Wichita Falls Police Department Receives Recognition…AGAIN!

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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

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Coffee with a Cop event this Wednesday.

cwc_secondary_black_rgbThis 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.

Winter Weather Driving Tips

winterdriving10With 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.

Driving Tips

  • 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.

Join us on Nextdoor – www.nextdoor.com

logo-white-largeSo 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.

Have a safe and happy New Year!

 

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Please celebrate the New Year safely and responsibly: The consequences of drunk driving are devastating. If you do drink, please have a designated driver or just don’t drink and drive.  Try to avoid being on the road between the hours of 8pm – 2am. Auto accidents due to alcohol consumption are the highest during that time. Take the keys if you have a friend who is too drunk to get behind the wheel. Help your friend with a ride home. Watch out for intoxicated pedestrians or bicyclists.

Be careful with what you’re sharing on social media. If you are hosting a party make sure your guests have a designated driver or a way to take them home from your party.

You’ll hear about it — someone shooting guns into the air. Firing weapons in the air is a violation of the law.  Keep your pets inside or away from fireworks and other loud noises.  Have a happy and safe New Year!