Herald/PHILIP JANKOWSKI - Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin addresses attendees of Thursday’s lunch after receiving an award from the Dallas chapter of the National Unification Advisory Council, while Chairman Odes H. Kim listens. -

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

Members of Killeen's Korean community expressed their gratitude toward the Killeen Police Department Thursday in a way that is universal across all cultures: food.

Representatives from the National Unification Advisory Council fed dozens of officers at Killeen police headquarters. The organization visited Killeen to show their support for the police department, but also to illustrate what the council is working toward.

The organization is dedicated toward ending the division between North and South Korea that has existed since the end of the Korean War. Council members help develop policies designed to lay the groundwork toward a peaceful unification of the two countries.

A council representative, Brian Park, outlined the stark differences between the two countries since they divided.

While South Korea has become an economic force, North Koreans have struggled with a military dictatorship placing militarization above its people.

"They keep making nuclear weapons even though their people are dying from starvation," said Park.

The council's immediate goals for North Korea are demilitarization, pushing the country away from being a "rogue state" and eventually raising citizens' incomes.

Lisa Humphreys, president of Killeen Sister Cities Inc., said the Korean community and police department have a long standing history of cooperation.

Representatives of the community presented awards to Police Chief Dennis Baldwin and other high-ranking officers at the department.

"Killeen police and the Korean community support each other," said Humphreys.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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