On March 20, 1938, Special Officer Bob Fennell of the Wichita Falls Police Department died after his throat was slashed by a subject that he had ejected from a local nightclub.
Earlier in the night Officer Fennell had confiscated three knives and two razors from women who were at a local nightclub. He had ejected one of the women and her escort from the club. A short time later the man returned, approached Officer Fennell from behind, and slashed his throat with a razor.
Officer Fennell drew his pistol as he fell, but was unable to fire at the subject who continued towards him. The nightclub’s owner picked up Officer Fennell’s gun and shot the subject three times, killing him.
Officer Fennell had been appointed a special officer by the Wichita Falls police chief several weeks earlier. He had previously served with the Burkburnett Police Department and Electra Police Department. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, two brothers, and three sisters.
Lt. Kevin Folmar
Sgt. Donald Miller
Kevin L. Folmar, Lieutenant of the Wichita Falls Police Department, and Donald L. Miller, Sergeant of the Wichita Falls Police Department, recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 85 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement. The program concluded on September 27, 2019 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University.
Each of the three 3-week modules attended by participants in the program is taught by top national and international law enforcement experts. Topics include leadership, professional ethics and integrity, communication, and personnel management issues. The Command College curriculum also strives to keep participants on top of contemporary issues in Criminal Justice.
This program is one of many offered by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, headquartered on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The Institute, known as “LEMIT,” has been training law enforcement managers and executives since its inception in 1987. LEMIT offers numerous seminars, training for police chiefs, and the leadership program, which is one of the premiere law enforcement academies in the nation. No tax monies are necessary to support LEMIT, which is funded by a surcharge on criminal court costs; affording eligible Texas Law Enforcement managers and executive’s essential professional development. Between one and two thousand Texas law enforcement personnel benefit from LEMIT training each year.
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Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 2.139 Compliance: 2018 OPC Report
At this morning’s City Council meeting, the Wichita Falls Police Department was presented with the “Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program” Certificate of Recognition by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation. The Wichita Falls Police Department was originally certified 4 years ago making us 1 of only 59 Texas law enforcement agencies to ever achieve re-certification status.
To find out more about the program, click this link:http://www.texaspolicechiefs.org/recognition-program
The Wichita Falls Police Department joins you on this day in honoring all those who have given their lives in the service of our country. May we never forget.
Apply today! Applicant testing will be April 1, 2017, at the Public Safety Training Center.
For more information and to see the job posting, please visit: www.wfpdnow.com/jobs
Questions? Please call WFPD Dispatch Supervisor Carla Turner at 940-720-5063.
This Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 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. The event will be held at the McDonald’s located at 3103 Kemp Blvd from 8 am to 10 am. So come on out and meet officers from your police department. Feel free to ask questions and bring concerns.
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.
With possible snowfall in the forecast the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind drivers that winter weather can create unpredictable and dangerous driving conditions. Here are a few safe driving tips for winter weather road conditions.
- Slow down. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
- Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
- Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet behind snow plows.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
- If your vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction. Then straighten your vehicle.
So far, over 4,000 Wichita Falls residents have joined the Wichita Falls Police Department on Nextdoor.com to get to know their neighbors and to take a stand against crime. Are you one of them? If not, please visit http://www.nextdoor.com and sign up. It’s free and simple. Iphone and Android apps are also available.
Here is what Nextdoor.com is all about:
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.
Thousands of neighborhoods nationwide are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.
People are using Nextdoor to:
- Quickly get the word out about a break-in.
- Organize a neighborhood watch group.
- Track down a trustworthy babysitter.
- Find out who does the best paint job in town.
- Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog.
- Find a new home for an outgrown bike.
- Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name.
Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.