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.

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.