Wichita Falls Crime Mapping

Do you want to know what is happening in your neighborhood? Would you like to be able to filter that activity by date, date range, and type of activity? If so, we have great news for you! You can and it’s absolutely FREE!

All you have to do is visit https://www.crimemapping.com and select Wichita Falls Police from the drop down menu and you are on your way!

You can also sign up to RECEIVE ALERTS!

Scam Alert

Recently our department has received several reports in which victims said that they were contacted by phone by someone posing as a “DEA Agent”. Victims are told that their Social Security Number has been associated with drug running, sex trafficking, etc. and that there is a warrant for their arrest. Victims are then asked to purchase gift cards from different locations so that the warrant can be cancelled.

What You Can Do to Avoid a Scam

Block unwanted calls and text messages. Take steps to block unwanted calls and to filter unwanted text messages.

Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to a request that you didn’t expect. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email, or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.

If you get an email or text message from a company you do business with and you think it’s real, it’s still best not to click on any links. Instead, contact them using a website you know is trustworthy. Or look up their phone number. Don’t call a number they gave you or the number from your caller ID.

Resist the pressure to act immediately. Legitimate businesses will give you time to make a decision. Anyone who pressures you to pay or give them your personal information is a scammer.

Know how scammers tell you to pay. Never pay someone who insists you pay with a gift card or by using a money transfer service. And never deposit a check and send money back to someone.

Stop and talk to someone you trust. Before you do anything else, tell someone — a friend, a family member, a neighbor — what happened. Talking about it could help you realize it’s a scam.

If you were scammed or think you saw a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

STEP Holliday and 1st quarter Comprehensive STEP Stat totals

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 Holiday Season Stats and 1st Quarter as provided below.

Holiday season TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats (December 1st through December 31st):

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 5

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 4

Speeding – 114

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 0

Other Violations – 17

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 0

Hours Worked – 71.5

Miles Driven – 578

1st Quarter FY 2021 (October 1st thru December 31st) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 12

Child Safety Seats – 0

Intersection Violations – 17

Speeding – 343

Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 2

Other Violations – 63

Arrests – 0

Vehicles Impounded – 3

Hours Worked – 215

Miles Driven – 1656

Now Hiring

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2021.TEST DAY IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2021.

Are you between the ages of 21-44 and looking for an exciting career with competitive pay & benefits?

Do you enjoy serving others?

If so, then we are looking for you!

How To Apply

  1. Fill out the application found here: https://bit.ly/3eZ3C1o

2) Once your application has been successfully submitted, download and print out the WFPD Personal History Statement Packet found here: https://bit.ly/36wQPzj

3) Fill out the Personal History Statement Packet completely and follow all instructions

4) Bring your COMPLETED Personal History Statement Packet with you on testing day (TBD)NOTE: You must have your completed Personal History Statement Packet with you on the day of testing to be considered for employment!

For more information on our hiring process, please visit www.wfpd.net/hire If you have a question that cannot be answered via our webpage, please call 940-720-5059.

Now Hiring Police Officers

WFPD Sgt. Charlie Eipper is joined by the Boys Head Basketball coach at Hirschi High School, Coach Donald Hedge. Sgt. Eipper and Coach Hedge have a conversation about recruiting and specifically on their common desire to see more men and women of our black community serving as officers on the WFPD team. If you have a passion to serve in this capacity, apply today at www.wfpdnow.com/jobs

Landavazo Memorial Horse Stolen

* LANDAVAZZO MEMORIAL HORSE STOLEN – PLEASE SHARE *

CRIME STOPPERS “FRESH 48” IN EFFECT

CRIME STOPPERS NEEDS YOUR HELP IN SOLVING A THEFT. THE CRIME HAPPENED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 30TH AND OCTOBER 1ST AT 4712 BARNETT ROAD, MCNEIL JR. HIGH SCHOOL. UNKNOWN SUSPECT(S) BROKE OFF AND STOLE THE MEMORIAL LAUREN LANDAVAZO HORSE STATUE.

THE POLICE HAVE VERY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CRIME AND COULD USE YOUR HELP. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CRIME OR ANY OTHER FELONY CRIME, CALL US TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY AT 940-322-9888, OR IF YOU ARE CALLING LONG DISTANCE, CALL 1-800-322-9888. YOU NEVER HAVE TO GIVE YOUR NAME, AND IF YOUR INFORMATION LEADS TO THE ARREST AND BOARD APPROVAL, YOU COULD EARN UP TO $1,000 THIS IS A FRESH 48 SO ANY INFORMATION RECEIVED IN THE FIRST 48 HOURS THAT LEADS TO AN ARREST OF SUSPECT(S) WILL RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL $500 FOR A TOTAL OF UP TO $1,500

CRIME STOPPERS, CITIZENS, POLICE, AND THE MEDIA WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE. TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

National Forensic Science Week

Today begins National Forensic Science Week (September 20-26) and we would like to kick it off by honoring our Crime Scene Unit.

The Crime Scene Unit (CSU) consists of five crime scene technicians, whose duties include responding to crime scenes 24 hours a day 7 days a week for crime scene documentation. Crime scene documentation includes, but is not limited to, photography, videography, diagramming, the collection, packaging, preservation and transportation of evidentiary items, and processing for latent prints.

The CSU also performs fingerprint and palm print comparisons. Crime scene technicians enter unknown latent fingerprints and palm prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System databases for the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Crime scene technicians also provide expert testimony in crime scene and finger/palm print examination in Wichita County courts, courts for surrounding counties, as well as the federal judicial system. The CSU provides forensic support to other city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies within a two hour radius to include the FBI, ATF and Texas DPS. The CSU educates the public and provides training to law enforcement officers and new crime scene technicians concerning forensics, such as finger/palm print processing, and crime scene processing and documentation. The CSU must also stay informed regarding the latest scientific developments and court cases in the field of forensics to aid them on crime scenes, in the lab and in the courts.

Thank you for all that you! We appreciate you!

Passing of a WFPD Chaplain

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of one of our chaplains, Charles Bartlett. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

He also served as a long time chaplain for the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office.

Thank you for your service!

Seeking Information – Please Share

This morning, at approx 8:24am, 34 year old William Wright was found deceased in a yard in the 1600 blk of Hamlin. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with any information about this crime is being asked to call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.

Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers Fresh 48 is in effect – an additional $500 added to the reward for information that comes in within the first 48 hours that leads to the arrest and board approval.