With the increase in holiday shopping we would like to remind you that one of the best ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a vehicle burglary is to simply lock your car.
Take, Lock, Hide is the basic crime fighting tool to help reduce vehicle burglaries.
- Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
- Hide valuables from sight or take them with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in and will move on.
- Park in highly visible areas. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
- Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
- Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn the item, will be identified.
There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. But there are steps you can take to reduce risk. Simply locking your vehicle and hiding or removing property from inside is half the battle.
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.
The escapee Luke Allen King has been apprehended and is in custody.
Be on the look out in the area of the 600 blk of Sunset for a Luke Allen King. He was being transported by Archer County Sheriff’s Office for treatment. He freed himself from his restraints and escaped custody. He was last seen in and around the area of the 600 blk of Sunset and the WFISD bus barn. He was reported to be wearing orange Archer County Inmate clothing and possibly grey sweat pants underneath and belly chains. If you see him please call 911 do not attempt to approach or detain him for safety concerns. Officers are in the area currently searching for him.
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.
** NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IS TONIGHT **
National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
This year, we will be hosting our National Night Out celebration TONIGHT (Tuesday, October 1st) from 5:30pm-7:30pm, at the Kiwanis Park Pavilion and we would love for you to join us!!! There will be FREE hot dogs, chips, and all the fixins’ (while they last) provided by First National Bank and drinks provided by the WFCPAA! There will also be door prizes and lots of fun!
Come see us and bring the family!!!
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.
All members of the community are invited to attend. The event is from 8 am to 10 am on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, at Frank & Joe’s Coffee House located 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 emotionally stressful times. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building. Some community members may even 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
Early this morning at approximately 12:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a tan 2006 Chevrolet Silverado with expired registration in the area of Kell and Taft. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop at which time the driver refused to stop.
As the vehicle was near Harrison and Kell officers observed a clear plastic bag being thrown from the vehicle. Officers were eventually able to get the vehicle stopped in the area of Brook and Kell. Officers identified the driver as 38 year old Kristin Martin and the two other occupants as 29 year old Amanda Carroll and 31 year old Andrew Carroll.
Officers went back to retrieve the bag that was thrown from the vehicle and found it to contain a substance that showed positive for methamphetamine when field tested. The weight of the substance was 14.88 grams.
All three suspects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with possession of a substance in penalty group one and tampering with evidence. Martin was also charged with evading.
Officer Walter Edwin Rappolee, Jr.
Officer Robert Edward Fellows
Officer Fellows and Officer Rappolee were crushed to death when a wall fell onto their patrol car. A large fire had destroyed a section of downtown Wichita Falls and the two officers were sitting in their patrol car in front of one of the damaged buildings when the wall collapsed and landed on top of the car.
Officer Fellows had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for just over 4.5 years. Officer Rappolee had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for just over 2 years.
The Hotter’n Hell 100 is fast approaching 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:
- Bicyclists have the rights and duties of other vehicle operators:(551.101)
Yes, this means you have to stop at stop signs and red lights, but cars are required to yield right-of-way to a bicycle when appropriate, just as to any other vehicle.
- Ride near the curb and go in the same direction as other traffic: (551.103)
Near the curb is subjective (we recommend leaving a cushion of about three feet) but the law gives a cyclist the right to take the lane when necessary for safety.
- At least one hand on the handlebars (two are safer): (551.102c)
One when signaling but two when turning works well.
- Use hand and arm signals: (545.107)
Point the way you are going, let the other operators know what you want to do.
- One rider per saddle: (551.102a)
Don’t let your friends share your bike while riding unless you’re both on a tandem.
- You may ride two abreast as long as you don’t impede traffic: (551.103c)
Racing and taking the lane are special cases.
- Must have a white light on the front and a red reflector or red light on the rear (for riding at night): (551.104b)
The light is primarily so people can see you coming from the side, where their headlights do not shine on your reflectors. The law, effective as of Sept. 2001, states that a red light can replace a red reflector.
- Brakes capable of making the braked wheel skid: (551.104a)
Don’t test that front brake to see if the wheel will skid while riding, especially downhill.