The 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 2018 (October-December 2017) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 70
Child Safety Seats – 3
Intersection Violations – 126
Speeding – 445
Other Violations – 123
Arrests – 2
Vehicles Impounded – 10
Hours Worked – 317.1
Miles Driven – 2,856.5
Update: At approximately 9:15 am, Friday January 12th, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to an address in the 3100 block of Hollywood in reference to the missing child.
Officers were able to locate and recover both Nikki Hill and another male juvenile.
Both subjects were safe and had left on their own accord.
They have both been released to family members.
This case is being investigated as a runaway and CPS has been notified.
Update: The WFPD has reason to believe that Nikki may be in the company of this individual.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of either Nikki or the male subject you are encouraged to contact police at (940) 720-5000.
The Wichita Falls Police Department are investigating a missing child, 12 year old Nikki Hill.
She is a white female, with brown hair, brown eyes, 4 foot 10 inches weighing 84 pounds.
She was last seen at approximately 9:30 pm on Thursday, January 11 in the 6600 block of Southwest Pky wearing a yellow hoodie, black running pants that have a white stripe down the leg and grey Nike running shoes.
If you have any information of her whereabouts you are encouraged to call the WFPD at (940) 720-5000.
The 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.
To ensure your safety this holiday season, please consider the following safety tips. We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with your friends, family, and neighbors.
-Let a trustworthy neighbor know if you’re planning to go out of town for the holidays so that they can keep an eye on your home. Don’t hide a key outside the house!
-Stop your mail and newspaper delivery. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re not home.
-Park in well-lit and high activity areas close to store entrances during your last minute holiday shopping. Keep all windows closed and doors locked. Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle! If you need to return to your car while shopping, place your bags in the trunk and move your car to another safe location.
-Add Emergency Contacts to Nextdoor to provide your neighbors with another way to help out in case a safety concern arises. Go to your profile and select Add Emergency Contacts. If you are not already a member of Nextdoor you can join free by going to Nextdoor.com.
-Arm your security system to protect your home. While it may seem obvious, your mind is distracted when you’re rushing out the door. Don’t forget this simple step to ensure your home stays protected.
Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.
Traveling for the Holidays? Be Prepared
Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2015, 355 people died on New Year’s Day, 386 on Thanksgiving Day and 273 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2017. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represent about one-third of the totals.
- Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment
- Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance traveled
- Put that cell phone away; many distractions can occur while driving, but cell phones are the main culprit
- Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
- Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
Information provided by the National Safety Council
The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving and to remind everyone of a few safety tips to help make this time more enjoyable.
If you are traveling:
- Please give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
- Do not drive tired. If you become drowsy, find a safe place to stop and take a break.
- Always, wear your safety belt.
- Be prepared to slow down. The road conditions can quickly change due to weather or traffic congestion.
If you are shopping:
- Always, be mindful of your surroundings.
- Lock your car; Take your keys; Hide your belongings.
- If you are shopping at night, try to park in well-lighted areas.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Keep a record of all your credit card numbers and contact your credit card company immediately if one is stolen.
- If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time have a neighbor collect your mail.
- Have various inside lights on multiple timers.
- Ensure that all your doors and windows are locked and secured.
- If someone knocks at your door that you do not know you Do Not have to answer it.
These are just a few simple crime prevention techniques that can help ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.
For more information about this “furever” pal, please contact Katrena at Animal Services by calling 940-761-7824.
This week (October 16-20) is National School Bus Safety Week and the WFPD would like to remind you of the following safety tips:
If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the lights start flashing.
It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
According to Texas statute, a driver – traveling in either direction on a roadway – must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal.
The driver may not proceed until the school bus resumes motion, the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed or the visual signal is no longer activated.
If a road is divided only by a left-turning lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses with alternating red flashing lights activated.
However, if the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop.
The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.