By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen residents will be able to pose their questions and concerns directly to Killeen's police chief during a community forum Thursday.

In addition to Chief Dennis Baldwin, several division commanders, representatives from the Killeen Independent School District and local minority organizations will be on hand.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. in the community room of the Killeen Police Department headquarters, 3304 Community Blvd., in southern Killeen.

The forum has no specified end time. Officials will be on hand until all questions are answered, said Carroll Smith, a KPD spokeswoman.

"Everyone is very encouraged to attend," said Smith.

Baldwin will moderate the event. He will give a briefing at its outset, giving the most current available crime statistics, including the crime rate and number of each specific type of crime committed in Killeen this year.

Following his briefing, those attending will be allowed to ask questions.

Past briefings have focused on home burglaries; a crime that KPD has seen rise over the past year.

Recent numbers show that the number of home burglaries has risen more than 10 percent since last year. The department has averaged more than six home burglary calls a day since the beginning of the year, according to a KPD Unified Crime Report comparison from January through August.

KPD conducts two community forums a year.

Minority organizations taking part in Thursday's event include the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Multi-Ethnic Cultural & Arts Association, Smith said.

Look for coverage of the community forum in Friday's Killeen Daily Herald.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553.

If you go

What: Community forum

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Community room of the Killeen Police Department headquarters, 3304 Community Blvd.

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