The recent increase in SWAT raids in the past month was the result of a special task force initiative by the Killeen Police Department.

Police Chief Charles “Chuck” Kimble organized the task force, which was made up of about 30 police officers who were already a part of the department’s criminal investigations division.

That news came out at a meet-and-greet with Kimble at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on Monday night.

The event was sponsored by the Killeen Police Department’s Law Enforcement Assistance Fund, and about 25 residents were on hand to ask questions.

“We went and got some very violent people off of the street over the last 30 days,” Kimble said.

The effort lasted about 30 days, and required the members of the task force to work nearly seven days a week while it was going on. Kimble said it will be difficult to keep up that pace, because the officers involved will have to return to normal duties.

The increased number of raids suppressed the homicide rate in the city, which is trending upward.

When 27-year-old Killeen resident Curtis Shelley was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Sunday evening, he became the first homicide in Killeen in 45 days. Prior to that, there were four homicides in the same amount of time, beginning with the death of Brandi Jo Cadena, 28, on Aug. 19 and ending with Stephen M. Rowe, 39, on Sept. 28.

The task force initiative relied on the execution of search warrants and arrest warrants, according to police. Killeen police obtained seven search warrants from Killeen Municipal Judge Mark Kimball that allowed them to enter homes in October, according to documents obtained by the Herald in an open records request.

Additionally, Brandon Olivares, 25, was arrested after a brief standoff in the 900 block of York Avenue on Nov. 3, after police obtained a warrant for arrest. He was charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

The exact number of arrests made and search warrants executed will be released in the near future, according to Killeen police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez.

The meet-and-greet was the chief’s second of the day. His first was at 11:30 a.m., with a group of District 1 residents, as a part of Councilwoman Shirley Fleming’s monthly neighborhood watch meeting.

For the second time, he was asked about an Oct. 25 no-knock search warrant execution in which there was a 9-year-old in the home. Police arrested Ryan ONeal, 19, on a felony weapons theft charge, and found drugs in his room. Family members were concerned if things went wrong, the 9-year-old girl could have been harmed during the raid.

“We take the necessary steps to keep everybody safe, one of the first things I did when I got here was evaluate the SWAT team ... Make sure they’re doing everything to standards,” Kimble said. ”I found it acceptable. I’m glad no one was physically hurt in this situation, Though nobody was physically hurt, there may be some emotional scarring, but trust me, we don’t look to intentionally hurt anybody.”

Kimble addressed a number of other issues during his hourlong presentation to the public. Among the questions was what police are doing about area gang violence.

About three weeks ago, representatives from KPD met with officers from other departments nearby, including the Harker Heights police, Waco police, and Belton police, and exchanged intelligence on local gang members. A lot of good came from that meeting, he said, but they can’t happen all the time.

“It takes a lot of manpower,” he said. “I have 50 people not doing their job because they’re in that room in a meeting.”

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eyewatchingu

@carl1957 The only think Chuck the duck brings to our community, is shame. He is not a real cop. He was pretty much ran out of spring lake NC because he lacked the skills to be a Chief. To save face he applied and had the NAACP and the other Black hate groups he belongs to, to get him here.
He is a fraud, and a joke just like Phyllis Jones, Fleming and the rest of the leaders and supports of the Black supremacy Hate groups.
He makes false claims and then poses for pictures.
We do not want this in our city, we do not want any hate groups or any one that supports the Cop killers, The BLM and the NAACP are Cop Killers, they call for the killing of Cops and then they want us home owners to pay for a fraud.
I do not nor will I accept this man a cop. He is nothing more then a fake. Its time he moves on to another town and rob them.

Car1957

@ all of you:
You folks do realize that the city’s population is just over 128,000 people, don’t you? And a less than 10 of you feel the need to come on this website concealing your true identities claiming that somehow because the new chief is from somewhere else and mainly because he is black these make him less or unqualified for this position. You folks should stop it; your rants are irrelevant. Charles Kimble brings great value to this community. And no police chief is responsible for crime unless he is committing a crime; or he or she is poorly leading their department. These sought of negative indifferent attitudes that don’t welcome people who are just you are detrimental to community and civic pride. Chief Kimble is an excellent choice for the 128,00 residents of the city. I will defend this man when I see you all trying to disparage him in your echo chamber!

eyewatchingu

lmao, @Carl Your funny haha, he is not fit to serve as an officer proven fact. NC got rid of him because of his show boating and photo ops.
WE know what he is and we know that those foolish enough to stand behind him, do not have the whole of the community in mind. He will not be here long enough to even become licensed just like in spring lake Nc. BTW KDHnews, call spring lake DA, you will be happy you did.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@Car1957: Har, Har, Har, And I guess you still believe in that synthetic, organic compound th called Flubber, the one that will squeeze into every opening without leaving a trace. That's what this city manager has presented us with, something akin to a Flubber material.

What was it just today about another stabbing.

You know what should be done, and if you look at one of the commercials now being shown on TV, there is a commercial that plows through a huge maze. And that is teaching our young people to show respect for another person's property???? There is no respect for another person's property, and it goes on and on. Look at the theft that is rampant in this nation, the lack of regard for human life, and on and on.

@Car1957: It will take something more bold, like announcing a complete breakdown on lawbreakers and then boldly go where the former chief of police dared not venture. I say, 'do the possible and take our country back.

Copy: 'Excellent and insightful presentation Chief Kimble. We know you have some innovative ideas for the city to help make it safer. Thank you for your leadership!' End of copy.

I'll say it again; Har, Har, Har.


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Car1957

Excellent and insightful presentation Chief Kimble. We know you have some innovative ideas for the city to help make it safer. Thank you for your leadership!

Alvin

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Copy: “We went and got some very violent people off of the street over the last 30 days,” Kimble said.' End of copy.

I want to center on 'why this police department felt that the criminal whom they were trying to apprehend, that they felt that the use of explosives was the best and only way to exercise this option'.

How many did you remove from the streets that was not the result of a violent crime????'

Copy: 'Police Chief Charles “Chuck” Kimble organized the task force, which was made up of about 30 police officers who were already a part of the department’s criminal investigations division.'

Continuation of copy: 'The effort lasted about 30 days, and required the members of the task force to work nearly seven days a week while it was going on. Kimble said it will be difficult to keep up that pace, because the officers involved will have to return to normal duties.' End of copy.

Now let me get this straight; this effort was made up of officers who were already a part of this group, but they have to be released to return to their normal duties???? Somehow that does not compute. If they were already assigned to this group, why did you have to release them to return them to their normal duties????

Copy: 'The increased number of raids suppressed the homicide rate in the city, which is trending upward.' End of copy.

This is another point of bewilderment, How did the raids that suppressed the homicide rate that was trending upwards, prevent the stabbings, the homicides, the hit and runs and prevented this trend from increasing when it was already up in the first place???? A point of diminishing returns????

Copy: 'When 27-year-old Killeen resident Curtis Shelley was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Sunday evening, he became the first homicide in Killeen in 45 days. Prior to that, there were four homicides in the same amount of time, beginning with the death of Brandi Jo Cadena, 28, on Aug. 19 and ending with Stephen M. Rowe, 39, on Sept. 28.' End of copy.

By my count, that was only 2, Brandi Jo Cadena, 28, and Stephen M. Rowe, 39. What was the other two.

Copy: 'The task force initiative relied on the execution of search warrants and arrest warrants, according to police. Killeen police obtained seven search warrants from Killeen Municipal Judge Mark Kimball that allowed them to enter homes in October, according to documents obtained by the Herald in an open records request.' End of copy.

What about the police use of explosive force to gain entry into a home that had a small child sleeping within a few yards of the explosion. Now that is 2 such occurrences in which 'No Knock' entry has been used by the police department.

Question: Do you really think that the use of 'no knock' entry's to be the best way to reach a defendant, and I use the ward, defendant, because they have not been convicted yet. I agree with 'we need to remove any person that does not abide by the laws of the city, this county, this state, and this federal government, but I question the use of what would be deemed as 'excessive force'. Use the amount of force that is prudent for the nature of the crime that is or has been committed.

Copy: '“It takes a lot of manpower,” he said. “I have 50 people not doing their job because they’re in that room in a meeting.” End of copy.

By meeting with the various departments seeking common ground that would enhance the group, have you not heard of 'brain storming' the act of trying to come up with the best solution to a problem. That in my opinion is exactly the job that they should be doing and not 'pounding the pavement so to speak, but enhancing the way in which they can do a better job.

Copy: 'The exact number of arrests made and search warrants executed will be released in the near future, according to Killeen police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez.' End of copy.

Now I don't understand this. If a warrant is placed for the arrest of an individual, it should be released to public consumption, but the police department should make certain that 'they are correct in that arrest'.

Copy: 'Kimble addressed a number of other issues during his hourlong presentation to the public. Among the questions was what police are doing about area gang violence.' End of copy.

I did not hear the chief's answer to that question.

Copy: 'About three weeks ago, representatives from KPD met with officers from other departments nearby, including the Harker Heights police, Waco police, and Belton police, and exchanged intelligence on local gang members. A lot of good came from that meeting, he said, but they can’t happen all the time.'

Continuation of copy: “It takes a lot of manpower,” he said. “I have 50 people not doing their job because they’re in that room in a meeting.” End of copy.

By meeting with the various departments seeking common ground that would enhance the group, have you not heard of 'brain storming' the act of trying to come up with the best solution to a problem. That in my opinion is exactly the job that they should be doing and not 'pounding the pavement so to speak, but enhancing the way in which they can do a better job.

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eyewatchingu

@Alvin you head the nail on the head.
It seems that this unlicensed police chief has no clue what he is saying. Instead he has used words that were fed to him by the Fleming and the Black Supremacy group BLM/NAACP along with Phyllis Jones. See the truth is simple, he used the Key word suppress. This is the term that the NAACP toss out their when it comes to Gang crime. Just like Jones who claimed to be a Human trafficking officer, who was so fearful that the word would get out that Gangs are No1 in human trafficking in sex, aka Prostitution. You can only sell a drug once, you can sell a girl over and over. That is a quote from a top black gang member. Also human trafficking in No.1 when it comes to the types of human trafficking.
See when the NAACP/BLM take hold of a city the first thing they do is suppress the facts on crimes.
They do this by skirting the truth about Black gangs, drug trafficking and human trafficking. They usually have someone like Jones that will feed misleading info to the public and act like a gang enforcer, from terrorizing any one who chooses to talk out, by stalking them, and using others to try and provoke that person. She or he will also be in charge of talking to Judges that belong to the NAACP or other members to make sure they stay on board with the agenda. He or she will also be used to talk with gang members to get them to suppress crime in certain areas of town, until they get who or what they want in place.
This is an old game that has been used by both Black and white Hate groups.
You will see a up take in crime in a area, that the NAACP has their sight on, then a decrease in crime along with hiding the truth about gangs.
Once again this unlicensed Police Chief is here because of the Cop Killer whos trial is coming up.
He will allow the riots to happen when this POS cop killer gets what he deserves, and I sure hope its death.
He will hold our officers back when the BLM riots in our streets, burn, loot and use gang members to shut down white owned business and much more. We will end up be the East ST Louis of TX .
BTW as you pointed out, those are things these officers do daily.
Kimble was playing pretend land with his pretend uniform and pretend words.

We have a extremely high amount of Bloods and Gangster Disciples in this city, they both deal in trafficking of drugs, prostitution , they fund themselves with drug dealing, thief and the selling of high school age girls. They are deadly gangs that have been protected by the NAACP for years. The NAACP doesn't wan the truth out, because if it is they will loses profiting off of the poor, the ones they suppress and leave to live in slums.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

Pretend KILLeen Police Chief says "we're TRYING to suppress crime."
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This is the guy that isn't a certified TX peace officer, much less a certified TX police chief.
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I'm certain that EVERYONE who lives in KILLeen, passes through KILLeen, or shops in KILLeen TRIES to stay CRIME FREE. Frankly, most are trying to avoid being raped, robbed, or KILLed.
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Even more ironic, no one asked the pretend KILLeen chief of police, what EXACTLY does "trying to suppress crime" mean??????

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