Start Your Own #9PMROUTINE

Have you seen or heard about the 9PM Routine on social media? It’s become a popular — and simple — way for citizens to protect their home and property. Every night at 9:00PM, we encourage the community to lock up property, turn on lights and bring in valuables to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to property crimes. Please take a moment to set a daily reminder on your cell phone, or other digital device, for 9pm and begin your own #9PMRoutine.

FREE Active Shooter Training

ATTENTION CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, CIVIC GROUPS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, AND MORE:

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in an active attack situation? How would you respond?

The Wichita Falls Police Department offers free CRASE training to citizens, businesses, and organizations. CRASE stands for Civilian Response To Active Shooter Events. The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

Here is what past attendees are saying about the course:

“This is an amazing program that so many need to know.” – Michelle

“The class was very informative. It has made me be more aware of my surroundings while I’m out in public.” – Teresa

“We are all much more aware of our surroundings at work, at home, or anywhere we go and we know how to plan and how better to respond in any emergency.” – Sherry

“Very good content and we feel much better equipped.” – Jimmy

If you would like this FREE training brought to your church, business, group, or organization please respond by submitting the following form and our CRASE Trainer will contact you for scheduling:

https://forms.gle/L8GMqQniyBMda5Tn9

Questions? Please contact our C.R.A.S.E. Instructor, Officer Jeff Hughes at jeff.hughes@wfpd.net

BEWARE – PHONE PHISHING SCAM ALERT

We have been made aware of a phone scam that has made it’s way to our city. During this scam, the caller states that they are calling from ONCOR and threatening to turn off the victims power within the hour for non-payment if the bill is not immediately paid over the phone. Please do not fall for this scam. This is not ONCOR.

If you have billing questions or disputes with ONCOR, or any other utility company, always reach out to them yourself to ensure that you are speaking to the correct people.

If you feel that you have already been a victim of this scam, please call our front desk at 940-761-7792 to file a report over the phone.

NOW HIRING POLICE OFFICER TRAINEES

TESTING DATE FOR NEXT POLICE ACADEMY IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2021. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS TEST IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2021.

*** NOW HIRING POLICE OFFICER TRAINEES ***Are you between the ages of 21-44 and looking for an exciting career with competitive pay & benefits? Do you enjoy serving others? If so, then we are looking for you!

How To Apply:

1) Fill out the application found here: https://bit.ly/3eZ3C1o

2) Once your application has been successfully submitted, download and print out the WFPD Personal History Statement Packet found here: https://bit.ly/36wQPzj

3) Fill out the Personal History Statement Packet completely and follow all instructions

4) Bring your COMPLETED Personal History Statement Packet with you on testing day (TBD)

NOTE: You must have your completed Personal History Statement Packet with you on the day of testing to be considered for employment!

For more information on our hiring process, please visit www.wfpd.net/hire

If you have a question that cannot be answered via our webpage, please call 940-720-5059.

WFPD Family Employee Spotlight

*** “WFPD Family” Employee Spotlight ***

Today is National Boss’s Day 2020 – Meet Police Chief Manuel Borrego!

Chief Manuel Borrego joined the Wichita Falls Police Department in 1982 after being honorably discharged from the USMC. He promoted through the civil service system to the rank of Captain. In 2010 he was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of the Field Services Division. In 2012 he was appointed to the position of Police Chief for the City of Wichita Falls.

Chief Borrego had a parallel career in the United States Army Reserves. He held the rank of Command Sergeant Major upon retirement in 2012 after 32 years of service. His overseas assignments included a tour in Okinawa Japan in 1980 with the USMC and in 2009 he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a detachment of the 95th Division. Major awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the Drill Sergeant Badge.

Chief Borrego’s education includes a Bachelor Degree from Midwestern State University. He is a graduate of the 182nd FBI National Academy and the Bill Blackwood Leadership Command College (LEMIT) Sam Houston State University. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy at Ft. Bliss Texas. He currently holds the TCOLE Master Peace Officer certification.

Chief Borrego serves on the Wichita Falls Faith Mission Board, Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and Partners in Education (PIE) Advisory Board.

Past board memberships include: Texas Police Chief’s Association Executive Board Region 5 Director, BSA Board Member, Veterans Advisory Council, and the Wichita Falls Downtown Lions Club.

Thank you Chief Borrego for your service and dedication to the citizens of Wichita Falls. You are a true hero!

Way To Go Colleen!

We would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Colleen Wetzel for being named City of Wichita Falls Employee of the Month at the last City Council meeting. Colleen works at our impound yard and loves serving the citizens of our great city! Way to go, Colleen! You deserve it!!!

Community Champions Day!

Today, Wichita Falls Police Department Chief Manuel Borrego and Deputy Chief Guy Gilmore participated in Community Champions Day for Meals on Wheels.

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

Thank you Meals on Wheels for everything that you do in our community!