In Memory: WFPD Officer Hugh S. Fuller

police-silhouette-1Around 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 1927 Wichita Falls Police Motorcycle Officer Hugh S. Fuller was en route to a vehicle accident at Ninth and Broad streets. Just one block from the accident scene he struck the side of a motorist making a turn in the intersection of Ninth and Bluff streets. The motorist was en route to the hospital to see his seriously ill wife. He accompanied the injured officer to the hospital. Officer Fuller died one hour later at 3:00 p.m. at Wichita Falls Clinic Hospital. He was 20 years old.

Officer Fuller had been a night patrolman and had transferred to the motorcycle unit several weeks earlier. He had been a well known motorcycle racer since he was a teenager and had won many awards. Officer Fuller’s wrecked motorcycle was placed in the lobby of the police station for many years.

Officer Fuller was survived by his wife, Sallie, and his parents. They had a daughter born on August 5, 1927 who died two days later. He was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Wichita Falls.

May we never forget.

SCAM ALERT

Scam AlertRecently, some local residents have received a phone call from someone claiming to be a “detective” from our agency. The “detective” is phishing for information and the caller ID is showing 940-720-5000, which is our non-emergency number. However, we want you to know that no legitimate call will ever come from our agency showing that number. If you receive a similar call, please do not give the scammers any information and hang up the phone.

If you feel that you have already been a victim of this scam, please call our Financial Crimes Unit at 940-761-7762.

WFPD Releases 2018 4th Quarter and Year End TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

636210405772280198-WFPD-STEPThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 4th Quarter FY 2018 (July – September 2018) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 81
Child Safety Seats – 3
Intersection Violations – 231
Speeding – 426
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 13 
Other Violations – 147
Arrests – 3
Vehicles Impounded – 8
Hours Worked – 350.5
Miles Driven – 2,721

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats for the fiscal year starting at October 2017 and going through September 2018

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 322
Child Safety Seats – 17
Intersection Violations – 769
Speeding – 1,809
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 45 
Other Violations – 527
Arrests – 9
Vehicles Impounded – 34
Hours Worked – 1,386.1
Miles Driven – 10,948
The WFPD is currently participating in FY 2019 Comprehensive STEP Grant, which runs from October 1, 2018 through September 30th, 2019.

Coffee with a Cop event to be held at local coffee house.

coffee with a cop1On Friday, October 5th, 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.

Community members are invited to attend. The event is from 8 am to 9:30 am on Friday, October 5th at Frank & Joe’s Coffee House, at 2919 Bob Ave  in Parker Square. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about their department.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building. Some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down those barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers.  These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.

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.

Which of these life saving skills do you know?

unnamed (3)As part of National Preparedness Month, the Wichita Falls Police Department wants to encourage you to learn skills that could help to save your life and the lives of those around you in the event of a disaster.

Remember you are the help until help arrives! Depending on the severity of a disaster, it may take days or even weeks for government resources to reach you. You may have to rely on your family and neighbors.

Which of these life saving skills do you know?

-I know first aid & CPR

-I know how to use a fire extinguisher

-I know how to shut of utilities for my home

-I know which types of natural disasters may impact my community and am adequately prepared for these events

You can find more information about life saving skills here: https://www.ready.gov/safety-skills. If there are other skills you’d like to recommend to your neighbors, or if you know of resources available to help your neighbors build these skills, please reply in the comments.

Will you be ready to help your neighbors if a disaster hits Wichita Falls?

unnamed (2)September is National Preparedness Month.

Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can! The Wichita Falls Police Department encourages you to take the following steps to make sure you, your family, and your neighbors are ready.

1. Create an emergency plan. Put together a plan with your family and your neighbors by discussing these questions. What is your shelter plan? What is your evacuation route? What is your communication plan?

2. Consider the specific needs of your family and your neighbors. Does anyone have special dietary and/or medical needs? What will you do with your pets? Are there people in your neighborhood with disabilities?

3. Review your emergency plan with your family and share it with your neighbors on Nextdoor.

4. Practice your plan with your family and your neighbors.

In the event of an emergency, the Wichita Falls Police Department will use Nextdoor, along with other communication tools, to keep your neighborhood as informed as possible.

If you haven’t done so already, consider inviting more of your neighbors to join by having Nextdoor send postcard invitations to your nearby neighbors. You can find instructions for doing so here: http://bit.ly/NextdoorPostcards. You can find more resources here: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

Missing Person

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Update:  On Wednesday September 5th at 12:30 pm Jeannine Humphris was located in an unimproved area in the 4300 block of Barnett.  She was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation.

The WFPD would like to thank everyone who called in with tips.  And a special thank you to Eddie Hills Fun Cycles and Chad Wilson for the use of their ATV’s which were instrumental in the location of Ms. Humphris and to Sam’s Club for their donation of water, gatorade and snacks for those involved in the search.

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The Wichita Falls Police Department is currently investigating a missing persons report and is asking the public for their help.

76 year old white female Jeannine Humphris was last seen in the 4800 block of Shenandoah on September 3rd at approximately 6:00 pm. She is described as 5’04”, 140 pounds, gray short straight hair, hazel eyes and was last seen possibly wearing a white sweater and blue jeans.

If you have any information on her location you are asked to call police at (940) 720-5000.

Share the Road: Hotter’n Hell Hundred

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The Hotter’n Hell 100 is upon us 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 to 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.

Now Hiring Police Officers

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“A career in Law Enforcement will provide you with years of opportunity for personal and professional development, community involvement and the ability to have a positive role in the safety and security of your fellow citizens.” -WFPD Training Unit

CLICK HERE TO APPLY – ONLINE APPLICATION

CLICK HERE – PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT

Application Deadline-10/13/18

Testing Date- Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. at the Wichita Falls High School Cafeteria located at 2149 Avenue H., Wichita Falls, TX 76309. 

For More Information:  www.wfpdnow.com/wfpd-now-hiring

It’s That Time of Year Again

back_to_schoolChildren in Wichita Falls and surrounding communities will be returning to school in the next few days. We would like to  remind drivers to be extra cautious as school zones become more active and be aware of school buses that will be making frequent stops.

Following these simple tips can help children reach school safely and help drivers avoid costly fines and tickets.

Tips for Driving in School Zones

  • Put away your cell phone and anything else that may be distracting you as you drive.  A distracted driver is a dangerous driver.
  • Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Remember, traffic fines usually double in school zones.
  • Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas, not the middle of the street.
  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
  • Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.

Tips for Children Walking or Biking to School

  • Always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks. Look left, right and then left again before proceeding.
  • Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Always obey crossing guards.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.