The 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 Holiday Season Stats and 1st Quarter as provided below.
Holiday season TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats (December 1st through December 31st):
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 5
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 4
Speeding – 114
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 0
Other Violations – 17
Arrests – 0
Vehicles Impounded – 0
Hours Worked – 71.5
Miles Driven – 578
1st Quarter FY 2021 (October 1st thru December 31st) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
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WFPD Sgt. Charlie Eipper is joined by the Boys Head Basketball coach at Hirschi High School, Coach Donald Hedge. Sgt. Eipper and Coach Hedge have a conversation about recruiting and specifically on their common desire to see more men and women of our black community serving as officers on the WFPD team. If you have a passion to serve in this capacity, apply today at www.wfpdnow.com/jobs
On 11-16-20, officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic offense in the 1600 blk of 22nd. The vehicle tried to flee but crashed between a house and a tree. Two of the three occupants fled on foot and the third was detained on scene. One of the subjects that ran was later captured and arrested. He was identified as 32 year old Cruz Guzman.
Investigation revealed that the car contained 493.6 grams of methamphetamine, 31.71 grams of black tar heroin, and a handgun.
Guzman was arrested and charged with:
Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 < 200g
Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 < 400g
Evading Arrest and Detention
Unlawful Carrying Weapon
The investigation is ongoing. Charges are still currently pending on a second subject and a third subject is still at large.
TESTING DATE FOR NEXT POLICE ACADEMY IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2021. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS TEST IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2021.
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Today is National Boss’s Day 2020 – Meet Police Chief Manuel Borrego!
Chief Manuel Borrego joined the Wichita Falls Police Department in 1982 after being honorably discharged from the USMC. He promoted through the civil service system to the rank of Captain. In 2010 he was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of the Field Services Division. In 2012 he was appointed to the position of Police Chief for the City of Wichita Falls.
Chief Borrego had a parallel career in the United States Army Reserves. He held the rank of Command Sergeant Major upon retirement in 2012 after 32 years of service. His overseas assignments included a tour in Okinawa Japan in 1980 with the USMC and in 2009 he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a detachment of the 95th Division. Major awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the Drill Sergeant Badge.
Chief Borrego’s education includes a Bachelor Degree from Midwestern State University. He is a graduate of the 182nd FBI National Academy and the Bill Blackwood Leadership Command College (LEMIT) Sam Houston State University. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy at Ft. Bliss Texas. He currently holds the TCOLE Master Peace Officer certification.
Chief Borrego serves on the Wichita Falls Faith Mission Board, Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and Partners in Education (PIE) Advisory Board.
Past board memberships include: Texas Police Chief’s Association Executive Board Region 5 Director, BSA Board Member, Veterans Advisory Council, and the Wichita Falls Downtown Lions Club.
Thank you Chief Borrego for your service and dedication to the citizens of Wichita Falls. You are a true hero!
Chief Borrego was honored to participate in the 18th Annual Candlelight Vigil that was hosted by First Step last night at the Wellington. The Vigil paid tribute to the victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers was a big winner at this year’s National Crime Stoppers Conference that was held in Omaha, Nebraska. They brought home the award for Best Radio Service Announcement (population 100,001-250,000) for their Falls Fugitive Podcast on the Keith Mann Missing Person Case that was produced in conjunction with Design Works.