National Night Out is TONIGHT!

** NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IS TONIGHT **

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

This year, we will be hosting our National Night Out celebration TONIGHT (Tuesday, October 1st) from 5:30pm-7:30pm, at the Kiwanis Park Pavilion and we would love for you to join us!!! There will be FREE hot dogs, chips, and all the fixins’ (while they last) provided by First National Bank and drinks provided by the WFCPAA! There will also be door prizes and lots of fun!

Come see us and bring the family!!!

National Preparedness Month

DocumentSeptember is National Preparedness Month, and over the next few weeks, the Wichita Falls Police Department will be sharing tips on how you and your neighbors can prepare for disasters. We hope you will find this information helpful!

We know disasters are often sudden, and could result in catastrophic damage – or worse, loss of life. As part of our commitment to keeping this community safe ahead of, during, and after an emergency or natural disaster, the Wichita Falls Police Department wants to remind you about Nextdoor’s Urgent Alert feature.

This tool helps our department push out real-time, critical information area-wide, targeted to a specific service area, or neighborhood. Find out how you can ensure your Urgent Alert feature is active in case of an emergency by clicking here.

And remember, Nextdoor and other social media platforms should not be considered a replacement for emergency-related requests. If you need immediate assistance, please always call 911.

If you are not already a part of Nextdoor you can join by going to Nextdoor.com.

Can YOU SEE your house numbers/address on your mailbox/house?

house number plateWhen you have lived at the same address for a number of years, you rarely pay any attention to your house numbers (address).

For Police Officers, EMS, and Fire that may be responding to your house in the event of an emergency, your house numbers are what they are looking for.

Make it a point, to LOOK at your house numbers to see if:

-All of the numbers are still there

-They are large enough to be seen easily from the street

-Any landscape vegetation has grown over them limiting their visibility

If you can see them, so can we…Thank YOU!

If not, then we can’t either. Please take steps today so we can find should you need us tomorrow.

Share the Road: Hotter’n Hell Hundred

e06f931b6976f30b4d4641edd71c83ed_400x400The Hotter’n Hell 100 is just a couple of weeks away which means the presence of more cyclists on the roadway.  The Wichita Falls Police Department reminds motorists to share the roadway and be aware.

Here are a few safety tips to remember:

1. Different but Equal

In all states, cyclists are deemed by law to be drivers of vehicles and are entitled to the same rights on the road as motorists. Expect cyclists on the road. Watch for cyclists on the road. Treat them as you would any slow-moving vehicle.

2. Patience, not Patients

Patience, especially on the road, is a virtue, and can save lives.

Your patience may involve:

  • Waiting until it is safe to pass a bicycle and refraining from tailgating.
  • Giving cyclists the right of way when the situation calls for it.
  • Allowing extra time for cyclists to go through intersections.
  • Recognizing road hazards that may be dangerous for cyclists and giving cyclists the necessary space to deal with them. In conditions where there is not enough room for a cyclist to ride to the right, they are allowed to ride closer to the lane of traffic, and sometimes even in the lane of traffic.

Never engage in conduct that harasses or endangers a cyclist. Above all: Be tolerant. Be understanding. Be careful.

3. A Passing Grade

Do not pass a cyclist until you can see that you can safely do so. You should allow ample space between your vehicle and the bicycle and make sure you do not place the cyclist in danger. If you pass too closely the drag from your car can pull a cyclist off course and cause the rider to swerve out of control.

4. The Right Behavior

Watch out for cyclists when you are turning right. A bicyclist may well be to the right of you and planning to go straight at the same intersection. Do not speed ahead of the bicyclist thinking you can negotiate the turn before they reach your car. The cyclist may be going faster than you think and, as you slow to make the turn, the cyclist may not be able to avoid crashing into the passenger side of your vehicle.

5. To The Left, to The Left

Also look for cyclists when making a left-hand turn. Cyclists who are crossing straight through the same intersection in the opposite direction may be going faster than you realize. It is particularly dangerous on a descending slope, when cyclists pick up more speed.

6. A Back-up Plan:

Bicycles, and the people who drive them, come in all shapes and sizes. When backing out of your driveway always look to see if someone is riding in your path. Children on small bikes might be hard to see. Drive slowly and look carefully.

7. Egress Etiquette

After parallel parking, make sure the coast is clear for opening the car door to exit. Make sure there are no cyclists riding alongside your car or fast approaching. By using the rear view mirrors and by turning around, a driver can spot an approaching cyclist and circumvent a disaster. A cyclist cannot anticipate when a driver will open a door, but a driver can easily detect a cyclist who may be in the line of danger.

8. Respect

Cyclists have a rightful spot on the road. Cyclists also positively impact the environment with each revolution of their wheels by opting to ride rather than drive. Do not resent cyclists. Replace frustration with a smile every time to see a cyclist.

9. Honing Your Horning Habit

Do not honk unnecessarily at cyclists. If the need does arise to honk your horn to alert a cyclist that you are about pass, do so at a respectable distance. If you are too close, the noise itself can cause a cyclist to lose his or her bearings and create a hazardous situation for both you and the cyclist.

10. Try it, You’ll Like it

If you can’t beat them, join them. Ride a bike. It may just change your life. Riding is good for you and good for your environment. At the very least, it will give you a better appreciation for the problems cyclists face everyday on the road with respect to motorists.

**CLASS IS FULL** WFPD To Host FREE Active Shooter Response Class for Citizens

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UPDATE:  THIS CLASS IS FULL.  WE WILL BE HOSTING ANOTHER ONE SOON!

The Wichita Falls Police Department will be hosting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training on Thursday, August 15 at 6:00 pm at the Public Safety Training Center located at 710 Flood St. Class is limited to the first 50 registrants.

The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.  This is an informative class only.  No weapons are allowed.

Along with the CRASE training the WFPD will also cover current Texas State laws pertaining to gun ownership.

The class is free and open to anyone. If you are interested in attending please click here:

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We look forward to seeing you there.

WFPD Supports Nextdoor.com as Virtual Neighborhhood Watch Platform

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So far, over 10,000 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.

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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.

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Join Nextdoor Today!!!

Remembering Our Fallen – Officer Charles Sleigh Carlisle EOW: June 29, 1933

002Today we honor Officer Charles Sleigh Carlisle.  On this date in 1933 he gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Officer Carlisle succumbed to gunshot wounds received while he and his partner tried to question a man about an aggravated robbery.

The 20-year-old suspect was arrested three days later in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years. His prison job, which was an auto mechanic, allowed him to drive outside of the prison. He was killed in an automobile accident on January 20, 1939. Officer Down Memorial

WFPD Lieutenant Ginger Gilmore Graduates from the Leadership Command College

Gilmore 5x7Ginger Gilmore, Lieutenant of the Wichita Falls Police Department recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 84 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 June 21, 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.