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.
WFPD Police Chief Manuel Borrego, Deputy Chief Guy Gilmore, Deputy Chief RW Smith, Captain Scott Vaughn, and Retired Deputy Chief Laura Drury are all graduates of the FBI National Academy.
Part of that experience included a physical fitness regimen that consisted of a number of fitness challenges throughout the session, culminating in a 6.1-mile run composed primarily of the legendary obstacle course at Marine Base Quantico, where the National Academy is located. After completing all the fitness challenges, they were awarded a yellow brick for having completed what is called the “Yellow Brick Road”.
In commemoration of that accomplishment, the FBI National Academy Association (FBINAA) is currently sponsoring the 2020 Virtual Yellow Brick Road Walk/Run to raise money for the FBINAA Charitable Foundation. Today, the above mentioned WFPD Command Staff, both current and former, participated in that event by completing a 6.1 mile walk right here in beautiful Wichita Falls!
Congratulations on your accomplishments! We are proud of you!
We would like to introduce you to Officer Patricia Duncan-Ferguson!
Officer Duncan-Ferguson is a graduate of Hirschi High School and attended Vernon College & Midwestern State University.
Officer Duncan-Ferguson began her career with the Wichita Falls Police Department in 2001, graduating from the 54th police academy. During her time with the department, Officer Duncan-Ferguson has worked in all areas of patrol and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section – Crimes against Property Unit.
Officer Duncan-Ferguson is also a 12 year veteran of the Crisis Negotiation Team.
In her time off she enjoys traveling, singing with her church band and spending time with her family & new granddaughter.
Officer Duncan-Ferguson says that she enjoys being able to solve cases and getting to see the smile on someone’s face when she can tell them that their property has been recovered.
Thank you Officer Patricia Duncan-Ferguson for your service to our city!
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.
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.
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.