WFPD Family Employee Spotlight

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“WFPD Family” Employee Spotlight

We would like to introduce you to Officer Tristin Dozier!

Officer Dozier is from Iowa Park where he lives with his wife and son.

Officers Dozier has been in law enforcement for 10 years, graduating from the 63rd Wichita Falls Police Academy, and holds an Advanced Peace Officers Certification. Officer Dozier is currently assigned to the Patrol Division (Days B).

Officer Dozier has also served on the Iowa Park Fire Department since 2012.

In his free time he enjoys fishing, cooking, spending time with family & friends and coaching his son’s sports teams.

Officer Dozier says that what he gets most out of being a police officer is getting to be a positive influence on the youth in our community, adding “If in my career, I can or have changed one life for the better, then all the work and effort put forth was worth it to me.”

Thank you Officer Tristin Dozier for your service to our city.

WFPD Employee Spotlight

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“WFPD Family” Employee Spotlight

We would like to introduce you to Officer Patricia Duncan-Ferguson!

Officer Duncan-Ferguson is a graduate of Hirschi High School and attended Vernon College & Midwestern State University.

Officer Duncan-Ferguson began her career with the Wichita Falls Police Department in 2001, graduating from the 54th police academy. During her time with the department, Officer Duncan-Ferguson has worked in all areas of patrol and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section – Crimes against Property Unit.

Officer Duncan-Ferguson is also a 12 year veteran of the Crisis Negotiation Team.

In her time off she enjoys traveling, singing with her church band and spending time with her family & new granddaughter.

Officer Duncan-Ferguson says that she enjoys being able to solve cases and getting to see the smile on someone’s face when she can tell them that their property has been recovered.

Thank you Officer Patricia Duncan-Ferguson for your service to our city!

Man Charged With Sexual Assault After Chase

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On 05-04-20, officers were dispatched to a local residence in reference to a sexual assault. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect, later identified as 51 year old Paul Russell, fleeing the scene in a white camaro. Officers tried to initiate a traffic stop but Russell refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit lasted approximately 33 minutes and covered 26 miles. Officers were finally able to get Russell stopped in the 3900 blk of Fairway. Russell was taken into custody at that point without further incident and a handgun was found in the car. Russell was taken to jail and charged with:

Sexual Assault
Evading Arrest
Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon

Our Thoughts & Prayers to Houston PD

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Houston Police Department following the line of duty passing of Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox over the weekend.

Police Officer Jason Knox was killed in a helicopter crash in the 17050 block of Imperial Valley Drive at about 2:00 am.

He was aboard the MD 369E helicopter as the tactical flight officer. The helicopter had been requested to search the nearby Greens Bayou after police had received unconfirmed reports that two bodies were in the area. The helicopter experienced an issue during the search and crashed into an apartment complex clubhouse.

Responding fire department units extricated Officer Knox and the pilot from the wreckage.

Officer Knox suffered fatal injuries in the crash and the pilot suffered severe injuries.

Officer Knox had served with the Houston Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and his parents.

ANOTHER STOLEN GUN LOCATED AND RECOVERED!

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ANOTHER STOLEN GUN LOCATED AND RECOVERED!

On 04-22-20, at approx 7:17pm, officers responded to the 5500 Blk of Professional Drive (Highpoint Village Apartments) in reference to a disturbance/fight.

Upon officer arrival, 20 year old Damon King tried to leave the scene in a vehicle but was stopped. When officers approached King they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

During a probable cause search, a handgun was found under the drivers seat. It had been spray painted gold in an attempt to hide the identifiers. Officers were able to find the serial number under the paint. Records check revealed that the gun had had been stolen out of Vernon, Texas.

King was arrested and charged with Theft of a Firearm.

Don’t Be a Victim – Lock Your Car

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The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you to please LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE – LOCK your car, TAKE your keys, and HIDE (or remove) your belongings.

Criminals are notorious for targeting unlocked cars that have items such as purses/wallets, electronics, and weapons sitting out in plain view.

LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE only takes a few extra seconds and could save you a lot of money and headache later.

Don’t be a victim!

Dispatch Week – Day 5

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It’s National Telecommunicators Week! Here is your Dispatch Fact for April 17:

Dispatchers of the Wichita Falls Police Department are all licensed through TCOLE (Texas Commission On Law Enforcement).

Thanks to House Bill 1090, passed in 2019, all Texas dispatchers are now considered 1st Responders along with Police Officers, Fire-Fighters, and Paramedics.

The Dispatchers of the Wichita Falls Police Department are very proud to wear the title and they do not take it likely when it comes to serving the citizens of Wichita Falls and Wichita County.