WFPD Invites Community to Celebrate 125 Years

WFPD Invites Community to Celebrate 125 Years

A Fall like morning made for the perfect setting to celebrate the Wichita Falls Police Department.

The force hosted an open house to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the department.

"The police department has been here since 1890 so it’s been a long time coming,” said Police Chief Manuel Borrego.

When the department was first established it had one chief and four officers serving a community of around 1,000 residents. Now, 125 years later the force has grown to around 200 officers.

Several of the different departments within the WFPD were out showing the public what they do.

"I wanted to make sure I could bring my son out so he could observe what officers do and what they can do for the community so that he has a better awareness of who they are,” Cody Shaw of Burkburnett said.

He and his wife brought their son to the open house to show him how fun officers can be.

"A lot of times when you see officers they have a tendency to maybe see them in a negative connotation. So I wanted to make sure he's able to see them, and of course what 4 year old doesn't like police cars,” Shaw said.

The K9 officers showed off their skills of sniffing out the illegal things, while their handlers had some fun with the large crowd.

“Lately with all the bad stuff going on around the country and people not liking police officers, it's awesome to see the citizens come out and show their support,” Officer New said.

This was the first open house for the police department since at least the 90s according to Chief Borrego. But citizens were more than willing to celebrate the 125 years of service to the community.

"I think they do a fantastic job. It's not an easy job. What they do every day, the things they have to face and yet they still do it every day with a smile on their face,” Gwen Hilliard of Wichita Falls said.