“WFPD Family” Employee Spotlight

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Meet Patrol Officer Jacob Vasquez!

Officer Jacob Vasquez graduated from the 70th Wichita Falls Police Academy in August 2017 and is currently assigned to the Nights B Patrol Platoon.

He graduated from Old High and completed his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University in 2010.

In 2018, Officer Vasquez was named “Rookie of the Year” by the Wichita Falls Police Officers Association. He was also awarded a Life Saving Bar by the department in March 2020.

In his free time, he likes to travel, eat pizza, and watch his beloved Dallas Cowboys. His favorite part of the job is helping to solve crimes through good police work.

Thank you Officer Vasquez for your dedication to the department and the citizens of Wichita Falls – YOU ARE A TRUE HERO!

UPDATE: Missing Child Has Been Found and is Home

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UPDATE 2: The child has been found safe and is now back home. Thank you everyone for your help!

UPDATE: WFPD Juvenile detectives have indicated that their investigation into the whereabouts of 14 year old David Steven Keotter has led them to suspect no foul play in his disappearance. Although this is still a pending investigation, Koetter is currently considered a runaway. Officers and Detectives of the WFPD are continuing their search for Koetter in order to ensure his safety and bring him back home to his family. Anyone with information is asked to call us at 940-720-5000.

** MISSING CHILD – PLEASE SHARE **

We are currently investigating a missing child and need your help!

David “Steven” Koetter (age 14, 5’07″/150, bro/bro) was last seen on April 14, 2020 @ 7:30pm in the area around Kate Haynes Elementary School wearing a desert camo jacket, blue jeans, and black/blue shoes. He was walking a blue heeler dog.

Anyone with information is asked to call us at 940-720-5000.

Stop Domestic Violence

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During this pandemic quarantine, law enforcement agencies across the country are seeing a rise in domestic violence calls.  Our agency has a zero tolerance for domestic violence which means that victims will be cared for and offenders will be arrested.  Violence is never the answer.  We should be working together, not against each other.  Here are some resources that are available:

To report a domestic violence emergency, call us by using 9-1-1.  We are still here for you!

Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.

First Step, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We offer emergency shelter, counseling, empowerment programs, and many forms of advocacy.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, the First Step Administrative office is closed to walk-ins but they can still be reached at (940) 723-7799. If you are looking for services, please call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-658-2683.  They can still do services such as counseling over the telephone.

There is also a National Domestic Violence hotline available.  The number is 1-800-799-SAFE.  They can also be reached online at https://www.thehotline.org/help/.  Callers to The Hotline can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, educational services and referral services in more than 200 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, online instructional materials, safety planning, and more local resources.  There is also an online chat feature on the website offering the same services as the above mentioned phone line.

Get Answers to Your COVID-19 Questions

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As we all navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that you will have questions and our goal is to help you find the answers. Below is a list of who to call should you need assistance. Remember, we are all in this together and we will get through this together!

Emergency Situations (crime, fire, car crashes or medical emergency): Call 911

Shelter In Place Questions: Call 940-761-7625 or email covidquestions@wichitafallstx.gov

Covid-19 Health Questions: Call 940-761-7909

General Questions for Housing, Childcare, Crisis Counseling or Substance Abuse Treatment: Call 211

Stay Home & Stay Safe

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We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our citizens who have been following the recommended Federal, State, and Local guidelines pertaining to COVID-19. We are asking for your continued support and compliance as our community moves forward in an effort to stop this virus from spreading and taking lives.

1) Please follow all mandated provisions of the Shelter in Place order that takes effect tonight at 11:59pm.

2) Stay home and stay safe. When necessary, only leave your homes for defined essential activities as specified in the order.

3) Practice social distancing with a minimum 6ft gap.

4) Wash your hands thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds.

5) Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.

6) If you are sick, seek medical care and take the proper precautions to prevent spreading germs

Remember that compliance here is key. If we all do our part, we will save lives!

We are all in this together and we will get through this together!

SCAM ALERT – PHISHING SCAM TARGETING LOCAL CITIZENS

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Unfortunately, during times of crisis, phishing scams tend to rise as scammers attempt to prey on unsuspecting victims.

It has come to our attention that some of our citizens have been receiving FAKE emails from someone posing as our mayor, Stephen Santellana, asking them to purchase gift cards to be given out as surprise gifts to dedicated staff.

The scammer goes on to instruct the recipient to go to Best Buy or CVS to purchase 5 gift cards in the amount of $100 each ($500 in total) from either Wal-Mart or EBAY and then send them pictures of the cards once they are purchased.

PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM! THESE EMAILS ARE NOT FROM OUR MAYOR!

Be very cautious if you receive one of these emails or ones similar to it. These types of emails are always scams. Most of them are written using poor grammar containing multiple misspellings. Do not open them, reply to them, or click on any links contained within them.

If you feel that you have been a victim of this scam, please contact us at 940-761-7792. You can also report it to the Federal Trade Commission at

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

WFPD COVID-19 Update

As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting all of us in some way, either directly or indirectly. That being said, the Wichita Falls Police Department wants you to know that we are still here for you!

Within the last several days there was a report of someone trying to steal a customer’s grocery items in a food outlet parking lot, and a report of a person selling toilet paper at a very high price out of his vehicle in another parking lot.

In our continual effort to keep our citizens safe, WFPD will step up patrol of retail food outlet parking lots during this time of COVID-19 emergency, similar to the holiday season patrols by our Motor Unit of the shopping areas.

Additionally, we are paying heightened attention to local businesses that were mandated to close during this time, particularly those located downtown. Our normal Patrol duties regarding calls for service will continue with no change.

Please report any suspicious activity in the noted areas to WFPD and allow us to keep you safe. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you have a non-emergency, please call 940-720-5000.

We are all going through this together and will get through this TOGETHER!

Information on COVID-19 is updated continually at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

and locally at:

https://tx-wichitafalls3.civicplus.com/2088/COVID-19