Great Texas Warrant Round-Up 2017 Starts on Saturday February 25th, Ends March 10th 2017

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Take Care of Your Outstanding Warrant Now!

Once again it’s time for Texas law enforcement to increase its efforts in serving outstanding arrest warrants by holding the state-wide Great Texas Warrant Roundup.  This will be the 11th year that Texas has done this, and this year over 300 jurisdictions (counties, municipalities, etc.) are involved. 

What is the Great Texas Warrant Roundup? 

This being Texas, it’s known as the largest such coordinated effort of its kind in the country where folk who have outstanding warrants – for anything from traffic violations or unpaid parking tickets to those with higher charges – are invited to voluntarily comply with the local badges.  What is the incentive to do so?   Those who don’t may face being arrested at their job or at home in front of their family.

In Wichita Falls, notices have been mailed to individuals with active warrants

During the next two weeks, individual’s  with outstanding city citations are encouraged to appear in person or contact Wichita Falls Municipal Court in order to avoid the embarrassment of being arrested at home, work or school during the Warrant Roundup.

How to clear an outstanding warrant: 

  • Pay in person or by mail at Wichita Falls Municipal Court, 611 Bluff St Wichita Falls, TX 76301.

 

 

Campus Crime Stoppers receive top awards at conference.

crimestoppersparisCongratulations to our students and coordinator for receiving top awards at the 22nd Annual Texas Campus Crime Stoppers Conference in Paris, TX.  Best Crime of the Week went to Hirschi High School, Two state ambassador alternates, Louanna Bohn, Hirschi High School and Ainsley Hoodenpyle, Burkburnett High School.  The kids also made two public service announcements that will be used state-wide to help combat bullying. Officer Brian Bohn also received Campus Crime Stoppers coordinator of the year.  Congratulations and thank you to the kids, teacher sponsors and Officer Bohn for making this program successful.

WFPD Financial Crime Unit Warns of Another SCAM

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There has been an increase in fake checks in our area being mailed to victims for various reasons from alleged Secret shopper programs to online fraudulent jobs posted via craigslist.

BEWARE – if someone sends you a check then ask you to wire money directly back to them or someone else after you deposit the check into your account IT IS A SCAM!

The FDIC requires banks to make funds available on cashier’s checks and money orders within 1-5 days, so the scammers are counting on you receiving the funds and going through with the wire transfer before the check or money order has actually cleared the bank. By the time you find out that the check is not legitimate, you are out the money you sent and will be held accountable for the bounced check by your financial institution.

If it sounds to good to be true then it is. Verify the validity of the check and be very cautious when depositing or cashing checks.

For more information visit the follwoing: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/beware-mystery-shopper-scams

WFPD Warns of IRS Scams

scam-alertFinancial scams are on the rise again. Recently there have been several reports of IRS scams demanding payment for alleged owed money. Scammers are calling unsuspecting victims and advising them they have a warrant for their arrest and/or the police are watching their residence planning to make an arrest if they do not pay. This is a scam that targets the elderly and/or unknowing.

Thousands of Dollars are lost each year to IRS Scammers please keep a look out for these false claims. Check on Family members and friends who you think could fall victim and warn them of the dangers of Scammers. Spread the word and protect one another from would be scammers.

If you have questions or to file a claim you can contact the IRS or visit:

https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-urges-public-to-stay-alert-for-scam-phone-calls

Do not forget you can sign up for the latest scam alerts at:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

WFPD Releases 2017 1st Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

vanThe 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 1st Quarter FY 2017 (October-December) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 113
Child Safety Seats – 2
Intersection Violations – 228
Speeding – 493
Other Violations – 165
Arrests – 2
Vehicles Impounded – 6
Hours Worked – 375
Miles Driven – 3,371