WFPD takes extra safety precautions ahead of bank holiday weekend

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) – The 4th of July is a time to sit down and have fun celebrating our nation’s independence, but for the Wichita Falls Police Department, that means being on high alert higher than usual.

“We get calls for gunshots or fireworks, sometimes we don’t know the difference, and the callers don’t know the difference, so we have to pull back from what we’re trying to do to go and investigate those here,” said WFPD Sergeant Charlie Eipper.

Sergeant Eipper said that although the Fourth of July holiday weekend is still busy for them, with the increase in violence this summer they have decided to step up patrols ahead of the weekend.

“As for the Fourth itself, yes, we have a plan, we have an operation underway led by one of our lieutenants in command,” Eipper said. “We have officers from different units coming to help with this operation, and it’s just to provide a bit more security.”

Eipper said it would be a community effort to ensure the city has a safe weekend, and he wants residents to remember that shooting fireworks in the city is both illegal and dangerous.

After the number of fatal accidents the city has seen recently, Eipper wants to remind the public to be safe on the roads and not to drink and drive.

“We want people to enjoy and celebrate this very important holiday, but we just want everyone to be safe,” Eipper said. “That’s why we’re going to take more time to be there, so we can provide direction and order so everyone can stay safe and enjoy it.”

This upcoming vacation is expected to be hot, so Eipper wants you to remember to stay hydrated, too.

“Just drink lots of water and be careful,” Eipper said. “No one has an accident because they had too much water to drink, so you can always remember that, and it protects you from heat injuries.”

We at KFDX and KJTL wish you all a spectacular and safe 4th of July!

Eipper also encourages you to take advantage of some of the 4th of July events happening in the city if you want to see some fireworks.

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Susan W. Lloyd