In Memory: WFPD Officer Hugh S. Fuller

police-silhouette-1Around 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 1927 Wichita Falls Police Motorcycle Officer Hugh S. Fuller was en route to a vehicle accident at Ninth and Broad streets. Just one block from the accident scene he struck the side of a motorist making a turn in the intersection of Ninth and Bluff streets. The motorist was en route to the hospital to see his seriously ill wife. He accompanied the injured officer to the hospital. Officer Fuller died one hour later at 3:00 p.m. at Wichita Falls Clinic Hospital. He was 20 years old.

Officer Fuller had been a night patrolman and had transferred to the motorcycle unit several weeks earlier. He had been a well known motorcycle racer since he was a teenager and had won many awards. Officer Fuller’s wrecked motorcycle was placed in the lobby of the police station for many years.

Officer Fuller was survived by his wife, Sallie, and his parents. They had a daughter born on August 5, 1927 who died two days later. He was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Wichita Falls.

May we never forget.

SCAM ALERT

Scam AlertRecently, some local residents have received a phone call from someone claiming to be a “detective” from our agency. The “detective” is phishing for information and the caller ID is showing 940-720-5000, which is our non-emergency number. However, we want you to know that no legitimate call will ever come from our agency showing that number. If you receive a similar call, please do not give the scammers any information and hang up the phone.

If you feel that you have already been a victim of this scam, please call our Financial Crimes Unit at 940-761-7762.

WFPD Releases 2018 4th Quarter and Year End 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 4th Quarter FY 2018 (July – September 2018) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 81
Child Safety Seats – 3
Intersection Violations – 231
Speeding – 426
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 13 
Other Violations – 147
Arrests – 3
Vehicles Impounded – 8
Hours Worked – 350.5
Miles Driven – 2,721

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats for the fiscal year starting at October 2017 and going through September 2018

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 322
Child Safety Seats – 17
Intersection Violations – 769
Speeding – 1,809
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 45 
Other Violations – 527
Arrests – 9
Vehicles Impounded – 34
Hours Worked – 1,386.1
Miles Driven – 10,948
The WFPD is currently participating in FY 2019 Comprehensive STEP Grant, which runs from October 1, 2018 through September 30th, 2019.

Have Coffee with a Cop tomorrow

coffee with a cop1Come on out tomorrow October 5th from 8 am to 9:30 am to Frank & Joe’s Coffee House located at 2919 Bob Ave in Parker Square to celebrate national Coffee with a Cop week.  Meet officers with your department, drink coffee, ask questions and build relationships.

Coffee with a Cop event to be held at local coffee house.

coffee with a cop1On Friday, October 5th, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

Community members are invited to attend. The event is from 8 am to 9:30 am on Friday, October 5th at Frank & Joe’s Coffee House, at 2919 Bob Ave  in Parker Square. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about their department.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building. Some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down those barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers.  These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Man who robbed local bank found guilty in federal court

Wayne Watson TXDLA jury on Thursday found Wayne Alan Watson guilty of three counts of armed bank robbery, the verdict coming after a three-day trial in the Eastern District of Texas, according to a news release from the court.

Watson was found guilty of robbing the City Credit Union in Gainesville on Oct. 16, the Altra Federal Credit Union in Tyler on Dec. 1  and the Texoma Educators Federal Credit Union in Denison on Dec. 19, according to the court.

Additional robberies in Austin and Wichita Falls in January led to Watson being identified as the serial robber, according to the news release.

On January 17th the Legend Bank branch located at Kemp and Kell was robbed at gunpoint by a white male.  The suspect was quickly discovered to be a serial bank robber operating in the Central and North Texas area.  Multiple investigators from across the state, as well as federal agencies, were working on the case and sharing information.

Detectives from the Wichita Falls Police Department Crimes Against Persons Unit identified the suspect during their follow up investigation of the Legend Bank robbery.  The suspect was identified as Watson.  Further investigation identified Watson as the subject who robbed the Carter’s Department Store, located on Lawrence Road on November 29, 2017.

On Tuesday, February 13th at approximately 5:45 am Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department, in cooperation with The FBI, Texas Rangers, Tarrant County Sherriff’s Office and the Texas DPS SWAT Team, executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Isbell Ct. in Ft Worth, Texas at which time Watson was initially taken into custody for the aggravated robbery at Carter’s.

It was during this search that investigators located evidence that linked Watson to multiple bank robberies across the state to include the Legend Bank.

Which of these life saving skills do you know?

unnamed (3)As part of National Preparedness Month, the Wichita Falls Police Department wants to encourage you to learn skills that could help to save your life and the lives of those around you in the event of a disaster.

Remember you are the help until help arrives! Depending on the severity of a disaster, it may take days or even weeks for government resources to reach you. You may have to rely on your family and neighbors.

Which of these life saving skills do you know?

-I know first aid & CPR

-I know how to use a fire extinguisher

-I know how to shut of utilities for my home

-I know which types of natural disasters may impact my community and am adequately prepared for these events

You can find more information about life saving skills here: https://www.ready.gov/safety-skills. If there are other skills you’d like to recommend to your neighbors, or if you know of resources available to help your neighbors build these skills, please reply in the comments.

WFPD Respond to Large Disturbance: Arrest Five

On Saturday, September 8th, at approximately 11:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a report of a large fight outside of the Deep End Bar located in the 5100 block of Jacksboro Hwy.

Upon arrival officers observed a black vehicle leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed.  Believing the occupants of the vehicle may have been a part of the disturbance officers initiated a stop of the vehicle.   The vehicle was found to be occupied by five adult males.  The males were later identified as 21 year old Jaquaveon Pope (back left passenger), 21 year old Devonte Perez (driver), 20 year old Deonte Greer (front seat passenger), 21 year old Marlon Edwards (back middle passenger) and 20 year old Charleston Denman (back right passenger).

While officers were standing outside of the vehicle they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  When they looked inside the car through the open windows they could see very small pieces of a green substance that appeared to be marijuana.  The green substance was strewn throughout the car, on the occupants clothing, on bags in the car, on the center console and on the sides of the doors.  Several of the subjects were also covered in mud and admitted to being part of the disturbance that had occurred in the parking lot.

During the course of the investigation officers recovered 0.11 ounces of a substance that rendered a positive for marijuana using a field test kit.  Officers also located a loaded handgun under the passenger side of the vehicle.  When officers reviewed the video from the in-car camera they could see what appeared to be the front seat passenger, Greer, open his car door, stick his foot out the door and then reach his hand under the vehicle.

All subjects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with possession of marijuana.  Greer was also charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Will you be ready to help your neighbors if a disaster hits Wichita Falls?

unnamed (2)September is National Preparedness Month.

Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can! The Wichita Falls Police Department encourages you to take the following steps to make sure you, your family, and your neighbors are ready.

1. Create an emergency plan. Put together a plan with your family and your neighbors by discussing these questions. What is your shelter plan? What is your evacuation route? What is your communication plan?

2. Consider the specific needs of your family and your neighbors. Does anyone have special dietary and/or medical needs? What will you do with your pets? Are there people in your neighborhood with disabilities?

3. Review your emergency plan with your family and share it with your neighbors on Nextdoor.

4. Practice your plan with your family and your neighbors.

In the event of an emergency, the Wichita Falls Police Department will use Nextdoor, along with other communication tools, to keep your neighborhood as informed as possible.

If you haven’t done so already, consider inviting more of your neighbors to join by having Nextdoor send postcard invitations to your nearby neighbors. You can find instructions for doing so here: http://bit.ly/NextdoorPostcards. You can find more resources here: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

WFPD Makes Early Hour Burglary Arrest

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Stephen Maxwell

Today, at approximately 4:00 am, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4500 block of Jacksboro Hwy to United Express in reference to a burglar alarm at that location.

Upon arrival officers observed that the rear drive-thru window of the business had been opened and coins and cigarettes were scattered on the ground near the window.

Officers were given additional information by WFPD dispatch that they were receiving location alerts from a cash bag that had been equipped with a tracking device that had been taken from the store.  The tracker indicated that the bag was in the 1500 block of South Winds.

Officers responded to that area and located a subject who was later identified as 45 year old Stephen Maxwell in the backyard of a resident in the 4500 block of Westridge.  This address is in close proximity to the 1500 block of South Winds.  Officers observed Maxwell to be in possession of a grey cash bag that contained two twenty dollar bills and multiple decoy bills that had the tracking device mixed in with them.  Stephens also had in his possession pliers, screwdrivers, a pick and gloves.

Maxwell was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with burglary and criminal trespass.