1981 – Coyal “Bud” Francis Jr, President of the Kiwanis Club, presents WFPD Officers Rodney Busby and Bill Pursley with the latest set of “Cowboys, Cops, and Kids” trading cards. The cards, which featured Dallas Cowboys players and crime prevention tips, were passed out to by police to children in the community. If anyone in our community still has one of these cards, we would love to see it. Please contact Officer Jeff Hughes at email@example.com
On 6/12/15 at approx. 1028 hrs. Officers from the Drug Interdiction Unit observed a vehicle in the 1400 block of Central Frwy traveling 81mph in a 60mph speed zone. Officers conducted a traffic stop and the driver of the vehicle appeared to be very nervous. K-9 Officer Kuno alerted on the vehicle and search incident to that alert revealed 3.5 pounds of marijuana and two handguns inside the vehicle. The driver, 22 y/oTerrance Whitfield, and passenger, 23 y/o Tikita Gamble, were both arrested for Possession of Marijuana – State Jail Felony and Unlawful Carrying of A Weapon. The vehicle, a 2009 Lexus, was impounded for possible seizure.
On 6/12/15 at approx. 1300 hrs Officers stopped a mustang at 10th and Fillmore for a moving violation. Investigation revealed the passenger, 22 year old Ryan Gray, had a small amount of marijuana and 8.2 grams of Methamphetamine on his person. The driver, 53 year old John Sturm, had 66 grams of Methamphetamine on his person. Both Sturm and Gray were arrested for Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substance, Gray was also charged with Possession of Marijauna. The vehicle was impounded for possible seizure.
Curtis Harrelson led the Wichita Falls Police Department as its chief for 20 years between 1977 and 1997. From helping the city through the aftermath of the 1979 tornado to making sure the WFPD was nationally accredited to collaborating with the community to develop the Crime Stoppers program, Harrelson had a hand in a long list of accomplishments. He retired in 1997 after 35 years of service. Chief Harrelson passed away in 2009.