FY 2020 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR’S ENFORCEMENT STATS RELEASED

step christmasThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the FY 2020 CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR’S ENFORCEMENT  TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats which covered a two week period beginning Friday, December 13, 2019, and ended Wednesday,  January 1, 2020:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 10
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 11
Speeding – 18
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 1
Other Violations – 3
Arrests – 1
Vehicles Impounded – 2
Hours Worked – 20
Miles Driven – 180

Traffic Stop Leads to Financial Crimes & Drugs

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On 01-14-20, Officers observed a reported stolen vehicle traveling north in the 4300 blk of Boren Ave.  When the vehicle stopped at the stop sign at Boren and Call Field, the two female occupants got out of the vehicle and switched positions (driver/passenger) and took off again.  The vehicle was stopped in the 3100 blk of Lawrence Rd and the occupants were identified as Taleasha Solomon, age 34, and Trinity Noland, age 35.

During an inventory of the stolen vehicle, several other stolen items were located including a checkbook and more than 50 stolen credit cards.  In addition, a purse was found under the center console, between the two occupants, that contained a pipe, several syringes, and a white powdery substance inside of a plastic baggy.  The white powder field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Both Solomon and Noland were arrested and charged with the following:

  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle – SJF
  • Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information – F/1
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 < 1g – SJF

 

 

WFPD Releases 2020 1st Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

636210405772280198-WFPD-STEPThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 1st Quarter FY 2020 (October – December 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 31
Child Safety Seats – 2
Intersection Violations – 101
Speeding – 361
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 15
Other Violations – 120
Arrests – 1
Vehicles Impounded – 6
Hours Worked – 285
Miles Driven – 2,256

Bank Jugging Warning

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The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to inform our citizens of a trend that has been occurring in and around the state called Bank Jugging.

What is “Bank Jugging”?

Bank Jugging is a term used to describe suspects that sit in bank parking lots to watch customers and then follow those people they believe are in possession of cash. The suspects then look for an opportunity to burglarize and steal the money left unattended or rob the victim, taking the money by force.

Things to be aware of while banking:

* Conceal any cash prior to leaving bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
* Juggers will follow victims out of the parking lot.
* Vehicles arriving at bank with no occupants entering the bank.
* Vehicles with dark tinted windows with little or no visibility of the occupants.
* Watch for occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with clear view of the front doors of the bank, ATM or commercial drive thru line.
* Notify police if you feel you have been followed from a bank.

Tips on how to protect yourself:

* Always be aware of your surroundings.
* Conceal money before leaving the bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
* Be aware of anyone following you from the area of a bank.
* If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and stay on the line until marked police units can locate you.

* Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination, even if it’s your residence.

Don’t let a Grinch steal your Christmas!

tlh1With the increase in holiday shopping we would like to remind you that one of the best ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a vehicle burglary is to simply lock your car.

Take, Lock, Hide is the basic crime fighting tool to help reduce vehicle burglaries.

  • Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
  • Hide valuables from sight or take them with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in and will move on.
  • Park in  highly visible areas.  Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
  • Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
  • Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn the item, will be identified.

There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. But there are steps you can take to reduce risk.  Simply locking your vehicle and hiding or removing property from inside is half the battle.

Check Suspicious Call Leads to Arrest

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On Saturday, November 30th, at approximately 12:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1500 block of 14th St in reference to an occupied vehicle check. It had been reported that there was a subject in a black Ford Mustang honking his horn and waving a gun around.

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Daniel Le

When officers arrived they observed a subject, who was later identified as 19 year old Daniel Le, exiting out the driver’s door of a black Ford Mustang.   In plain view they observed a firearm in the backseat of the vehicle.

Officers searched the vehicle and located a green leafy substance in a large, clear cellophane wrapping under where the firearm had been located. The substance was field tested and rendered a positive for marijuana.  It weighed 9.9 ounces.  Further search of the vehicle revealed $2,500 in cash along with a digital scale and plastic baggies.

Le was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of marijuana.

Vehicle Burglars Arrested

Ethan HartOfficers had been working a rash of vehicle burglaries on the west side of town involving 3 suspects wearing hoodies with their faces covered. On 11-30-19, in the late evening hours, officers had received some information, via video, that the suspects had been seen in the area of McNiel/Seymour Rd checking on car doors. While officers were searching the area, they were flagged down by a citizen who saw the suspects around Berwick/McNiel. Officers were able to locate two of the suspects, both juveniles, on Berwick just east of McNiel. Both juveniles matched the description from the video. The third suspect, later identified as 17 year old Ethan Hart, was located hiding in the backyard of nearby residence. All 3 suspects were found to be in possession of items that had been taken from vehicles in the area. Hart was also found to be in possession of a handgun. All 3 suspects were arrested for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. Hart was also charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, and Criminal Trespass.

In Memory: WFPD Officer Russell C. Scott

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WFPD Officer Russell C. Scott

On November 27, 1958 Wichita Falls Police Officer Russell C. Scott was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of accident at the intersection of Hampstead Street and Milby Street. Another car entered the intersection and struck a disabled truck at a high rate of speed. The truck was pushed into Officer Scott, knocking him 54-feet.

Officer Scott was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25.

Officer Scott had been with the agency for only 11 months. He was survived by his wife.

May we never forget.

Planning to Travel this Holiday Season? WFPD Offers Free Patrol Checks

shutterstock_668174545With many people going out of town for the holidays the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you that you can set your residence up for a vacation home check.

While you are away on vacation, Sentinels from the WFPD will periodically stop by your home to check for open doors, broken windows or any other suspicious circumstances.  In the event that something out of the ordinary is discovered, you or your listed emergency contact will be contacted immediately.  This is another added security precaution you can utilize to safeguard your possessions and assure your peace of mind while you are on vacation.  This is a free, but invaluable service provided by the WFPD.

Please fill in the form below to request a vacation check.   If you have any questions please contact the Community Services Section at 940-720-5019.

Click here to request your Vacation Patrol Check

Homeowner realizes that the Police Department and the City do not assume any liability for loss or damage to property during specified dates. Homeowner understands there is no guarantee that vacation checks will be done daily, only when Sentinels are available.