On Jan. 1, 2018, the city of Killeen was turning the page on its deadliest 12 months in 26 years as violent crime continued a troubling upward trend.

With 18 criminal homicides and a violent crime rate nearly double the national average in 2017, crime was the main target for residents and civic leaders. City council members held routine crime meetings and residents flocked to the Killeen Police Department’s biennial crime forums to voice their frustrations.

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