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-10/06/18

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.

WFPD Supports Nextdoor.com as Virtual Neighborhhood Watch Platform

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So far, over 8,000 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.

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

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!!!

Know What’s Going on Around You: RAIDSONLINE

unnamedThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a free program that is designed to keep you, the citizen, informed of what’s going on around you as it relates to police activity; RAIDSONLINE.

RAIDSONLINE  is an analytical information system.  The WFPD keeps records about incidents that occur within the jurisdiction. When an incident happens, the responding officer  writes a report with information about the event including the location, people, related vehicles and other useful information.  The information is then shared at www.raidsonline.com and is updated on a regular basis for accuracy.

You can easily search for information on nearby criminal activity.

Analytical layers show how crime relates to other factors such as date, time, location type of crime, etc .

RAIDSONLINE helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe. RAIDS crime map  connects law enforcement with the community to help reduce crime and improve public safety.

RAIDSONLINE is a web based program but it is also available as a free app download.

Celebrate July 4th Safely

w9epz1pAs we get closer to celebrating July 4th the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of the City Ordinance prohibiting the use or possession of fireworks.

The possession of all fireworks is illegal in the city limits of Wichita Falls. If you are found to be in possession of or discharging fireworks you can be subject to a fine. It is important that the public recognize the potential dangers in the use and handling of fireworks.

With safety in mind, we would like to remind residents and visitors that the best way to celebrate the 4th of July holiday with family and friends is by attending the 4th in the Falls celebration at the MPEC.

 

WFPD Officers Compete in Texas Police Games

35886252_1833124660043932_8566695623472971776_nOfficer Esquibel and Officer Arias competed in the Texas Police Games last week in Ft Worth. Officer Esquibel finished 1st in his age and weight class in powerlifting for the 4th year in a row and Officer Arias finished 4th in men’s singles and 2nd in men’s doubles tennis. Congratulations guys! Way to go!

Application deadline extended for Junior Police Academy.

The Wichita Falls Police Department Junior Police Academy application deadline has been extended to May 27th.  We still have openings in both sessions of our Junior Police Academy. Session one will be from June 11th through June 15th. The second session will be from July 23rd through July 27th. Sessions will run Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. Friday, graduation day, will be a short day from 8:30 am until approximately 11:00 am.

Junior Police Academy applications will be available at the front desk of the police department at 610 Holliday St and at the Public Safety Training Center front desk at 710 Flood St or by e-mail at the below listed addresses. You can drop off the completed application at the front desk of the police department on Holliday or the training center on Flood St. or mail them to either location. If you do mail them mark it to the attention of Officer Henning, Johnson or Sheehan. The quickest response would be to drop it off at either location.  Registration is for kids 12 to 14 years old.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us at timothy.johnson@wfpd.net, kris.henning@wfpd.net or danettesheehan@wfpd.net Or you can call at 940-720-5005 or 940-720-2181.

2018 WFPD Police Memorial Service

police_week_article_show_caroselPlease join us on Monday, May 14th at 10 am, for a remembrance ceremony in honor of all the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice 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.

Local restaurant to host Coffee With a Cop event.

CWC_Secondary_Black_RGBOn Tuesday, May 15th, 2018,  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.

All  members of the community are invited to attend. The event is from 7 am to 9 am on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018,  at McDonald’s, located at 3103 Kemp Blvd. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about their department and officers.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotionally stressful times. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building. Some community members may even 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

 

Protect Your Valuables with ‘Report It’

reportitThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a great tool available to them free of charge: Report It.

Report It is a proactive tool that allows you to easily catalog information about your valuables. This includes serial numbers, owner applied numbers, photos of property and scans of receipts. It’s completely internet based, so you never have to worry about losing the data you have saved.

Nobody expects to have their property lost, stolen or damaged, but if it does happen, you’ll need to be able to provide the information to law enforcement and your insurance provider.

You can use Report It to store identifying information of anything of value – think about collectibles, jewelry, electronics, machinery, lawn equipment, and even designer clothes and handbags.