Junior Police Academy Video

Today 26 young men and women graduated as Junior Cadets from the 1st ever WFPD Junior Police Academy. The students spent all week learning about Police Officers and other Emergency Services. They learned about teamwork, dedication and to Never Give Up!

Junior Citizen Police Academy Day 3

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Today the Jr. CPA was visited by Air Evac, Trans Star and the Fire Department. They got to sit inside the helicopter and observe the WFFD use the Jaws of Life. Students also learned about Accident Reconstruction by Accident Investigator Paul Newton. The second half of the day was spent doing traffic stops and building searches where the students and “bad guys” had full waterguns as their weapons.

Next year we hope to be able to have several Jr. CPA classes throughout the summer. Information will be given to all Jr. High students towards the end of the school year.

Junior Citizen Police Academy Day 2

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Today the kids went to Castaway Cove Waterpark and got to experience SCUBA diving first hand. WFPD’s SCUBA Team demonstrated a rescue and recovery. They returned to the Public Safety Training Center and went into the Escape Room as teams. The team pictured above had the fastest time of 3 minutes and 6 seconds. Students also heard from our Gang Task Force and our Juvenile Unit.

WFPD Patrol Make Early Hour Burglary Arrests

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This morning at approximately 12:30 am Patrol Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4700 block of Jacksboro Hwy in reference to noises coming from the backyard of a vacant residence. Witnesses stated they heard someone walking around and saw lights from a flashlight.

Upon arrival Officers established a perimeter.  They located a blue Honda CRV parked nearby and an open back door to the residence.  Officers observed a white male, later identified as 53 year old Wendell Frie, run from the back of the residence. Frie ran to the front of the residence at which time he was caught by Police.

Officers also located 30 year old Kyle Lunger inside the open back door of the residence. They ordered him out and he was taken into custody.

Lunger claimed they had permission to be in the vacant residence.

Officers observed in the vehicle two large pieces of home stereo equipment lying, in plain view, behind the driver’s seat.

Officers located the property owner who then responded to the scene.  The victim identified the stereo equipment as theirs and stated at no time was Frie or Lunger given permission to be in their residence.

Frie was charged with Evading and Burglary of a Habitation. Lunger was charged with Burglary of a Habitation.

Aunt Ruthie’s kids say thank you to Wichita Falls Police Department officers

aunt ruthieOfficer Kris Henning visited with the kids at Aunt Ruthie’s Child Care on Thursday.  The kids wanted to say thank you to all the Wichita Falls Police Department officers that work hard every day and night to protect them and their families.  The kids presented Officer Kris with a signed card that they made to say thank you.  Officer Kris also talked to the kids about being safe and listening to mom and dad.

K-9 Turko and Kuno visit local church summer camp.

k-9-1K-9 handlers New and Ricketts visited with kids from Mount Calvary Falls Chapel, United Methodist Church summer program today.  The kids watched as Turko and Kuno demonstrated how they search for drugs and follow handler commands.   Officers New and Ricketts also spoke to the kids  about why the K-9 unit is important and how they are used to fight crime and detect drugs.  After the demonstration the kids asked questions and interacted with the dogs.  Thank you to Rev. Louis Pearce Sr.

Arrest Made in Wells Fargo Bank Robbery

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Members of the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit and Patrol, in coordination with the local FBI, arrested Stephen Landon Mack this morning at approximately 2:30 am at a local hotel in the 1800 block of Maurine Street.

He is currently being held at the Wichita County Jail.

Mack was wanted in connection with the July 16th Robbery at the Wells Fargo bank located in the United Supermarket in the 4500 block of Jacksboro Hwy.