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ATTENTION CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, CIVIC GROUPS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, AND MORE:

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in an active attack situation? How would you respond?The Wichita Falls Police Department offers free CRASE training to citizens, businesses, and organizations.

CRASE stands for Civilian Response To Active Shooter Events. The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

Here is what past attendees are saying about the course:

“This is an amazing program that so many need to know.” – Michelle

“The class was very informative. It has made me be more aware of my surroundings while I’m out in public.” – Teresa

“We are all much more aware of our surroundings at work, at home, or anywhere we go and we know how to plan and how better to respond in any emergency.” – Sherry

“Very good content and we feel much better equipped.” – Jimmy

If you would like this FREE training brought to your church, business, group, or organization please respond by submitting the following form and our CRASE Trainer will contact you for scheduling:

https://forms.gle/gWvHUkSwnxKZWs7U7

National Forensic Science Week

Today begins National Forensic Science Week (September 20-26) and we would like to kick it off by honoring our Crime Scene Unit.

The Crime Scene Unit (CSU) consists of five crime scene technicians, whose duties include responding to crime scenes 24 hours a day 7 days a week for crime scene documentation. Crime scene documentation includes, but is not limited to, photography, videography, diagramming, the collection, packaging, preservation and transportation of evidentiary items, and processing for latent prints.

The CSU also performs fingerprint and palm print comparisons. Crime scene technicians enter unknown latent fingerprints and palm prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System databases for the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Crime scene technicians also provide expert testimony in crime scene and finger/palm print examination in Wichita County courts, courts for surrounding counties, as well as the federal judicial system. The CSU provides forensic support to other city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies within a two hour radius to include the FBI, ATF and Texas DPS. The CSU educates the public and provides training to law enforcement officers and new crime scene technicians concerning forensics, such as finger/palm print processing, and crime scene processing and documentation. The CSU must also stay informed regarding the latest scientific developments and court cases in the field of forensics to aid them on crime scenes, in the lab and in the courts.

Thank you for all that you! We appreciate you!

FREE CRASE Training

ATTENTION CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, CIVIC GROUPS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, AND MORE:

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in an active attack situation? How would you respond?

The Wichita Falls Police Department offers free CRASE training to citizens, businesses, and organizations. CRASE stands for Civilian Response To Active Shooter Events. The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

If you would like this FREE training brought to your church, business, group, or organization please respond by submitting the following form and our CRASE Trainer will contact you for scheduling:

https://forms.gle/gWvHUkSwnxKZWs7U7

Passing of a WFPD Chaplain

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of one of our chaplains, Charles Bartlett. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

He also served as a long time chaplain for the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office.

Thank you for your service!

Seeking Information – Please Share

This morning, at approx 8:24am, 34 year old William Wright was found deceased in a yard in the 1600 blk of Hamlin. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with any information about this crime is being asked to call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.

Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers Fresh 48 is in effect – an additional $500 added to the reward for information that comes in within the first 48 hours that leads to the arrest and board approval.

Protect Your Lawn Equipment

This time of year, lawn mowers and other yard tools are prime targets for thieves. For that reason, detectives in our Crimes Against Property section would like to remind you to take precautions to protect your belongings.

Here are a few tips to consider:

Keep an eye on things. Theft is often a crime of opportunity. So make sure to never leave your lawn equipment out in clear view when you’re not around.

Secure your equipment with chains and padlocks. Options are available for everything from lawn mowers to leaf blowers to chain saws.

Consider GPS tracking devices. This is a good option for larger, more expensive pieces of lawn equipment like a riding lawn mower. A tracking device will let you monitor the location of stolen equipment.

Identify your equipment. Etching your name and contact information into your equipment makes thieves less likely to target your equipment since they can’t sell it as easily.Register your equipment with the manufacturer for documentation and keep a running inventory of ALL of your belongings by using this free service: https://reportit.leadsonline.com/

In addition to protecting your property, we would also like to encourage you to report any criminal or suspicious activity by calling 911 (emergency) or 940-720-5000 (non-emergency).

For more tips, our Crime Prevention office can be reached by calling 940-720-5019.

Local SCAM Alert

We have been made aware of a phone phishing scam that is affecting our community and wanted to get the word out as soon as possible!

Please be aware that someone has been calling local Wichita Falls residents posing as a WFPD officer and demanding warrant payment in the form of iTunes gift cards.

Please do not fall this scam! We DO NOT call and ask for phone payment from our citizens for any reason.

If you get this call, please hang up and do not give them any financial information.

If you feel that you have already been a victim, please call our front desk at 940-761-7792 and file a report.

UPDATE: Wilson has been located in Clay County and arrested

UPDATE: Wilson has been located in Clay County and arrested!

A MURDER warrrant has been issued for 68 year old Jimmy Harold Wilson. He is a white male, 5’10″/165 lbs. Wilson is driving a red 2009 Nissan Altima with Texas tag HGK-7738.

Wilson should be considered ARMED & DANGEROUS!

If you see Wilson, do not approach him, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you have other information, or know where he may be, please contact us at 940-720-5000 or call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers anonymously at 940-322-9888.