If approved, grant funding could aid the Killeen Police Department in stepping up its patrols and increasing the number of DWI checkpoints conducted throughout the city.
Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said the department has applied for, and received, funds in previous years from the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct “selective traffic enforcement activities” in an overtime capacity.
The department was recently authorized to receive the grant for the current year to participate in the speed enforcement and impaired-driver mobilization programs.
If the Killeen City Council authorizes the department to accept the grant, the city is obligated to match the funds in the amount of $51,043 and TxDOT will put in $81,600 for a total award of $132,643.
Baldwin said funds will be used to pay officers’ salaries in an overtime capacity and for vehicle mileage to work speed enforcement on designated portions of U.S. Highway 190, Central Texas Expressway, Elms Road, W.S. Young Drive, Clear Creek Road and Trimmier Road. Baldwin said speed patrols will be done on a regular basis, but additional DWI checkpoints will be concentrated around major holidays.
If the grant is accepted, about $40,000 in matching funds will be required to pay salary costs and fringe benefits not covered by the grant and approximately $11,000 will be required to pay mileage costs for vehicle operations.
The council will vote on the grant at its Tuesday meeting.