KPD Mask and Glove Utilization in Response to COVID-19
Effective Monday, April 27, all Kennedale Police Officers and employees interacting with the public will wear masks, goggles, and protective gloves. We understand that this may look or feel a bit strange, but we are dedicated to doing what is necessary to protect the health and safety of everyone.
- The major change for our employees is that they will be wearing a mask, goggles, and gloves on public contacts, including inside the police building.
- We have sectioned off an area in front of the police lobby service window to allow for the 6-foot social distancing. Civilian employees will also be wearing the protective gear at the window
- We are continuing with screening calls through dispatch in order to encourage telephone reporting of non-violent crimes that do not require an officer on scene. We are encouraging the public to make these telephone reports as much as possible to prevent any exposure to COVID-19.
- If an officer is required to respond to a residence or business, they will ask to take the report outside of the structure. This will prevent any unnecessary exposure of the employee and the reporting person.
- Our officers are being instructed to follow CDC guidelines such as frequent hand washing and social distancing as well as having their temperatures taken at the beginning of each shift.
- Our vehicles are being cleaned multiple times each day with disinfecting wipes. We are also using a disinfecting mister on the vehicle at least once per week to get the hard to reach places in the passenger compartments. • We have protocols in place to assist employees in dealing with the issue of what to do if an employee reports for work, or develops during their shift, a fever, or other symptoms.
October 26, 2019 National Drug Take Back Report
KPD recently participated in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day — a program that aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Kennedale officers collected 45 pounds of unused or expired medication, and the DEA Dallas Field Division (North Texas and Oklahoma) collected more than 37,000 pounds in total. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020.
The Kennedale Police Department, an officially Recognized Department by the Texas Police Chiefs Association, is committed to providing for the safety of our residents in all law enforcement capacities. Crime prevention and the well-being of residents are our top priorities. We are dedicated to creating a high quality of life for all citizens, business owners, and visitors; and strive for service delivery that meets or exceeds the criteria of our mission statement and core values.
Mansfield/Kennedale Emergency Communications Center
In 2013 Kennedale and Mansfield combined resources to create south Tarrant County's first regional dispatch center.
The Mansfield/Kennedale Emergency Communications Center is staffed with six radio dispatch stations with capability for future expansion. While staffing numbers vary according to shifts, there is always an adequate number of personnel on duty to handle major events as well handle other traffic and to provide relief to other employees.
Contact numbers for dispatch remain the same. For all emergencies, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls, or to have and officer contact you to answer a question, call 817-478-5416. Please do not call the 817-985-2160 number for an officer to respond to a problem. That number, and the attached phone tree, is for administrative calls only.
Another advantage of this merger was to allow Kennedale to cease operations of its jail facility. The city now utilizes Mansfield's jail, which has a full-time staff of jailers, city marshals, and medical personnel, and a full-time bond desk. Prisoners are monitored constantly and have access to resources that the Kennedale jail was too small to provide.
In addition, It took on average one hour or more to process an arrest when Kennedale operated its own jail, which did not have a jail staff. All arrest paperwork duties were handled by the arresting officer. At the Mansfield facility – with its full-time staff – it takes less than half that, which means more time on patrol for Kennedale officers and better protection for our citizens.