The Killeen City Council will discuss accepting a grant to outfit Killeen police officers with rifle-resistant body armor at its special workshop session today.
The city of Killeen applied and was approved for a newly-minted body armor grant program approved by the Texas Legislature following the ambush-style killing of five police officers during a protest in downtown Dallas in July 2016.
According to an email from KPD Cmdr. Alex Gearhart to Killeen City Manager Ron Olson on Aug. 4, the department has noted an increase in violent crime involving rifles in Killeen.
“Current armor leaves a gap in the protection we are providing to our officers who must respond to these threats,” Gearhart wrote.
The grant will provide $127,350 in body armor plating and plate carriers with no local match.
The equipment has a five-year warranty and replacement period with the state before the grant expires.
The city estimated the cost to replace the armor plates alone at the end of the program will be $81,675.
The city said it would seek to budget funds for replacements or pursue other grant opportunities.
At a regular meeting preceding the workshop, the council will vote on a measure amending the city’s transportation ordinance governing ground transportation franchises and operating authorities.
The council reached a consensus at its workshop last week to scale back the city’s taxi and limo regulations to match recently approved state rules governing ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft.
Deputy City Attorney Traci Briggs presented a severely stripped-down draft ordinance to the council for transportation franchises and operating authorities that end requirements for city inspections, add two years to franchise agreement lengths and bring driver background checks in line with state rules.
The council’s meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 101 N. College St.
The special workshop will immediately follow the meeting at the Utilities Collection Building, 210 W. Avenue C.
Today, the council will also:
- Vote on a resolution refinancing up to $40,115,000 in outstanding obligation bonds to save the city at least $2.2 million over the life of the bonds, according to a memorandum. The maximum maturity date is Aug. 1, 2036, and there will be no extension in the term or size of the debt, the memo said.