The Kilgore Police Department has created a Unit comprised of willing and suitable KPD officers that can be utilized for special events, low to medium risk warrant service, surveillance details or any other occasions that require more than a normal patrol response. The Unit is comprised of Kilgore Police Officers that exhibit proactive and tactically-sound law enforcement ability. Currently there are six officers assigned to this Unit with plans to add an additional officer in the future.
Current S.T.A.R. Unit members are Team Leader Cpl. Josh Sims, Det. Steve Goodson, Det. Andre Phillips, Officer Jason Romine, Officer Josh Vercher, Officer Justin Murphy, and Officer Pedro Adame. The Unit is under the command of Operations Lieutenant Trae Portwood.