Now Hiring Police Officers

Are you between the ages of 21-44 looking for a new, exciting career? If so, come and join our team!We are currently hiring for the position of police officer!

We will provide all of the training and pay you while you do it!Starting Pay: Trainee $48,175.40 (while in the academy); Police Officer $55,769.22 (upon academy graduation)

Other Department Benefits:

Longevity Pay

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance

Retirement System (TMRS) 2 to 1 Match

Civil Service Rights and Protection

Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Sick Leave

Advancement Opportunities

TCOLE Certification Pay

Individually Assigned Vehicles

Field Training Officer Pay

SWAT Officer Pay

12 Hour Shifts (Shift Bid Program)

Alternating Saturdays Off

Supportive community

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We are currently hiring for the following positions:


2) Public Safety Dispatchers/911 Operators

3) Records Clerks


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FY 2021 4th 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, distracted driving (cell phones), and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Offices, Constable’s Offices, and local Police Departments.

The following hazardous citations were written during the 4th Quarter (July – September) Comprehensive STEP.

Speed – 453

Intersections – 12

Distracted Driving (Cell Phone Use) – 5

Seat Belt Violation (Adult) – 55

Seat Belt Violation (Child) – 1

In addition to the hazardous citations, the following citations, warnings or arrests were issued or made.

Non- Hazardous – 66

Written Warnings – 128

Arrests – 0

A total of 278.5 STEP hours were worked by officers and 2,615 miles were driven.

FY 2021 Comprehensive STEP totals (October 2020 – September 2021):

Speed – 1620

Intersections – 61

Distracted Driving (Cell Phone Use) – 8

Seat Belt Violation (Adult) – 122

Seat Belt Violation (Child) – 1

Non- Hazardous – 224

Written Warnings – 446

Arrests – 1

Hours Worked – 986.5

Miles Driven – 8814

Remember to buckle up and slow down.  Your life and the lives of others depend on it!


Deputy Chief Richard “R.W.” Smith Passes Away

It is with a very heavy heart that we report the passing of Deputy Chief Richard “R.W.” Smith following his long battle with cancer.

Deputy Chief Smith began his career with the WFPD in 1983 and graduated from our 41st Police Academy.

He had served our community for over 38 years.

Please keep his friends and family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Services are pending.

Deputy Chief Smith, rest easy brother. We have the watch from here!

Officer Involved Shooting News Release

The WFPD received a call this morning at about 7:40 am in regard to a domestic assault at 2507 8th street. The victim reported that her 17-year-old son had assaulted her and pointed a handgun at her.

The mother was able to leave the house and meet the responding officers at a near-by location.

Other officers set a perimeter around the house and attempted to call the suspect, Gabriel Varela, out of the house. However, Varela refused to exit the house.

WFPD detectives obtained a search warrant in order to arrest Varela for Aggravated Assault/Family Violence.

The WFPD SWAT team responded to the scene due to the high-risk nature of the situation.

Varela continued to ignore the requests by WFPD Negotiators to exit the house.

At about 1:15 pm, Varela exited to the rear of the house and fired shots at officers on the SWAT team.

Return fire from the SWAT team struck Varela. Sadly, Varela was declared deceased on the scene.

No officers were injured. The investigation of this incident is on-going.

Please keep the family of Gabriel Varela and the involved officers in your prayers.

Arrests Made in School Vandalism Case

WFPD officers responded to John Tower Elementary School located at 5200 Hooper on 09-12-21 at about 9:50 am to investigate a possible burglary of the building.

The officers found extensive property damage in the school. WFPD detectives responded to the scene. Photographs of the suspects were gathered from the school security footage. The photos were placed on the WFPD social media.

The WFPD received a Crime Stoppers tip later in the afternoon of 09-12-21 which aided in identifying the suspects.

The WFPD Juvenile Detectives arrested two 12-year-old males on the morning of 09-16-2021 for Burglary of Building and Criminal Mischief. The dollar value of the damage that was done to the school property is estimated at approximately $55,000.00.

The WFPD praises our citizens for the continued support and tips we receive through our Crime Stoppers program.

Juvenile Suspect Arrested

A 15-year-old male was arrested today just south of Dallas, Texas under a Directive to Apprehend order related to a burglary of a residence that occurred here in Wichita Falls this Summer.

Once the juvenile male is transported to the Wichita County Juvenile Detention Center, WFPD Juvenile Detectives plan to file more charges on the male related to the recent bomb threats.

A Crime Stoppers tip aided the WFPD in identifying the juvenile male as the suspect. Thank you for your help, Wichita Falls!

This was a coordinated effort between several agencies including but not limited to the WFPD, FBI, U.S. Marshals, Staff and Students of the WFISD, and Texas DPS. Outstanding work by all!