UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
KILLEEN -- Violent crimes in Killeen are up since last year. Police say crime went up nearly two percent in 2010.
That breaks down to 242 more violent crimes in Killeen, making the final total nearly 776.
That's one violent crime every day and a half.
Police say they faced some challenges last year with the increase in population.
Also, they believe stressors in the community, like the economy, can contribute to the uptick.
“Unfortunately, some of these challenges remain in 2011, but we are making progress,” said Police Chief Dennis Baldwin. “Killeen’s economy has begun to recover, all authorized police officer positions have been, or are in the process of, being refunded, and there are 24 police cadets scheduled to complete the Basic Police Officer Course (BPOC) in June of 2011. Moreover, the next BPOC is scheduled to begin in June of 2011, which is when the police department will fill the remaining police officer vacancies.”
Later this year, the Department of Public Safety will release crime data for Texas cities with populations over 100,000. The release of this data will allow a city-by-city comparison.