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Area Police Stations

La Vega ISD Police Department
Kerry Blakemore(Chief of Police)
555 North Loop 340,
Waco, TX, 76705

Lacy-Lakeview Police Department
Dennis Stapleton(Chief of Police)
501 E Craven Ave,
Waco, TX, 76715

Northcrest Police Department
(Chief of Police)
613 N Lacy Dr,
Waco, TX, 76705

Waco* Police Department
Brent Stroman(Chief of Police)
721 N 4th St,
Waco, TX, 76701

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The city of Waco, also called "Heart of Texas" encompasses the following counties: McLennan. Waco's government type is Council-Manager. It is comprised of the City Manager, who is currently Larry D. Groth, P.E..

Waco encompasses land area: 84.2 sq mi (218.1 km2), water area: 11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)  11.85%. The elevation is 470 ft (143.3 m) above sea level. According to the 2010 United States Census, the local population is 124,805. This equates to a population density of 1,350/sq mi (521.5/km2). The local time zone is Central (UTC-6).

Zip codes in Waco include 76700-76799. Local area codes are 254. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 48-76000, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at The City of Waco, Texas.

Waco (/ˈweɪkoʊ/) is a city in and the county seat of McLennan County, Texas, United States. It is situated along the Brazos River and on the I-35 corridor, halfway between Dallas and Austin. The city had a 2010 population of 124,805, an increase of almost 10 percent since the 2000 census, making it the twenty-second most populous city in the state. The Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of just McLennan County, which had a 2010 population of 234,906.

Prior to the founding of Waco in 1849, a Wichita Native American group known as the 'Waco' (Spanish: Hueco or Huaco) lived on the land of present-day downtown Waco. In 1824 Thomas M. Duke explored the area and reported to Stephen F. Austin describing the village: 'This town is situated on the West Bank of the River. They have a spring almost as cold as ice itself. All we want is some Brandy and Sugar to have Ice Toddy. They have about 400 acres (1.6 km2) planted in corn, beans, pumpkins, and melons and that tended in good order. I think they cannot raise more than One Hundred Warriors.' After Austin aborted the first attempt to destroy their village in 1825, he made a treaty with them. The Waco eventually moved out of the region, settling north near present-day Fort Worth. In 1872 they joined other Wichita tribes on a reservation in Oklahoma. In 1902 the Waco received allotments of land and became official US citizens.

Neil McLennan settled in an area near the South Bosque River in 1838. Jacob De Cordova bought McLennan's property and hired a former Texas Ranger and surveyor named George B. Erath to inspect the area. In 1849, Erath designed the first block of the city. Property owners wanted to name the city Lamartine, but Erath convinced them to name the area Waco Village, in honor of the Native Americans who had lived there. In March 1849, Shapley Ross built the first house in Waco, a double-log cabin, on a bluff overlooking the springs. His daughter Kate soon became the first white child to be born in Waco.