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.