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!

 

1538690_1025778824111857_7490370763887862153_n

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!

Police Memorial Ceremony Scheduled

memorialPlease join us on Monday, May 16th @ 10am, for a remembrance ceremony in honor all of the law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony is open to the public and will be held on the front lawn of the WFPD Headquarters, 610 Holliday. The event is free of charge and refreshments will be provided following the ceremony.

WFPD Honors Women’s History Month

063

Officer Kristine Henning

Officer Kristine Henning was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas and graduated from Holliday High School.  She began her career in law enforcement for the Wichita Falls Police Department in 1990. She attended the DARE Officer Training in 1998 and is currently assigned to the Community Services Unit.

Officer Henning’s duties include teaching DARE on a full time basis to Elementary and Jr. High schools in Wichita Falls along with helping to conduct the Jr. Police Academy classes. She also conducts trainings and safety programs for all ages of the community.

Officer Henning holds a Master Peace Officer certificate, TCOLE Instructor certification, and is a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist.  She has served as a Field Training Officer, cross-trained as a Crime Stopper Liaison Officer and is the Liaison Officer for the WFPD Chaplains.  She has been awarded 4 Civic Achievement Awards.  She is currently the vice president for the Texas DARE Officers Association.

“I am honored to work for the Wichita Falls Police Department.  I am proud of the men and women I work with, they are among the most dedicated and professional anywhere and we are extremely blessed to have a community that supports us.”

In her free time she enjoys spending time with my family, traveling, and watching sports.