As we get closer to celebrating New Year, 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.
Please celebrate the New Year safely and responsibly! Here are some other safety tips for the holiday:
- The consequences of drunk driving are devastating. If you do drink, please have a designated driver and make those plans ahead of time.
- Try to avoid being on the road between the hours of 8pm – 2am. Auto accidents due to alcohol consumption are the highest during that time.
- Take the keys if you have a friend who is too drunk to get behind the wheel. Help your friend with a ride home.
- If you are hosting a party make sure your guests have a designated driver or a way to take them home from your party.
Have a happy and safe New Year!
WFPD Officer Russell C. Scott
On November 27, 1958 Wichita Falls Police Officer Russell C. Scott was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of accident at the intersection of Hampstead Street and Milby Street. Another car entered the intersection and struck a disabled truck at a high rate of speed. The truck was pushed into Officer Scott, knocking him 54-feet.
Officer Scott was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25.
Officer Scott had been with the agency for only 11 months. He was survived by his wife.
May we never forget.
With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away the Wichita Falls Police Department would like 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.
It’s almost Halloween and that means kids will be out Trick-or-Treating. Here are some safety tips to help make the night more enjoyable for everyone:
Around 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.
Recently, 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.
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 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.
On 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.
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.