Safe Exchange Zone

 

The Wichita Falls Police Department is pleased to announce the opening of its Safe Exchange Zone. The Safe Exchange Zone provides a safe environment for people, who buy, sell, or trade items in private party transactions, with people they don’t know. Additionally, the area can be used as a safe and neutral site for child custody exchanges

The Safe Exchange Zone is located in the back parking lot of the Wichita Falls Police Department at 610 Holliday, Wichita Falls, TX. The Safe Exchange Zone consists of two parking spaces marked with yellow striping, are marked with a Safe Exchange Zone signage and are under 24 hour surveillance video.

The goal of the Safe Exchange Zone is to help reduce and deter fraudulent transactions, thefts, violent custody disputes and robberies.

A few safety tips in regards to private party transactions:

  •  Only conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers
    • Insist on meeting at the Safe Exchange Zone or at least a public place
    • Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs
    • Take your cell phone with you
    • Tell a friend or family member about your intentions and when and where and with whom you are meeting
    • Complete transactions during daylight hours
    • Be extra cautious in buying/selling valuable items
    • Trust your instincts and be cautious of scams

The exchange of drugs, weapons, alcohol, and/ or any illegal items is not permitted. The employees of the Wichita Falls Police Department cannot act as an official witness to transactions, do not give legal advice, and will not settle civil disputes related to any transactions. The City of Wichita Falls or its employees are not responsible in any way for the value, authenticity, or legitimacy of such transactions. All exchanges must be person-to-person. In the case of custody transfers, the Safe Exchange Zone is not a drop-off area where parents can leave children for a later pick-up time. The Safe Exchange Zone parking spaces are available free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

WANTED FOR MURDER – NOW IN CUSTODY

 

UPDATED:  Strawn is now in custody.  He turned himself in to WFPD officers this afternoon.

Trayvon StrawnWanted for Murder in connection with the shooting at the Studio E Club in the 2400 blk of Sheppard Access Rd on 08-26-18. He should be considered Armed and Dangerous.

Trayvon Martease Strawn
B/M, 12/08/93, 501/140, Blk/Bro

Warrant – Murder $750,000.00
Warrant – Aggravated Assault $200,000.00
Warrant – Aggravated Assault $200,000.00

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact us at (940)761-7762 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (940)322-9888.

WFPD Search Warrant Results in Narcotics Seized and Multiple Subjects Arrested

 

On Thursday, August 23rd, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant in the  600 block of Central Freeway.

During the search officers located and seized approximately 30 grams of a substance that was field tested and rendered a positive for methamphetamine.

Three subjects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one: 38 year old Maury Gregoire, 38 year old Candace Bell and 27 year old Jasmine Keefer.

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

Vehicle Burglaries

Relay-car-theft-keyless-entry-cars-885216The Wichita Falls Police Department observed an alarming crime trend in our community back in May of this year.  Officers were seeing an increase in vehicle burglaries.  Aside from the crime itself officers were finding that the vehicles that were broken into showed no signs of forced entry and firearms were left unsecure.

Between May 7th and May 20th 45 vehicles were entered into and 12 firearms were stolen.  Of those vehicles that were entered into none of them showed signs of forced entry.

With the help of local media getting the word out to the public regarding the need to keep firearms secured and vehicles locked along with an aggressive proactive police response that resulted in multiple arrests the WFPD has seen a decrease in vehicle burglaries.

Between July 16th and July 29th 16 vehicles were entered into with two firearms stolen.  Of those vehicles that were entered into none of them showed signs of forced entry.  That is a 64% decrease in vehicle burglaries compared to the two weeks reported in May.

Although, it is a positive to see the number of vehicle burglaries decreasing the WFPD would still like to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and secure their firearms.  When encountering a locked vehicle criminals most often leave it and go looking for an easier target.  Never leave a firearm unsecured in a vehicle.  An unsecured firearm can become the weapon that hurts or kills an innocent victim.

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.