Killeen police officer. Dominick, Treavor Scott Whitfield “It is something that we have really fo- Incident: Jan� 20; Arrest: April 15 cused on this year compared to years in the Location: 500 block of Harris Street past,” Turck said. How the arrest was made: Neighbor was There is a significantly lower number of watching the home when items went missing� reported burglaries in Killeen from Janu- Dominick Whitfield reed Cook The Killeen Police Department conducted ary through May this year compared to the an investigation of the burglary, located same time last year. “They are down by about 30 per- The following are some burglary arrests made by KPD and returned the stolen items to the owner� Police cent,” Turck said. since Jan� 1, 2008: arrested the suspected individual� The growing relationship between the commu- Incident: Jan� 7; Arrest: Jan� 7 Individual arrested: Paul David Reed nity and patrol, as well as the dedicated unit, are Location: 2600 block of Boswell Drive plausible reasons for the decline, Turck said. How the arrest was made: Witnesses called and Incident: May 1; Arrest: May 1 “There’s too It is the unit’s goal to make as many arrests as possi- reported a suspicious vehicle in a neighbor’s drive� They said they saw two people exit a home and enter Location: 1000 block of Parmer Lane How the arrest was made: A resident returned much crime.” ble for those responsible for burglaries, Turck said. the vehicle� Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but home to find items missing� The officer received Gabriele Jones Typically when one arrest is made for a bur- it fled the scene� The chase ended in a foot pursuit , possible-suspect information from the resident and the glary charge, it will clear several incidents. How- and two suspects were apprehended� officer located a chair outside a window of the home ever, sometimes those incidents are known to the with a shoe print on it� Later that night, police arrested a police and sometimes they are not. Incident: Jan� 14; Arrest: Jan� 14 suspect� The stolen items were returned to the owner� KPD receives a number of reports for burglaries Location: 2100 W�S� Young Drive Individual arrested: Rayshawn Cook A CLOSer LOOK: status report on Killeen’s recent homicides Killeen had its highest murder Age: Westbrook, 30, and Age: 39 Victim: Robert Floyd West Location: 800 block of North total since 2000 in 2007 and in Brannum, 36 Date: July 15, 2007 Age: 29 Second Street addition to trials, Police Chief Date: April 28, 2007 Location: 4300 block of Date: Dec� 15, 2007 Status: Open; Tran was killed Dennis Baldwin expects progress Location: 2500 block of Hondo Drive Status: Case under review; during an altercation at the back in several open cases� Grassland Drive Status: Open; Green’s The preliminary investigation of an office building in downtown “We’re following up some very Status: Open; The couple’s roommate found Green on a showed that West was shot Killeen� strong leads and I do expect bodies were discovered by friends couch, Killeen police reported� during the course of an some arrests to come about,” at their Grassland Drive home� altercation with other people, a Victim: Diana Mota Baldwin said� He declined to Victim: Anthony Jerome KPD news release stated� Age: 31 be specific about which cases Victim: Joshua James Montague Hemingway Date: April 12, 2008 he expected arrests to be made Age: 26 Age: 43 Victim: Clifton Carruthers* Location: 3100 block of on, but insists the Killeen Police Date: June 8, 2007 Date: Aug� 20, 2007 Age: 52 Southhill Drive “I wouldn’t have got a Department does not forget about a homicide and continues Location: 4500 Central Texas Expressway at Location: 1500 block of Windward Drive Date: Aug� 8, 2006 Status: Arrest Made; Dan Status: Cleared by Exceptional Arrest; Police home security system if I to actively investigate� “It does take time to bring these Hallmark Inn and Suites Status: Arrest Made; Christopher Ray Smith, 25, of Edward Tennon, 30, of Killeen, accepted a plea agreement of 18 classified Mota’s death as a murder-suicide in which Staff thought I was safe.” cases to where we can close Status: Killeen, was charged with murder years in prison on a manslaughter Sgt� Gilberto Mota, 34, shot them with an arrest, but that is our Arrest Made; after being found wounded at the charge in connection with an Diana before taking his own Donald Ludwick mandate and we continue to make Joe Castillo, scene� No trial date has been set� assault in which Carruthers was life� that our goal,” he said� 29, of Harker beaten with a pistol� Carruthers Heights, Victim: Tyrone Haskins was hospitalized and remained Victim: Frederick John Dimock Victim: Goldsin Nimnuan pleaded guilty Age: 18 comatose until he died June 7, Age: 58 Age: 25 to the felony Date: Sept� 30, 2007 2007� Date: May 1 Date: Jan� 12, 2007 murder of Location: 4400 block of Alan *Due to the timing of indictments Location: Location: 1500 block of Janis Castillo Montague Kent Drive and charges, Carruthers’ death is 3100 block Drive in exchange Status: Arrests Made; Rico considered a 2008 homicide, instead of South Fort Status: for 25 years in prison� He will be Doyle, 28, and Damiee Kendrick of 2007 Hood Street Arrest Made; eligible for parole after serving Johnson, 18, were arrested Dec� Status: Rigoberto half his sentence� 12 and May 6, respectively, on Victim: Christopher Wall Open; Police Martinez murder charges� No trial date has Bernard Jr� are seeking Jr�, 18, was Victim: Sheila Reed and been set� Age: 18 to talk with convicted of Gricelda P� Ramos Date: April 1, 2008 Antwon Harris murder March Age: Reed, 40, and Ramos, 28 Victim: Maurice Junior Walker Location: 1200 block of in connection 28, 2008, and Date: July 4, 2007 Age: 27 Jacqueline Street with the sentenced to Status: Open; Reed and Date: Oct� 28, 2007 Status: Open; Wall died April shooting 40 years in Ramos were killed in a double- Location: 700 block of West 4 from wounds suffered in a harris death� Martinez prison� homicide at the Dollar General Avenue C drive-by shooting� Store in the 4100 block of Stan Status: Case under review; Sources: Killeen Police Victims: Darius Treymane Schlueter Loop� The police determined that Victim: Kimberly Quynhnhu Tran Department, Bell County district Westbrook and Natasha Williams Walker and another subject were Age: 41 attorney’s office and previous Brannum Victim: Therion Green engaged in a verbal argument� Date: April 2, 2008 Killeen Daily Herald articles� “I do. ... Everybody that lives around you is Killeen police chief shares his wish list pretty much concerned about what you do.” James Martin By Victor O’Brien The scanner reviews Killeen Daily Herald thousands of vehicles a day , while an officer may only do A growing police several dozen, he said. department in a The scanner will help growing city has track wanted persons and increased needs, Killeen stolen vehicles through Police Chief Dennis vehicle registrations. Baldwin asserts. In the In addition, crime scene past four years, with the and surveillance technology support of the Killeen City is also on his wish list. Council, Baldwin has been Baldwin declined to detail able to position the police specific technology to department to aggressively avoid giving away police attack crime, leading to a strategy The department . drop so far this year. plans to apply for grants With a rising population, to supplement any city however, Baldwin lists funding in order to obtain several needs he hopes new equipment since the “... Just because I don’t investigative equipment is will be supported: more staff, more vehicles, new particularly expensive. go to the bad areas.” equipment and community Veniecia Demeritte support. Community dialogue Herald/DAVID MOrrIS Baldwin considers More staff community voices as edmond Jones, Citizens On Patrol member, discusses vehicle racing problems with Lt. Mike Click The police department before a public forum for the Killeen Police Department on May 19. essential as any other plans. expects Killeen’s population When residents speak up, to reach 121,000 by 2010 and through April and could Vehicles been acquired through the department learns about with that Baldwin hopes continue to increase with budget funding in the past the areas it needs to improve to have at least two officers the population. The more officers KPD several years. A helicopter, and areas of the city that per 1,000 residents. To make The ideal plan would be has, the more vehicles to be used in vehicle chases, need more officers, Baldwin that possible, Baldwin has to staff about 260 officers will be needed to put those area searches and to add said. budgeted for more officers in to handle Killeen’s service officers and detectives on the more eyes over the city is , Even more important, tips the past few years and plans population, which far street. Also, those officers a wish Baldwin hopes is and leads from residents to do so in 2008 to reach his exceeds how many residents will be more effective in granted in 2008. Baldwin alert them to criminal goal of 242. actually live in Killeen. In fully-equipped patrol units made a proposal to the activity. “I need to prepare for that addition to more patrol with new equipment and not Killeen City Council for KPD “I need them to continue today and not wait for it officers to respond to crimes just recycled material from to purchase and maintain a to report suspicious then,” he said. “Progress is and detectives to investigate, older units. helicopter in April. activity and crime in their being made on many fronts civilian staff and public “The last thing we want In addition, Baldwin neighborhoods — regardless (in crime), but it all comes service officers will be to do is take old, outdated hopes for a license plate of what they think is going down to those boots on needed to back up those equipment and move it from vehicle to vehicle,” he said. recognition scanner that to get done with it. That “I never had any the ground when it comes officers at the department. runs registration checks as information is vital because to keeping up with those “We can’t do our job they pass on the road instead if we don’t know what’s problems. I have lived calls-for-service.” without civilian support Equipment of an officer having to radio going on it’s very difficult here for about 10 years.” Calls-for-service have staff,” Baldwin said. “They Much of the department’s or type in a license plate to allocate resources to the increased 9.83 percent all weigh in on our success.” specialized equipment has number. problem.” Jamie Dill
  • 6. 6 Sunday, June 8, 2008 EyEs on CrimE www�kdhnews�com/crime • Killeen Daily Herald Do you DAILY HERALD REPORTER VICTOR O’BRIEN ON PATROL feel safe in Killeen? View of Killeen from the passenger’s seat Thursday, May 15 We drive, slowly down Terrace , “Some nights, we go from the time “People that drive downtown Residents share their views Drive into Conder Park. He turns we get on, to the time we get off. It’s Killeen — that have never been here on crime in the city. 9:00 p.m. A public service officer escorts me upstairs to the briefing room. I wait off his lights and we’re concealed by the darkness. He uses a spotlight intermittently to search the park’s non-stop.” Two hours in and this night has been moderately busy he said. , before — don’t need to see all the prostitution and drug addicts that are walking around. That’s something dark areas, which are numerous. they don’t need to see. It gives us a 10:59 while the nighttime patrol A shots-fired call officers snack on a box of He pulls up next to a car bad reputation for our city .” on Westcliff Road hours-old fried chicken parked in a lot. I wait in He said crimes such as burglaries comes across the radio. in the briefing room and the car while he talks to and forgeries often happen because “You have your seat belt on?” the watch the San Antonio the person in the car. A people are trying to get money for officer asks me. Spurs versus the New woman is just sitting in their next drug-induced “high.” “Yep.” Orleans Hornets on a big- her car on the phone, he But it’s not the criminals he cares He turns on his lights and sirens, screen TV . said. about. It’s the people in the homes that accelerates rapidly and we speed “We used to get a bit count on him to protect them. A few 9:15 The nighttime patrol sergeant calls of action in the park, but it’s slowed down a bit,” across U.S. Highway 190 down W Young as vehicles pull over to the side of the road. .S. months ago, he took a call about an older couple who were the victims of he said. People stopped serial burglars in their neighborhood. 11:06 roll and gives patrol committing crimes in the I see an ambulance The burglars were looking for goods area assignments for the park after KPD stiffened with its lights and money to trade for drugs. evening. I’m assigned to enforcement. Now they out parked along Lake Road. The “They were asleep in their house a 30-year-old downtown By Victor o’Brien have found new places, ambulance waits for the police to and someone pried their door open, patrol officer with a he said. He thinks they respond to see if anybody was hit. stole their wallet, cell phone,” he “I have lived here for 13 reputation for being aggressive. The officer requests not to be named might return during the summer We arrive at an apartment said. “The suspect could have easily months, though. complex, seconds behind another hurt them very bad. You could tell in years and haven’t had for privacy reasons. I am brought officer. This one is a no-brainer: I’m those people’s faces that they were any problems. I live in an area where I feel safe.” downstairs, where I sign a waiver. The officer asks the sergeant if the 10:00 I listen as a call about a domestic waiting in the car. People are sitting on the steps just scared.” Sarah Martin waiver means he cannot give chase if one happens. The sergeant gives the disturbance on Gray Street comes on the scanner. We’re on our way Then, over the radio, comes the . and tell him they didn’t see or hear anything. 12:00 a.m. The night has slowed down. He patrols downtown again. We bad news: There will be no chasing No one was shot. No one has a tonight. news that a suspect in a narcotics see a man and a woman outside complaint. No bullets were found. search has fled into downtown. an apartment complex on Harbor 9:25 I am in the parking lot I hold onto my seat as we make On to the next call. Street. He pulls over and talks to 11:20 behind the police station a quick U-turn. We’re driving one We drive down them. It’s dark and he asks me to checking out the cruiser. The police block over from the suspect. Rancier and we pass wait in the car. He runs the woman’s officer unloads his SWAT gear from The officer turns right and pulls W Young. I covered a shooting at .S. criminal history over the radio. his unmarked car into the trunk of up behind the vehicle on Rancier this intersection a little more than She has a prior arrest in Temple for his patrol cruiser. I stare as he loads Avenue. He turns on his lights and a month ago. Shots were fired from prostitution, he said. his rifle into the car. sirens. The vehicle pulls over. one vehicle into another. Five minutes later, a loud He has been with KPD for five “Wait here,” he said to me. At this hour, the streetlights and screeching noise comes from a few years. The suspect starts to get out of his car dealerships at each corner are blocks away The officer rushes . I hop into the passenger’s seat car. “Stay in your car,” the officer says. the only thing keeping it from being back to the car. We rush over in the and the officer gets into the driver’s The officer, another officer and an dark. We drive down the street to direction of the screeching, but we seat. He signs into his Mobile undercover organized crime detective the 7-Eleven on Rancier Avenue. see nothing. Data Terminal (MDT), the in-car search the suspect and the vehicle. The officer gets an energy drink and computer that operates through a touch screen. The system dispatches They find a large wad of cash. They put him behind me in the back seat of talks to the clerks. I follow behind, observing. 12:10 The officer responds to a complaint about a man being run down. He believes him to calls, displays a touch-screen the cruiser. Only a barrier separates He asks them how they are doing map and a view of the car’s camera, the complaint is related to the sound me from him. He asks me to get the tonight and the clerk tells him they “I don’t know, because among many other tasks. officer’s attention. I get an officer’s had one problem, but that’s it. of tires peeling off. He runs a test of his lights and I wait in the car again while he I haven’t had anything sirens. His car pops up on a map on attention and the suspect asks him As we walk back to the car, the talks to a man. The man gets pretty if he can write down some numbers officer tells me he passes by this specific happen to make the MDT. from a cell phone. The officer tells store nightly to find out what’s going heated and emotional. He tells the officer the vehicle with the tires me feel unsafe.” We head onto the streets of downtown Killeen. him he can get those numbers back at on in his patrol area. peeling off tried to run him over. the jail. The officer tells me I can step The two clerks have each been He and another officer at the scene Charlene Fee 9:35 The officer begins his out of the car. robbed before, he said. One of take the victim’s information. downtown patrol east I overhear from the undercover them was assaulted by a group of We give the victim a ride in the of 10th Street, where he routinely detective’s radio that officers at the juveniles a few weeks earlier. back seat to a motel on Veterans suspect’s apartment found drugs. The 11:40 sees signs of drugs and prostitutes. The officer drives Memorial Boulevard. Another He said prostitutes have decreased officer returns to the car and we take around 14th Street officer says that he may have the significantly in Killeen since the the suspect to the jail on a charge of and Parmer Lane. While patrolling, suspect vehicle pulled over a few 1980s based on what he has heard possession of a controlled substance. he is waved over by a man he has blocks away . from senior officers. He still sees The only noise I hear is radio arrested multiple times, at least them and they are one of the toughest parts of his job. chatter and the officer’s rock music playing in the car. once with drugs. The officer rolls down my window. The homeless 12:30 The officer assists on a traffic stop at Second Street and West Dean Avenue. In a military town, prostitution can be a business, he said. He understands that prostitutes are part 10:21 We arrive at the jail. I wait inside until the officer takes the suspect out of man tells us about a teenage burglar down the street. The officer asks I wait in the car. A child, a woman and another man get out of the him about other characters in the of the town, but that doesn’t keep vehicle. The driver gets handcuffed the car. He tells me I can follow him neighborhood. The man tells us him from arresting them. and put into the other officer’s into the jail. I follow them down a about a “Juju” and a “Fabien.” He grew up in Killeen. He chose to cruiser. Everybody disperses. The cramped hallway The officer waves . The man walks away down the be an officer after working in retail officer returns to the car and tells me a metal detector over the suspect street carrying a bag in his hand. and constantly seeing people steal the driver had a suspended license. outside the jail. He puts him into the Another officer passes and tells us 12:48 from him, but not being able to do jail and the suspect sits on a bench, that he did not see anything where The officer resumes anything. “Yes ... because I haven’t The streets he is tasked with waiting to be booked. The officer tells me to wait a minute while he fills out the man said the teen burglar was patrol and spots an located. apartment on Gilmer Street that has got robbed or killed yet, protecting are the streets he calls the paperwork to get him booked. its door open and lights on. Several but I heard someone got mugged at a club.” home. “You kind of take it personal if 10:38 We get back in the car and drive onto 11:48 We’re riding around downtown Killeen again by Rancier Avenue. The officer people have been arrested at this address, the officer said. The woman a store in your area gets robbed,” tells the officer she had her door open he said. The officer patrols, waiting Avenue C. stops a car when it straddles two because she has no air conditioning. Lee Jackson for the dispatch in Belton to show We arrive at the scene of a violent lanes while making a wide-right turn “From Gilmer to 10th Street, calls-for-service. domestic dispute in the 1500 block of onto W Young Drive. .S. there’s still just a lot of people that I don’t have to wait much longer Metropolitan Drive. The officer tells He runs the vehicle and driver walk around. The transients, drug for our first call. An officer requests me to wait in the cruiser. He talks history I wait in the car. The driver’s . addicts, prostitutes. They have to backup in executing an arrest to the figures. I watch as he walks record comes back clean. He lets the stay somewhere and unfortunately warrant just north of Rancier to the front door and talks to more person off with a verbal warning. they stay on the city streets,” the Avenue. people involved. A few moments This officer has earned a officer said. We pull up behind the officer with later, several people drive away The . reputation for being “aggressive” He resumes patrol and will the warrant. He has handcuffed a situation is resolved. and a “traffic Nazi” among his fellow continue until his shift ends at 7 a.m. short man. The officer tells me to stay Another officer passes by and tells officers. It’s time for me to go. He apologizes in the car. I watch from the passenger him this isn’t the first time they have “I like to get narcotics, get those that I did not get to see more. He said seat as they escort the man into the been to the residence and it probably off the street, and guns,” he said. “I some nights are busy . vehicle. The arrest is made. won’t be the last. like to get into the action ... I’m just This was just four hours on a trying to clean up the streets.” 9:40 He resumes patrol, making a lap around 10:55 “I need to go fill up,” the officer tells me. We ride across town and He wants to clean up his hometown. . Thursday His night is only halfway done. The officer has four more hours of patrol to go and then reports his downtown patrol area, getting a feel for the evening and seeing if any fill up at the police that follow afterward. of the regular streetwalkers are out barn off Little Read more at www. tonight. Nolan Road. “I’m not afraid of “You get to know the regular people that you stop out on,” he said. anything.” “You have to know where you are in the city.” Gary Despres A few moments later, the dispatch goes from zero calls “I feel safe because holding to nine calls. I’m ready for some it’s a lot of older excitement. people living in the neighborhood 9:51 The officer (I live in).” responds Samantha Nixon to a call about people doing “Done been broke into drugs at once a period ago, I the corner of Terrace just don’t feel that safe.” and W .S. Young drives. henry McGee
  • 7. Killeen Daily Herald • www�kdhnews�com/crime EyEs on CrimE Sunday, June 8, 2008 7 DAILY HERALD REPORTER MASON CANALES ON PATROL Do you Riding shotgun in Harker Heights feel safe in Killeen? he says, getting out of the car. a string of car burglaries,” Wallace scene a couple of minutes into the Wallace and a female says, looking at several cars in private inventory and drags the car away Residents share their views officer search driveways. “I take it personally , when they finish. We wait for the the area. because it’s my city.” second woman to get a ride before on crime in the city. They There is really no set schedule for we climb back into the squad car and can’t patrols, Wallace says. The Harker pull off Veterans. find Heights patrolling officers just the travel throughout the city day and night. 12:00 a.m. The dispatch address Thursday, May 15 number, I hear over 11:10 We are back on Veterans Memorial calls in a noise complaint at an apartment. Wallace the radio. They call Boulevard and a car passes announces we are on 9:00 p.m. I am sitting in the police department waiting for the night shift officers to their dispatcher and ask for a call back. Wallace climbs back into the car. us with one headlight shining. Wallace turns our way We arrive . at the complex and a around and starts his lights. backup officer pulls in finish their briefing. I sign a waiver “That is half our problem, believe The traffic stop goes without right behind us. and Officer Jack Wallace — he is my it or not,” Wallace said. “People incident, but Wallace I stand around ride — is showing me a slide show don’t know their own addresses. ... checks for warrants; the By Mason canales the corner while the of facts about Harker Heights crime Sometimes it’s just the difference of woman’s name comes back officers knock on the and the department’s organization. east and west.” clean. door. The giggles and 9:54 In this slide show of digital pictures, Wallace pulls into a A second officer rolls into the laughter behind the door stop. It is a he points out the most important driveway in the 100 block parking lot where the traffic stop few moments before I can hear the “I don’t feel scared or things to him. of East Bobwhite. Two females sit on took place. With windows down, officers talking to the residents. anything like that. ... I “This button on the radio is the the back of a truck as he exits the car. Wallace speaks to the second Wallace explains that there is a officer down button,” Wallace says. He walks up to them and starts talking officer. Another vehicle flies down noise complaint, and they should do the normal things, “If for some reason, I get shot, you’re as a second officer arrives. Veterans Memorial Boulevard just quiet down. like lock my doors ... but to hold it down for three seconds and just start talking. You should Wallace looks at one of the two girls’ arms. The second officer with one headlight. Wallace tells the other officer she can have that “We will be back tonight,” Wallace says as we enter his vehicle and I don’t feel like it’s a big hear sirens from everywhere,” he converses, then goes to the door of stop, and she takes off after them. drive off. city yet.” reassures me. a trailer. She knocks and two other We leave the parking lot attempting 9:40 He tells me how to remove the shotgun in people come outside. Two more people, parents of one of the females, to catch a third vehicle with no headlights. 12:30-1:15 After lunch, we pull out of the Lunch- time. Latisha rosemond arrive at the scene. After a couple of 11:24 the trunk, in case he needs it. He We are at the end of parking lot where we ate. Wallace shows me the shotgun in the car, minutes, Wallace comes back to the Veterans Memorial spots a man walking with a bag and its rubber ammunition. I was car. Boulevard and Wallace turns off the toward the business. He stops and literally sitting shotgun, with the “What we have here is a teenage street to go behind some apartments. asks the man if everything is OK. rifle impeding some access to my break-up that went bad, feelings got The radio blares that the second The man says that his car broke seatbelt. hurt,” Wallace said. “So we are going vehicle had a driver with a warrant down and he is trying to get home. Wallace works the same days and to be issuing a criminal trespassing, and the officer needs backup. Wallace looks the man over and times every week, something he sees and we will be out of here.” Wallace swings the car around. takes his identification. He does a 10:15 as a benefit, he says as we roll out on We drive through When we get there, I am told light pat down and a quick search of the Harker Heights pavement. the neighborhoods to wait in the car. I watch as they his bag, and we drive the man home “I see the same people and between Veterans Memorial shuffle one woman into the back of the same faces,” Wallace says, to Killeen. Boulevard and Farm-to-Market 2410. the second officer’s car. On our way to Killeen, the radio explaining his work night across two “This is my preference. For me, districts in Harker Heights. “I know which tables people are at and when the city is small enough so I always have backup,” Wallace says about 11:34 Wallace places a second woman in the back of our car and says crackles with a noise complaint at an apartment. Wallace says, “I told you so,” and we drop the man in Killeen. they get there,” he adds, explaining being an officer in Harker Heights. to turn on the radio for her. I do. that he works along Business 190. 10:55 He asks if I want to watch the 1:25 Wallace takes me back “I originate from 9:45 We are heading to a The car slips down inventory of the offender’s vehicle to my car at the Harker civil standby Wallace . Heights police station. As I open the pulls the car across from a trailer some more residential streets in for impounding. door, a back-up request comes over Virginia. Being from Harker Heights. I watch as we drive Wallace writes down items as the park in the 100 block of West by dark houses on a night-fallen second officer calls them out with the radio. I thank him just before he there, I have seen a little speeds out of the parking lot. Bobwhite. roadway . their location in the vehicle. Read more at bit of everything.” “Stay here until we know it's safe,” “I take it personally when there is The tow truck arrives on the roger McCullen DAILY HERALD REPORTER JOSHuA WINATA ON PATROL Cruising the streets of Copperas Cove Thursday, May 22 I ask Rodriguez for the details and turns off its lights on the beer theft. He tells me that when he spots the cop 9:00 p.m. I arrive at the Copperas Cove Police Department and enter the the clerk called while a couple of citizens followed Deroy who, escaped on foot, in their car. That’s car. Rodriguez tells me something administrative building, where I a good thing, since Deroy lived is up. inform dispatch that I will close by and could have easily We be riding along with the ducked into his house and drive Copperas Cove police disappeared. down tonight. They tell me I ask Rodriguez if it’s a little advisable for citizens further, to take a seat as they page Sgt. Martin to follow suspects. He turn on “You can catch somebody Zeller and let him tells me that it often to a side driving by and they look helps the police find know of my arrival. perpetrators who street, then turn off our yelled and threatened to throw out all suspicious.” 9:30 I am finally buzzed in by the otherwise would have gotten away and that it headlights and wait to see what the suspicious car will do. When we his stuff and blocked the door when he tried to exit. That was when the man Vivian Odie is OK, but only if it can be peek around the corner again, the dispatch and walk around done safely . vehicle has pulled out and is going reportedly forcibly moved the to the booking area, We see a car driving the opposite direction. woman aside and punched the wall where I am greeted By Joshua Winata down U.S. Highway 190 We follow the car, which is next to her head, prompting her to by Officer Jeffery with its headlights off. still creeping along at 10 miles call the police. Rodriguez. Rodriguez turns on his per hour, until it turns left on Rodriguez asks if the woman He apologizes for the wait but lights and pulls the vehicle over in Avenue B and takes off. I ask if it’s wants to press charges, but she explains that he was busy booking the 1900 block. I stay in the car as permissible to pull the car over, doesn’t. Then Rodriguez switches to a man into the holding cells when I he approaches the driver and asks but Rodriguez said he does not the role of counselor and tells them arrived. Just 10 minutes before I got for license and insurance. He walks have enough probable cause to do that the man was doing the right into the police station, Rodriguez to the back of the car to check so since the driver hasn’t broken thing in trying to leave instead of arrested Jeremy Deroy for the theft of for any warrants and to run the any laws. escalating the situation. beer from a local convenience store. license plate. Everything comes up 9:35 We head out to the parking lot, where clean, so he lets the driver go with a warning. 10:26 We arrive back at the station and head 10:55 We arrive back at the police station, where Rodriguez parks his car and to the squad room where Rodriguez Rodriguez has parked his Ford Interceptor. He pulls an 18-pack of Miller Lite from the front seat and 9:57 We’re back on the road, and we get a call about two cars playing “cat and mouse.” begins typing up his arrest report. Unlike neighboring departments, locks the door. We head to the squad room, where Rodriguez signs out carries it to the squad room, where Rodriguez explains that it’s two cars Cove police do not have an in-car system to write up arrests and do not and I get introduced to Officer Lou Beshansky who will be taking me on , “In general yes, but he pulls out a camera and takes with their lights off playing hide and have dedicated time set aside during the late night shift. the police department some photographs of the evidence. go seek in some residential area. their shift to log their reports, so is understaffed A couple of minutes later, Sgt. Zeller enters the squad room and We get to the neighborhood around Veterans Avenue and 25th Street, but they usually just cram it in at the end of the night. 11:00 I head out to the parking lot with Officer Beshansky As he is in the . to handle all the apologizes for making me wait. by the time we arrive, the “cat and activities in the town.” Apparently there is some action in Copperas Cove tonight that is mouse” players are gone. As we drive down Veterans 10:35 Rodriguez’s work is cut short when dispatch reports a domestic violence midst of unlocking the car door and clearing out the front seat, he gets a call on his headset. He Jeffrey Gorman keeping the cops busy: a man has Avenue, a car in front of us exhibits call on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive tells me to go into the station as been screaming and threatening strange behavior by slowing down at the Copper Commons apartment he jumps in the car, and before I people with his guns, prompting and starting and stopping suddenly . complex. Rodriguez and I jump in realize what’s going on, he has left “We’re staying in a bad police intervention. Rodriguez calls in the license plate, the car and take off. the station. neighborhood.” but nothing interesting comes up. 9:40 Rodriguez and I hop When we arrive, we see a man I later learn that he and several into his police car The vehicle allows us to pass then and a woman sitting on the curb. others were responding to an Sandy holmes turns the corner. We circle around Rodriguez talks to the man first, aggravated robbery at the Texaco and roll out as he adjusts the air to see where it went, but the car who explains his side of the story , in the 2400 block of U.S. Highway conditioning and radio. He has and then the officer moves on to the seems to have vanished. 190. The investigation revealed that been with the Copperas Cove Police woman to get her perspective. a white male, armed with a small, “I ain’t worried about Department for three years now. We arrive at the Valero gas station in the 1100 block of South Farm-to- 10:08 We find the suspicious vehicle again, which suddenly pulls off the The woman, who is pregnant, suspected her boyfriend of cheating silver-colored handgun, entered the store and demanded money from nobody.” and wanted to confront him. The the cashier. Market 116 to drop off the stolen beer. side of the residential street, parks man wanted to leave, but the woman Read more at Derrick Smith
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Sunday, June 8, 2008 EyEs on CrimE www�kdhnews�com/crime • Killeen Daily Herald Man’s best Get involved friend is a There are a number of ways that Killeen residents can burglar’s help protect their community� Some are as simple as getting involved or knowing about the worst enemy many programs the Killeen Police Department offers� W hat may seem like a canned joke in a high- dollar action film may actually Crime Stoppers The community program be good advice. is operated by residents and Nicholas Cage’s character involves the public, the media and in the sequel to “National area law enforcement agencies in Treasure” tells a partner that an effort to fight crime� he was impressed that the It is composed of a civilian partner cracked a high-tech board of directors and a alarm system in 25 seconds. designated Killeen Police The partner responds, “That’s Department employee to serve as the program coordinator and why I tell people to get a dog.” liaison� He offers good advice for Through the Crime Stoppers Killeen residents. program, residents who have Man’s best friend is a knowledge of specific criminal burglar’s worst enemy Killeen , incidents are encouraged to Police Department Sgt. Pat give that information to police� Herald/DAVID MOrrIS Turck said. Turck leads the The program also offers unit charged with reducing Guns come in a variety of colors. quot;Soldiers are buying pink guns for their wives so they feel protected when they rewards to those who supply Killeen’s state-leading deploy,quot; said Dave Cheadle, manager of Guns Galore in Killeen. information that leads to a burglary rate. conviction� “The number one tool that The Crime Stoppers phone someone can use to prevent a burglary in their residence is a dog,” Turck said. “Burglars military influence drives gun sales number is (254) 536-TIPS� Neighborhood Watch are opportunists. They want to get in that door quickly steal , Neighborhood Watch allows what they can get away with By Mason W. Canales neighbors to get to know each easily and get away A dog is . Killeen Daily Herald other and work together in a program of mutual assistance� nothing but an obstacle or a The number of Bell County residents applying Residents are trained to barrier to them accomplishing for gun licenses increased in 2007, but that does not recognize and report suspicious their goals.” mean more guns were purchased. activity in their neighborhoods� Turck said that in three The number of gun licenses issued in Bell County They also learn crime prevention years with KPD’s property increased by 300 from 2006 to 2007. strategies such as home crimes division, where he There were 910 gun licenses issued in Bell County security and personal security� has reviewed thousands of in 2006, and 1,210 gun licenses were issued in Bell burglary reports, he knows of no incident where a victim had County during 2007, according to information from Business Watch the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Concealed a large dog. This is a crime prevention Handgun Licensing Bureau. The loud barking and the and personal safety program for An increase in licenses issued does not mean businesses and employees� fear of getting bit are two gun sales will increase; it just introduces a greater Herald/DAVID MOrrIS strong deterrents, Turck said. Business Watch focuses number of people into the market who can legally on various crime prevention buy guns. Dave Cheadle looks through the inventory at Guns Galore in Killeen. strategies through education Home Safety Checklist At the beginning of last year, Guns Galore in and informative presentations� 1� Lock all doors and windows, Killeen celebrated record-breaking sales seven The program is intended including garage doors, before months in a row, said store clerk Fred Brannan. These people come to purchase guns for a num- to educate merchants and leaving or sleeping� A gun store in Copperas Cove, TJ Sports, opened ber of reasons. Some are enthusiasts and others are employees on crime prevention 2� Turn out all lights before last year, said Gean Tran, the store’s manager and seeking to protect themselves. strategies� leaving� owner. Brannan has heard his share of stories from peo- 3� Turn on a TV or radio to Gun sales are currently not as high as in previ- ple who have been victimized, he said. National Night Out give the impression the home is ous months, but they are staying steady, said Bran- It is always shocking to him how many of these occupied� nan, who has been working at the store since last people’s stories never make it to the media, he This nationwide crime 4� Receive a home inspection December. said. prevention program is from KPD with recommendations “Gun sales here tie heavily to the military,” Bran- TJ Sports and Guns Galore seek to help those peo- celebrated the first Tuesday in for securing your home� nan said. ple by trying to determine what means of protection August each year� 5� Don’t leave “secret” keys From 7 to 10 p�m�, residents When soldiers come home from deployment, they would be good for them, each said. anywhere outside, even under rugs� in neighborhoods throughout are likely to come back and purchase a gun for a “(A gun) is not something that is a toy for you to 6� Keep a record of all Killeen and across the nation number of reasons, Brannan said. They have been go and play with,” Tran said. “You have to know the possessions including serial are asked to lock their doors, saving money, and some of them are just reaching safety and the rules. Once you have a gun, there is a turn on their outside lights and numbers, item descriptions, the age to purchase a gun, he added. big responsibility .” purchase dates and original spend the evening outside with “You always have some soldiers getting paid and Guns Galore offers Mace and stun guns for people neighbors and police� value amounts� Keep a list in a coming in to buy weapons,” Brannan said. who have been victimized but are not comfortable safe place outside the home and The NNO program helps First-time gun owners are customers at TJ Sports with guns, Brannan said. build neighborhood unity and with an insurance agent� and Guns Galore, too. TJ Sports does as well, Tran said. 7� Photograph valuable items strengthen police community “We do get a lot of first-time firers, people (who) “What are you comfortable with — sometimes peo- partnerships� with a digital camera� have never actually fired a gun for any amount of ple are OK with a shotgun, sometimes Mace,” Bran- 8� Make your home address time before,” Brannan said. nan said. “There are all kinds of people.” visible in case police receive a Kiddo Card report of crime or emergencies� Identification Program be proactive: Take a self-defense class 9� Have a peephole so you can see outside before you open the This program creates an door� identification card made solely 10� Install thick outside doors for the purpose of identifying that have solid cores or are made a child� The card is designed of metal� By Mason W. Canales to be carried by the parent or 11� Use double-sided locks Killeen Daily Herald guardian in their wallet� with two keyholes for doors near Every day children are windows where a criminal could Area self-defense classes offer abducted across our nation� As break the glass and open the door� a chance for residents to not only Students in an parents or guardians, people 12� Have secondary locks on learn how to protect themselves, but American ninjutsu sometimes forget the vital doors and windows, such as also avoid dangerous situations and class learn information that law enforcement pins and screws� help others. different martial needs to start a report� The 13� Place a key-operated lock “It is all focused on personal pro- arts to defend Kiddo Card has all the required on garage doors� tection for adults and kids,” Steve themselves if information law enforcement 14� Cut shrubbery so burglars attacked. needs to start the search� Miles, Killeen Parks and Recreation can’t hide� American ninjutsu instructor, said 15� Have bright lights to about his classes. Child Fingerprinting discourage burglars and so Grand master James McMurry , neighbors will see the crime if Fingerprints are obtained Harker Heights Parks and Recre- and presented to the parent or one happens� ation hapkido instructor, echoed For more information on guardian of the printed child for Miles’ words and added that his safekeeping� The parents are protecting yourself and your class not only teaches people how to Courtesy photo instructed to keep the prints, home, call KPD Crime defend themselves, but also how to a current photograph and a Prevention Coordinator Tammy Moseley at 501-8805� come to the aid of other people. McMurry’s hapkido includes sim- Heights residents a year, a number detailed physical description of The classes are good for children ilar situations, he said. that was at about 40 in 1995. the child on file should the child because it teaches them how to get McMurry has been teaching in Miles has been teaching in Killeen become lost or missing� Five Most Stolen Items out of situations, McMurry said. Harker Heights since 1995 and on for a year, and the classes consis- Video games and systems It teaches women how to use ob- Fort Hood since the 1980s. tently have about eight younger chil- Citizens Police Televisions jects around them to better protect He trains about 100 Harker dren, six older children and seven or Jewelry themselves, McMurry said. Com- eight adults. Academy Alumni Guns mon instruments include a brief- Harker Heights holds hapkido Association Cash case, car door or spatula. Heights hapkido classes class at the Parks and Recreation This group is composed of For everyone, the classes teach a 8 to 9 p�m� Tuesday and Thursday Center at 307 Miller's Crossing from 8 graduates of the department’s Security Surveys basic theory the three A , ’s. Parks and Recreation Center to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. citizens police academy� “Aware, avoid and action,” are the Killeen holds three classes for dif- These residents have The Killeen crime prevention 307 Miller's Crossing three A’s, McMurry said. “If you ferent ages between 5:30 and 9:30 expressed a desire to stay coordinator performs home and keep those three in mind you can p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the involved with the department business security surveys� keep yourself safe. Make yourself Killeen American ninjutsu Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. after their graduation from the These surveys are made at aware of situations, learn to avoid Veterans Memorial Blvd. 10 years old and younger CPA� the request of a homeowner dangerous ones, and when neces- 5:30 to 6:30 p�m� Registration for both classes takes The association’s goals are or businessman and involves sary take the appropriate action.” Tuesday and Thursday place with the parks and recreation to support the department’s the inspection of premises and Miles’ scenario-based class 11 years old and older departments in the two cities. efforts to effectively police the its compliance with the state’s teaches the same principles and will 6:45 to 7:45 p�m� “When you come to a class with community� mandated security requirements� Successful completion of this increase your awareness, he said. Tuesday and Thursday us, we teach you something that you “Primarily it just keeps you in bet- , can walk away with and can use to For information on any of inspection can qualify the owner Adults these programs, call Tammy for a 5-to-20-percent reduction ter awareness of dangerous situa- 8 to 9:30 p�m� protect yourself,” Miles said. “Noth- tions,” Miles said. ing we do is for show.” Moseley, Killeen Police in property insurance� Tuesday and Thursday Department crime prevention Miles’ class also incorporates Source: Killeen weapons with its focus on standing Killeen Community Center Contact Mason W. Canales at coordinator, at (254) 501-8805� Police Department striking, ground fighting and take- 2201 E� Veterans Memorial Blvd� or (254) downs, he said. 501-7554.