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.
The Kennedale Police Department (KPD) recently participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Drug Take Back — 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 just over 30 pounds of unused or expired medication, and the DEA Dallas Field Division (North Texas and Oklahoma) collected more than 46,000 pounds in total. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019.
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.