KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) – The town of Killeen is considering establishing the Committee for Crime Solutions to examine the root causes of crime plaguing its communities.
The idea has been in the works for about a year, but even though the topic of crime is a big topic of discussion among residents, some are still somewhat wary of the effectiveness of a committee.
“If we are to form a committee to talk about how we take care of children, what is the committee going to do?” What are their actions? Asked Vantonio Fraley, director and founder of IMpossible Teen Center.
âOur goal is to make sure we engage organizations that help the community,â said Mellisa Brown, member of City Council in General. âAnd then involve the citizens. “
The group will specifically tackle teen crime.
âI am thinking of mediation. I think conflict resolution and mentoring are three very important ways that don’t cost us anything, but are important to our young people and can really help reduce the violent crime that we see, âsaid Brown.
This is the idea behind Vantonio Fraley’s youth program, Impossible.
âBe there for the teens to come. So now when you’re bored you don’t just walk around your neighborhood, âFraley said. âYou’re not just arguing with each other because now we have something you can participate in. “
The only problem he has is finding funds to support a program that can stay open. His organization is currently trying to crowdfund to get its own installation.
He added that the city’s support in an initiative similar to his would help bring the violence under control.
âIt might be a step in the right direction, but at the same time we have a bunch of committees,â Fraley said. We need action, we need change.
And with that change in mind, it’s now a matter of trying to find residents’ interest.
âFor anyone who has complained about the crime rate, or had any solutions or ideasâ¦ now is the time to stop talking about it and get in on the action,â Brown said.
Click here for a application to join the committee and specify âsolutions to the crimeâ.
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