Police organization serves community

Wolfforth Police Detective Sean Cole, left, and Patrolman Ray Scifres stand outside Wolfforth City Hall. Cole is the president of the Wolfforth Professional Police Association and Scifres is the treasurer and secretary. (Photo by Joe Don Buckner)The Wolfforth Professional Police Association hasn’t been around for very long, but members already have some big plans to help make the Frenship Community a better place.

“We’re still new and feeling our way around,” said Officer Ray Scifres, the organization’s secretary and treasurer. “We’re kind of learning as we go.”

The association was chartered in December, and the first meeting was in March. Eight Wolfforth police officers and one reserve officer are members of the association.

Scifres said Wolfforth’s police officers agree they have a responsibility to do more than simply work their scheduled shifts.

“We drive around our city each day and see needs that need to be met,” he said.

The organization aims to meet those needs in the Frenship Community.

“We feel we have a duty to serve this community,” Scifres said. “We love the community we work in.”

Wolfforth Professional Police Association

Chartered: December 2007.
President: Sean Cole.
Vice President: Patrick Austin.
Secretary/Treasurer: Ray Scifres.
Goals: To help meet the needs of the community it serves and to create positive interactions between the officers and the community.

Members of the Wolfforth Professional Police Association hope to create positive interactions between officers and the community. Many people only have contact with police officers when something negative has happened to them, such as a home burglary or assault, Scifres said.

The first project for the association is to make a donation to the Frenship Mesa Park project. The idea for the donation came about when officers noticed people going door to door asking for donations for the park.

The next project officers have planned is a collection of old cell phones to donate to Women’s Protective Services in Lubbock.

Even without a service plan, when powered up, cell phones will call 911, Scifres said. The phones collected will be given to women in the shelter, and those women would be able to call for help in an emergency situation, he said.

During the Harvest Festival on October 18, officers plan to distribute free child ID kits to parents, Scifres said.

Upcoming projects

* Donation to the Frenship Mesa Park Project.
* Collection of old cell phones to donate to Women’s Protective Services. Drop-off locations in Wolfforth are: AIM Bank, 702 Donald Preston Dr.; ABC Bank, 530 E. U.S. 62/82; Discovery Depot, 518 E. U.S. 62/82; Rip Griffin Shell, 701 Dowden Road; and the Wolfforth Police Department, 328 E. U.S. 62/82.
* Free child I.D. kits to be given out at the Harvest Festival in October.

But members haven’t stopped planning beyond October. Scifres said members have plans to remain in the Frenship Community for a long time with plans as far as five years into the future.

“We want people to know . . . We feel we have a responsibility to service this community,” Scifres said. “We want to do the best that we can.”

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