Keller force to continue policing Westlake

Posted Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Keller police will continue providing services the town of Westlake for another five years.

On Sept. 3, the City Council authorized the renewal for the contract from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. There are no significant changes in the terms of the agreement, which has a total contract price of $825,745.

Keller Police Department has been providing police services to Westlake since 2002.

“Westlake has a choice in police departments and they’ve chosen to stick with us,” said Mark Hafner, director of public safety/chief of police, during a council work session. “It’s been an excellent agreement for both cities.”

Hafner said Westlake receives services of an 85-person, nationally accredited police agency that handles police, dispatch, detention and animal services.

Keller receives funding for eight employees, including equipment and capital costs which provide patrol coverage in north Keller.

“It’s been a real delight to police Westlake,” Hafner said. “Our officers enjoy it and the public has gotten to know the Keller Police Department.”

Amanda DeGan, assistant town manager for Westlake, said the situation is a win-win.

“Residents have come to recognize that the city of Keller staff and force is for the community of Westlake, especially in the latest rounds of break-ins,” DeGan said.

In March, Keller police arrested a 34-year-old man accused in the Westlake burglaries, which occurred in July and November of last year.

Police had linked the man to stolen property found during the search of a Houston home where they found jewelry and other items taken from homes in Westlake's gated communities of Vaquero and Glenwyck Farms, as well as pieces connected to burglary cases in Flower Mound, Memorial City, Harris County and Las Vegas.

“The police department responded beyond what we expected, solved all of those break-ins for us and brought a measure of peace and tranquility back,” she said. “That’s what the majority of people are looking for ... some measure of safety.”

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