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 3rd Quarter (April – June) Comprehensive STEP.
Speed – 406
Intersections – 20
Distracted Driving (Cell Phone Use) – 2
Seat Belt Violation (Adult) – 29
Seat Belt Violation (Child) – 0
In addition to the hazardous citations, the following citations, warnings or arrests were issued or made.
Non- Hazardous – 54
Written Warnings – 103
Arrests – 1
A total of 243 STEP hours were worked by officers and 2,364 miles were driven.
FY 2021 Comprehensive STEP totals to date:
Speed – 1167
Intersections – 49
Distracted Driving (Cell Phone Use) – 3
Seat Belt Violation (Adult) – 29
Seat Belt Violation (Child) – 0
Non- Hazardous – 158
Written Warnings – 318
Arrests – 1
Hours Worked – 708
Miles Driven – 6199
Remember to buckle up and slow down. Your life and the lives of others depend on it!
On 07-20-2021, at approximately 5:00am, WFPD patrol officers observed a truck backed up to an ATM at First Capital Bank, 2405 Kell East. Officers began to converge on the area and the vehicle fled the scene stopping behind the Cinemark Theater on Judson Circle. Patrol chased after the suspects and one suspect was caught on the front side of the theater.
The suspect was identified as 23 year old Seth Solomon Ashton Brashears. Investigation revealed that the truck being used had been stolen prior to the Attempted Theft of the ATM.
Brashears was arrested and charged with multiple crimes: Theft of Property < $300,000 ATM, Evading Arrest & Detention, and Possession of a Controlled Substance >= 1G < 4G.
The case is still under investigation.
If anyone has any other information about this crime, please contact us or call Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888.
Congratulations to Deputy Chief Guy Gilmore for recently graduating from the LEMIT Leadership Command College. Chief Manuel Borrego had the honor of being the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony for Class 89.
The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement. The program concluded on June 25, 2021 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University.
Each of the three 3-week modules attended by participants in the program is taught by top national and international law enforcement experts. Topics include leadership, professional ethics and integrity, communication, and personnel management issues. The Command College curriculum also strives to keep participants on top of contemporary issues in Criminal Justice.
This program is one of many offered by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, headquartered on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The Institute, known as “LEMIT,” has been training law enforcement managers and executives since its inception in 1987. LEMIT offers numerous seminars, training for police chiefs, and the leadership program, which is one of the premiere law enforcement academies in the nation. No tax monies are necessary to support LEMIT, which is funded by a surcharge on criminal court costs, affording eligible Texas Law Enforcement managers and executive’s essential professional development.
Between one and two thousand Texas law enforcement personnel benefit from LEMIT training each year.
WFPD Officers responded to the URHCS emergency room on 06-11-21, at 11:48 pm, to investigate the death of a one-year-old child. The child had been transported by a personally owned vehicle to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
On 06-18-21, based on the investigation, WFPD detectives obtained arrest warrants for the child’s parents for the offense of Injury to a Child, Elderly, or Disable Person with a bond of $500,000.00 each.
The parents, 24-year-old Christian Bishop-Torrence and 22-year-old Sage Wright were arrested on 06-18-2021 at about 8:00 pm at 1005 Westerly Place in Wichita Falls and transported to jail.
As mentioned above, boots is pictured with WFPD Dispatch Trainer Brittany Clark. In July, she will be celebrating her 8 year anniversary with the department. One of the things Brittany loves about her job is making difference in the community she serves.
Brittany, thank you for everything you do, especially helping Boots find his new family! We appreciate you!
On 06-13-21, at approx 1249 hours, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 blk of N. 7th in reference to a burglary of a building at that location.
The victim told officers that he was out of town when he got a motion alert on his phone from his home camera system. When he looked at his phone, he saw a blue Saturn under his carport and a white male, wearing a blue shirt, with his face up close to the camera. When he got home, he found that the lock on his shed had been cut and several of his tools had been stolen from inside.
Based on the information, officers searched the area and located a blue Saturn getting gas in the 2400 blk of Iowa Park Rd. As officers got closer, they discovered that the male in the driver’s seat matched the description of the burglary suspect and was wearing the same shirt.
The suspect was identified as Raymond North.
In plain view, officers could see a pair of bolt cutters and the stolen tools inside the car.
North was arrested for Burglary of a Building and transported to jail.
The vehicle was impounded and more of the stolen tools were recovered from the trunk.
Great job by everyone involved in this arrest and investigation!
UPDATE: On Saturday, just one day after this ran on social media, Lotus was adopted and found her new fur-ever home! Thank you!!!!
FUR-EVER FRIDAY IS BACK!!!!
Meet WFPD Front Desk Community Service Officer Monique Shull and this week’s adoptable pet, Lotus.
Lotus is a 3 year old female Boxer looking for her fur-ever home. She is very loving, good natured, calm, and she loves cats. If you would like to adopt Lotus or schedule a visit, please contact Animal Services at (940)761-8894 or stop by the facility at 1207 Hatton Rd. You can also visit their adoption page at: https://bit.ly/3czEqi1
As mentioned above, Lotus is pictured with WFPD CSO Monique Shull. She is one of our newest employees and has only been with us for about 6 months. She loves her job and enjoys helping the citizens (and pets) of our community.
Monique, thank you for everything you do, especially helping Lotus find her new family! We appreciate you!
The WFPD SWAT team executed a search warrant with the Crimes Against Property detectives on 06-10-2021 at about 3:00 pm at 505 Lee Street in search for 35-years-old Nolan Sylver Kerry. Kerry was wanted for thirteen felony arrest warrants out of Kaufman County, Texas. Kerry was arrested on the scene.
An additional search warrant was obtained to search for stolen property at 505 Lee. The WFPDdetectives located four stolen vehicles and additional items stolen during a train cargo burglary.
A third search warrant was obtained for the residence of Nolan Kerry at 814 N. Cottonwood street inWichita Falls. During the search of the residence, the detectives located more stolen property.
The Crimes Against Property detectives said more future criminal charges are expected to be filedagainst Kerry based upon the property located as a result of the search warrants.
Our cadweb site of active calls (http://cadweb.wfpd.net/) is currently down due to server maintenance. Once the maintenance is complete, the site will be up and running again. There is currrently no timetable as to when the maintenance will be complete but we hope it to be soon.