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 2nd Quarter FY 2020 (January -March) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 29
Child Safety Seats – 4
Intersection Violations – 76
Speeding – 350
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 5
Other Violations – 105
Arrests – 2
Vehicles Impounded – 6
Hours Worked – 234.5
Miles Driven – 1816
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.
It’s National Telecommunicators Week! Here is your WFPD Dispatch Fact for Wednesday, April 15:
The Public Safety Training Center, located at 710 Flood Street, was opened in 2005 and houses the WFPD Dispatch Center. After years of planning, the dispatch center went from 7 consoles to 11 consoles with state of the art technology allowing the extra consoles to be used for training new dispatchers.
The Dispatch Center currently consists of 40 employees that are assigned to answer both emergency and non-emergency calls. In addition to dispatching our officers, our center also dispatches for the Fire Department (WFFD) and Sheriff’s Department (WCSO).
Our dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day 7 days a week, working 8 hour shifts during normal conditions. In the event of an emergency, they are able to transform their schedules to 12 hour shifts to ensure the safety of the department as well as citizens of Wichita Falls and Wichita County.
Thank you to all of our dispatchers for their dedication and service!
It’s National Telecommunicators Week! Here is your WFPD Dispatch Fact for Tuesday, April 14:
In an effort to comply with the City of Wichita Falls Social Distancing Policy, the WFPD Communications section is now split up into 2 different locations in order to create a level of distance between employees. The Wichita Falls Police Department maintains a back-up center located at 610 Holiday for dispatchers to work out of in the event the main center on Flood Street is inoperable. Currently, there are dispatchers working out of both facilities. Using state of the art equipment, our dispatchers are able to provide the same level of service to citizens although working out of 2 different locations. They are currently working 12 hour shifts, serving the citizens of Wichita Falls and Wichita County.
Thank you to all of our dispatchers! We appreciate you!
On 04-12-20, at approx 7:40am, officers were dispatched to the 4600 blk of Lois Ln in reference to a suspicious vehicle that was parked behind a residence. Upon arrival, the vehicle was located. It was occupied by 2 subjects, 40 year old Michael White and 39 year old Shawna Byrd. When the subjects exited the vehicle, officers observed drug paraphernalia in the floorboard. Further investigation revealed the occupants to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and various pills not prescribed to them. Both White and Byrd were arrested and charged with the following:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1
- Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 3
- Possession of Dangerous Drugs
- Possession of Marijuana
The Telecommunicators with the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to thank WFISD Chief Vaughn and the WFISD for the thoughtful notes for all of their staff today in recognition of Telecommunicators Week.
WFPD Celebrates National Telecommunicators Week!
We would like to take a moment to thank all of our dispatchers for their hard work and dedication to our community. We appreciate you more than you know and your service does not go unrecognized. Thank you for being our lifeline and always providing an attentive ear and a caring heart to our citizens. We are grateful for the work that you do everyday!
We will be honoring our dispatchers all week with an interesting fact or profile each day! #thankadispatcherWF
** Can You ID? **
WFPD Detectives are needing to identify the subjects pictured below in reference to a theft that occurred at the Faith Mission. If you can help, please contact us at 940-761-7792 or call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888 and reference case #19-040525. Thank you!
On 04-09-20, while investigating a series of vehicle burglaries nearby (Flo and Carlson area), officers observed 18 year old Jaylon Combs Richardson in the parking lot of the Wal-mart on Greenbriar. Combs Richardson was known to have an outstanding active warrant for Robbery. Combs Richardson was on foot and in the company of another male who was later identified as 19 year old Elijah Grant. When officers approached them, Combs Richardson was apprehended without incident. Grant took off running but was caught.
Combs Richardson was found to be in possession of a firearm that was stolen in one of the nearby vehicle burglaries. He was charged with the following:
- Robbery (warrant)
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon
- Theft of a Firearm
- Possession of Marijuana
Grant was found to be in possession of a firearm that was taken a few days ago in a non-related vehicle burglary. He was charged with the following:
- Evading Arrest
- Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
- Theft of a Firearm.