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City of Bedford Appoints Brian Bosshardt as New City Manager
February 02, 2017

On January 31, 2017, the Bedford City Council voted unanimously to make Brian Bosshardt the new City Manager for Bedford. No specific start date has been confirmed, but it is expected that he will begin on or before April 15.

Bosshardt will replace Roger Gibson, who has served as City Manager for almost two years. Gibson announced his retirement late last year.

Bosshardt received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University and began his public career with the City of Scottsdale, AZ. Currently, Bosshardt is the Deputy County Manager of Incorporated City & County of Los Alamos, NM where he has served for almost five years. Prior to his appointment as Deputy County Manager, he served as Assistant to the County Administrator in Los Alamos County.

Bosshardt has 19 years of local government experience, is an accredited ICMA, International City Management Association, Instructor and has been facilitating the coordination of Los Alamos’ management action plans.

Effective at 5:00p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017, Assistant City Manager, Kelli Agan, will begin serving as Interim City Manager and she has the full support of the Mayor and City Council.

"Not only has Kelli done a fantastic job as Assistant City Manager, but her willingness to step in as Interim City Manager makes her such a valuable member of the Bedford Team," said Mayor Griffin. "We value and appreciate the dedication that she will bring to her time as Interim City Manager.”

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126

The City of Bedford Becomes First in Nation to Provide the ONCOblot Blood Test to Firefighters for Early Cancer Testing
January 25, 2017

The City of Bedford has become the FIRST City in the United States to partner with Mor-NuCo Enterprises to provide the ONCOblot early cancer detection testing for firefighters. City Council passed the resolution on Tuesday, January 24, authorizing the agreement to begin the ONCOblot testing, which is set to begin in mid-March 2017.

During fire suppression and overhaul activities, firefighters are exposed to smoke and other byproducts of combustion. Studies have revealed the presence of many known carcinogens within these bi-products, resulting in an increased exposure rate for firefighters, thereby directly contributing to a significantly higher rate of a cancer diagnosis.

Currently there are limited testing options for early cancer detection.   When patients begin to notice the signs and symptoms of cancer, the disease has often progressed to an advanced state, as late as stage four.  The ONCOblot blood test provides Bedford firefighters an advanced tool to help detect the possible presence of cancer in early stages.

This early detection is through a simple blood draw that identifies a specific type of protein in the blood called ENOX2, which exists on the surface of a malignant cancer cell. The ENOX2 proteins are shed into circulation and can be detected in the blood. These proteins serve as highly sensitive markers for tissue of origin. The initial testing will provide a baseline for all Bedford certified firefighters, and then repeated every five years.

The ONCOblot blood test is a valuable compliment to the Bedford Firefighters’ standard of care and has the potential to save lives through early cancer testing and detection.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer at 817-952-2126.

The City of Bedford Welcomes Back the College Gridiron Showcase with a 'It's Time Texas' Rally Event on Saturday, January 7
December 20, 2016

WHO: The City of Bedford and the College Gridiron Showcase
WHAT: A College Gridiron Showcase and ‘It’s Time Texas’ Kickoff Event
WHEN: Saturday, January 7 - 11:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
WHERE: 11:00a.m. – Pet Friendly Fun Walk at Texas Health HEB Fitness Center (1616 Hospital Pkwy) / 12:00p.m.– Rally at Pennington Field (1501 Central Dr.)

Football fever has hit the DFW Metroplex like never before and Bedford is ringing in the New Year with a Football Frenzy, Dual Event on Saturday, January 7 beginning at 11:00a.m.

For the second straight year, the College Gridiron Showcase (CGS) will be returning to Bedford January 7-11, featuring on-field and educational sessions for top football prospects. All practices and scrimmages held at Pennington Field are free and open to the public for viewing.  Expanding upon its previous successful partnership, the city will facilitate a series of ‘It’s Time Texas’ events and activities not only to further align CGS with local businesses and residents, but to bring the Bedford community together to rally for a healthy and fitness-filled 2017.  

Among the activities scheduled is the free Kick off Rally with a Pet Friendly Fun Walk and a Kids Football skills camp at Pennington Field on Saturday, January 7.  In and Out Burger will be onsite with free hamburgers for attendees and in the evening, a welcome party sponsored by and hosted at the Texas Harley-Davidson in Bedford.  

“The willingness of the city to work with us has been remarkable,” said Craig Redd, CGS ‎Co-Founder & Director of Operations.  “The city – along with its businesses and residents – has gone above and beyond to accommodate our players and families in a warm and welcoming environment.”

The College Gridiron Showcase is a college post-season showcase for NFL Draft-eligible players across all college football divisions.  CGS selects their prospects via a panel of football experts. Players will convene in Bedford for 5 days and 4 nights to be evaluated by professional football league scouts. The players receive professional coaching, mentoring, life coaching and seminars that will benefit them as they move forward in their professional lives in or out of football. 

“Through CGS, Bedford is able to showcase some of the best people and businesses our city has to offer, including people of all walks of life and from around the country,” said Bedford Events Manager, Wendy Hartnett.  “We are excited to expand our relationship, and look forward to using the event as a testament to the great things our city is doing.”

Additional information can be found below:

For more information contact Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


The City of Bedford Honors Two Women with the Life-Saving Award at the Annual Tree Lighting Event THIS Friday
November 30, 2016

The City of Bedford, Mayor Jim Griffin and the Bedford Fire Department will present two women with the Life-Saving Award at the Annual Tree Lighting Event on Friday, December 2. 

On August 2016 Amy Nabors and Megan Gebhart reacted quickly and calmly in a highly stressful, emergency situation in which a man was trapped under a vehicle.   Following the accident investigation by the Bedford Fire Department, there is no doubt the victim, Glen Milton, owes his life to the heroic actions of these women. 

The Awards Ceremony will be held on the Lawn of the Old Bedford School at 5:45p.m. Friday, December 2, 2016.

The event is a free, family-friendly event that kicks up the spirit of Christmas with cookie decorating, hay rides, bounce houses, pictures with Santa, the Tree Lighting and more! Events are scheduled from 4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. at both the Bedford Public Library and Old Bedford School.

For a complete list of activities, please visit www.bedfordtx.gov.

For more information, call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


City of Bedford Selects New Fire Chief
October, 03, 2016

The City of Bedford has selected Sean Fay to be its new fire chief.

Fay has over 25 years of experience in fire service and currently serves the city of Rowlett as the Assistant Fire Chief over operations and administration. He also serves as the fire department’s public information officer, arson investigator, professional standards investigator, and IT manager. He previously served part-time as the fire chief and fire marshal for the city of Fate.

Fay holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University and is a student in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP). He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Texas Fire Chiefs Association, International Association of Arson Investigators, Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force, North Texas Honor Guard Society, Fire Instructors Association of North Texas, and National Internal Affairs Investigators Association.

The nationwide fire chief search was conducted by Strategic Government Resources (SGR), a local government executive search firm based in Keller, Texas. SGR’s recruitment and vetting process produced an impressive field of candidates. Three semifinalists interviewed with the city on September 21, and Fay was selected from the group of experienced candidates to fill the position.

Fay will begin employment with the city on October 19, 2016.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Bedford 4thFest, Back at the New and Improved Boys Ranch Park
June, 15, 2016

The City of Bedford will hold the annual 4thFest Independence Day Celebration at the Boys Ranch Park on Monday, July 4. The event will be packed with fun activities and a Fireworks Extravaganza that is sure to impress.

Festivities begin at noon at the Splash Aquatics Center. Admission for Splash is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids under 18, and free to children two years and younger.

The 4thFest celebrations will kick-off at 3:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting celebration for the completion of Phase One Park improvements and an inaugural performance by “Twiggy“ the Water Skiing Squirrel. At 4:00p.m. enjoy the InflataFun Area (ticket purchase required), a free Children´s Pavilion Area, live music featuring Rodney Bowens and Live 80, a Classic Car Show and finally a salute to our soldiers. The firework show at 10:00p.m. will conclude the event.

Admission to 4thFest is free, and lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. Access to Boys Ranch Park will be RESTRICTED the evening of July 3 and all day July 4. In order to accommodate heavy pedestrian traffic, Forest Ridge Drive will be CLOSED from Harwood Road to Shady Lane from 4:00 p.m. until midnight on July 4.

Limited parking is available on-site for $20 via the Boys Ranch Park entrance on EB Harwood Rd. and $15 at the Bedford Public library and the Old Bedford School. It is a short walk to the event. There will NOT be a shuttle to the event this year, available parking areas will need to be utilized.

For information about the event or a complete schedule of activities, please call the Boys Ranch Activity Center at 817-952-2323.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Large Group Expected at the Bedford Pokemon GO Event THIS Saturday
July, 28, 2016

The City of Bedford is being taken over by Poké-fever!  Over 800 people have signed up on the city’s Facebook page to attend Bedford’s first Pokémon GO Event on Saturday, July 30 at the Boys Ranch Park Large Pavilion, 2801 Forest Ridge Dr.

The FREE event begins at 7:30p.m. and there will be food/drinks offered (while supplies last).  'Pokémon: The First' movie will be shown, as well as, a Poké-walk around the park, and Pokémon related vendors with unique items for purchase.

Charging stations will be available (visitors will need to bring their own charging cord) and fans are encouraged to dress up and cosplay. The event will be pet-friendly so folks can load up their leashed pet, their Pokéballs and be ready when the Pokémon come out of hiding!*

For additional information visit: www.facebook.com/events/1328061480555418/

*Not affiliated or endorsed by Niantic, Nintendo or The Pokémon Company.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Bedford Community Emergency Response Team sponsors a joint incident exercise
with Euless, Hurst, Keller and Saginaw.

June, 6, 2016

The Bedford Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is sponsoring a joint CERT exercise at Pennington Field on Saturday, June 11 beginning at 8:30a.m. CERT groups from Euless, Hurst, Keller and Saginaw will be participating along with Bedford and a total of over 60 volunteers are expected.

The purpose of the exercise is to ensure that CERT members are better prepared to assist local Police and Fire Departments during major incidents when normal resources are overwhelmed.

The exercise will include search, triage, documentation, communications and incident command components.

The CERT program is a FEMA sponsored program intended to ensure citizens are prepared to take care of themselves, their neighbors and their community during disasters in which first responders are not immediately available.

CERT members are trained in basic first aid, fire safety, light search and rescues and team participation.

As an example of the value of CERT teams, over 250 CERT trained volunteers from almost two dozen CERT groups responded to Rowlett after the December 26 tornadoes and assisted in damage assessment and other related activities.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Bedford's Amended City Ordinance on Peddlers and Solicitors
May 12, 2016

The Bedford City Council has approved an ordinance amending Chapter 90 “Peddlers and Solicitors” of the Bedford Code of Ordinances. 

This amendment allows for deleting sections 90-1 through 90-39 and adding new sections 90-1 through 90-28.  It also allows the deletion of Chapter 6 “Advertising”, Article II “Distribution of Handbills”; providing for purpose, definitions, regulation/restrictions for commercial and home solicitation and distribution of handbills.

Historically, both handbill distributors and solicitors have been required to obtain a permit through the Bedford Police Department.  However, the ordinances under which they were permitted and operated were separate.

Bringing the two ordinances together, under one chapter, allows for a more efficient process when accessing the information and also provides the opportunity to further implement clear expectations for solicitors and handbill distributors. 

Thus ensuring the safety of the community, all the while maintaining an environment that welcomes merchants and businesses to both advertise and sell their wares.

Notable changes are as follows:

  • Section 90-5: Do Not Solicit List – creation and distribution of a list by the Bedford Police Department containing the addresses of residential property in which the owner/occupant has elected not to permit soliciting on their property. This list will be provided to all permitted solicitors, as well as any requesting member of the public, and will be available via the City’s website.
  • Section 90-10: Vest Requirement – requires permitted solicitors to wear a traffic safety vest making them visible to motorists and to easily identify them as being registered with the City.
  • Section 90-11: Time Restrictions – revises the daily time frame during which soliciting is permitted, and also includes a provision that prohibits soliciting from occurring on Sundays and certain holidays. (No Person may conduct commercial home Solicitations or Handbill distributions before the hour of 9:00 A.M.; or After 8:00 P.M.; or Sunday; or Any of the following holidays:  New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King’s Birthday; Washington’s Birthday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Bedford Citizen Observation Program: BCOP
May 12, 2016

The Bedford Police Department is looking for homeowners and businesses in the City of Bedford who have security camera systems and would be willing to participate in a new program designed to assist officers in solving crimes.

The Bedford Citizen Observation Program (BCOP) is a voluntary registry that officers can quickly access in order to make contact with members that may have captured video of a crime that occurred in the area. 

Video plays a very important role in helping police identify the crime/criminal. Residents who take part in this program demonstrate their willingness to take ownership in the crime fighting process, all to help make Bedford a safer place to live.

Registration forms may be found online at www.bedfordpolice.com or at the Bedford Police Department.

All completed forms should be dropped off or mailed to:

Bedford Police Department
Attn: Community Services
2121 L. Don Dodson Dr.
Bedford, TX 76021

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


The City of Bedford's Safe Return Program
May 12, 2016

The Bedford Police Department’s Safe Return Program is a voluntary service open to anyone with a family member residing in Bedford with dementia, Alzheimer’s or a developmental disorder diagnosis. 

All the information provided will assist officers with locating a family member if they become lost or go missing.  This will also aid in the process of meeting state requirements when requesting a Silver Alert or Endangered Missing Person.

Registration forms may be found online at www.bedfordpolice.com or at the Bedford Police Department.

All completed forms should be dropped off or mailed to:

Bedford Police Department
Attn: Community Services
2121 L. Don Dodson Dr.
Bedford, TX 76021

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


The City of Bedford holds its fourth annual ArtsFest Saturday, April 2
March 28, 2016

In collaboration with the Bedford Cultural Commission, the City of Bedford will hold ArtsFest on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00a.m. to 8p.m at the Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Dr. 

This family friendly festival will promote and celebrate the arts in Bedford and will feature artists, musicians and performers who contribute to the dynamic heritage of the North Texas region.  Enjoy an assortment of food vendors, musical entertainers and art of all shapes and sizes at the historic Boys Ranch Park.  In years past, the City has seen a tremendous outpouring of residents and guests supporting this endeavor and we hope to continue with the tradition. 

The fourth annual Bedford ArtsFest is a single-day event that adds vibrancy to mid-cities by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to celebrate the arts of North Texas.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Confirmed Rabies in Deceased Skunk
November 24, 2015

On November 23, 2015, the Bedford Animal Control Division impounded a deceased skunk which may have had contact with a resident’s dog in the area of Cedar Grove Lane.  The skunk was sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory in Austin, Texas, for testing and was confirmed positive for rabies.

The Bedford Animal Control Division is reminding residents that anyone who has contact with wild animals should use caution. Also, carefully observe any pets that may have contact with wild animals.  Residents are advised to always keep their pets under personal control and observation when out-of-doors.

Anyone observing any animal they suspect to be rabid should avoid contact.  Common symptoms of rabies include, but are not limited to: lethargy, fever, vomiting, anorexia, full or partial paralysis, seizures, excessive salivation, aggression, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or other abnormal behavior.

Anyone believing they have observed or come in contact with an animal they believe may be rabid should contact the Bedford Police Department at 817-952-2127 or the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Program at 512-776-7255.

Animal contact, such as bites or scratches, may lead to exposure to rabies.  Infected animals can transmit the rabies virus prior to the onset of symptoms. Rabies presents a serious health risk to humans and pets.  Rabies is always fatal if left untreated.

Vaccination of all cats and dogs is required by state law and is the first line of defense against human infection.  We urge every cat and dog owner to have all of their animals vaccinated and to keep vaccinations up to date. Please see your veterinarian for more information on rabies vaccination.


For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer, at 817-952-2126


Glenbrook Neighborhood Receives City Proclamation for 25 Year Tradition
November 19, 2015

The Glenbrook Homeowner’s Association, 1820 Glenbrook Court, will receive a proclamation, “Christmas Display of the City of Bedford 2015,” from the Bedford Mayor and City Council on Sunday, November 22 at 4:30p.m.  

In 1990 the Glenbrook HOA Christmas Committee decided to decorate the entire neighborhood in the theme, “The Night Before Christmas…In Texas, That Is,” a book written by Leon Harris.  Throughout the years, the neighborhood gained more and more recognition with an article in the Star Telegram, visits from the book’s author and numerous cars, buses and campers driving through to enjoy the storyboards and holiday lights.

Now, 25 years later, this tradition is still going strong and for their dedication in decorating the Glenbrook neighborhood for the past 25 years, Mayor Jim Griffin and City Council members will award them with the “Christmas Display of the City of Bedford 2015” proclamation on Sunday.

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Marketing Specialist at 817-952-2126


Jeff Gibson appointed Police Chief for Bedford  
September 9, 2015

City Manager, Roger Gibson, has appointed Jeff Gibson as Police Chief for the City of Bedford, effective immediately.

Jeff Gibson, a 20-year veteran with the Department, has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Sociology.  Prior to joining the Bedford Police Department Gibson served as a Firefighter in the Houston area for two years.

During his tenure at the Police Department, Gibson served in many capacities and ranks including: Narcotics Officer, SWAT Team Leader, and Training/Recruiting.

Gibson was instrumental in the formation and implementation of a quarterly core training curriculum for sworn and civilian Department Members.  Gibson also serves as the law enforcement liaison for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District, helping to prepare and train faculty on active shooter classes and other safety programs for the District.

Gibson has the full confidence of the Bedford City Administration. “Jeff is a very effective communicator, detail-oriented, understands the community and has the innate leadership skills that transcend rank,” City Manager, Roger Gibson said. “He has wide-spread support within the department and from our community.  I am confident Jeff is the right choice to effectively lead the men and women of the Bedford Police Department.”

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer at 817-952-2126


First Positive West Nile Mosquito in Bedford
August, 24, 2015

The Tarrant County Public Health Department notified the City of Bedford of a West Nile positive mosquito sample in the 2000 block of Forest Ridge near L. Don Dodson Drive. This is the first West Nile positive mosquito sample this year in Bedford.   Following the mosquito management plan approved by city council, the Bedford Public Works Department has increased surveillance in the area and continues to be proactive to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Please take the necessary precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, especially during the morning and evening hours.  Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, use DEET-based insect repellent spray and empty standing water from flowerpots, buckets and other mosquito breeding areas.

Please contact the Public Works Department at 817-952-2200 for more information about West Nile Virus.
For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Marketing Specialist at 817-952-2126

The Bedford Public Library Closed August 12 for Technology Facelift
August 3, 2015

The Bedford Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, August 12 to make technological updates and improvements.

The Library recently purchased 12 new Apple computers and software with $10,000 that was awarded to them by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.  These computers will have high end video and music editing capabilities as well as Microsoft Suite, Keynote, Pages and Numbers software for Mac. 

The Library also received $13,000 from the Bedford Library Foundation and was approved a budget supplemental by City Council to make improvements to the bandwidth.  Currently they have a12 Megabytes Per Second (MA/s) bandwidth that will be upgraded to 50 MA/s on August 12 which will allow Library visitors to use wireless printing from any mobile device or laptop.

These new amenities will be available to the public beginning Thursday, August 13. 


Roger Gibson appointed City Manager for Bedford
June 24, 2015

At the Bedford City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Mayor and council members voted unanimously to make the interim assignment of City Manager, Roger Gibson, permanent, effective immediately. 

Gibson served in the United States Marine Corps prior to joining the Bedford Police Department as a police officer in November 1983.  In his 32 year career Gibson was promoted numerous times and was named Police Chief on July 9, 2011.  

Under his leadership, the Repeat Victimization Unit was created at the Police Department as a means to reduce domestic violence and to provide alternative options to address mental health related incidents. 

Through Gibson’s coordinated efforts with local businesses he implemented a camera surveillance within the Bedford business and retail community.  He also created a video-monitored “Exchange Zone” which provides a safer alternative for the exchange of goods purchased over the internet and/or child custodial exchanges. Both the Victimization Unit and the Exchange Zone received national media attention.

“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve as the Bedford City Manager,” Gibson said. “I look forward to working with the Council, City staff, our residents and businesses to further improve the quality of life here in Bedford. I am blessed to work with a tremendous team of directors and staff.”

Gibson has the full trust and confidence of the Mayor and City Council.

“Roger has done an incredible job in the short time he has been interim City Manager,” said Mayor Griffin. “He has created a new culture for the Bedford employees and we have seen a dramatic improvement in internal and external communication. I look forward to the collaboration and team approach that Roger is instilling in the organization.”


Taste of Texas Meets Mayor’s Hunger Challenge Event THIS Saturday in Bedford
June 24, 2015

On Saturday, June 27, the City of Bedford, along with Adam Smith Harley Davidson, will be hosting the ‘Taste of Texas Meets the Mayor’s Hunger Challenge’ Event from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. at the Bedford Adam Smith Harley Davidson building, 1839 Airport Freeway.  The goal is to raise awareness about the nationwide problem of hunger as well as collect canned and boxed food donations to help Bedford Mayor, Jim Griffin, win the 6Stones challenge against Hurst and Euless.

The motorcycle motorcade will arrive at Harley Davidson to kick off the event at noon, followed by live music from 57 Sauce and food vendors of all kinds.  Visitors that donate a boxed/canned food item or a monetary donation will get a special surprise for the palette.

For additional information on the Mayor’s Hunger Challenge, please visit www.6stones.org/hunger


Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th – 31st 
Bedford Law Enforcement Will Show Zero Tolerance

Bedford, Texas – Once again, the Bedford Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 through May 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Traffic Sergeant Mike Hager. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained. During the evening hours, from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Bedford, Texas, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $219.00.

Locally, almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females.  The males also had a lower seat belt utilization, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2013, more than half (54%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 41 percent were not buckled up.

“If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” added Sergeant Hager. “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention, and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.”

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot or TexasClickItorTicket.com.

CONTACT: Sergeant Mike Hager, 817-952-2488, james.hager@bedfordtx.gov


NEW POLICE PROGRAM – “EXCHANGE ZONE”

The Bedford Police Department, in partnership with Wildfire Camera Networks, has implemented a program known as the “Exchange Zone.” The program is designed to provide a safer alternative for the exchange of goods purchased over the internet (for instance, responding to a Craigslist add) and/or child custodial exchanges. 

The Police Department has designated three clearly marked parking spaces in the front parking lot of the Law Enforcement Center.  These parking spaces and the lanes of travel to and from the parking spaces are under constant video surveillance.  The Law Enforcement Center is located at 2121 L. Don Dodson Drive, Bedford, Texas. 

As part of the Exchange Zone program, the Police Department welcomes the public inside the lobby during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to request a check of serial and/or VIN numbers to ascertain if the item(s) are stolen.

The Bedford Police Department encourages citizens to consider safer options, such as the Exchange Zone, when arranging a location to conduct e-commerce style transactions.



Spring Break Impaired Driving Mobilization
Posted: March 11,2015

The Bedford Police Department has been awarded funds through the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to participate in their Impaired Driving Mobilization program. The Bedford Police Department will be conducting specialized traffic enforcement details in impaired driving high risk locations during this Spring Break season. The enforcement details will concentrate during times when alcohol-related crashes frequently occur. The Bedford Police Department will begin their enforcement on March 11, 2015, and conclude on March 22, 2015.

For additional information regarding this program, please contact Sgt. Tyler Stillman at 817.952.2483.


Bedford City Manager Retires, Police Chief appointed interim
Posted: February 11,2015

At the Bedford City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Mayor Jim Griffin announced the retirement of City Manager Beverly Griffith.  Griffith served the City of Bedford since June 8, 1995.  Griffith began her career in Bedford as the Director of Administrative Services.  In that capacity, she managed many of the financial aspects of the city including finance, water billing, customer service, and municipal court.  On July 7, 2005, she was promoted to Deputy City Manager and was later named Acting City Manager on January 10, 2006. Griffith had served as City Manager since June 27, 2006.    Under Griffith’s leadership, the City recovered from the impacts of the 2005 rollback election and experienced many outstanding achievements including the building of a new state-of-the-art Library, numerous capital improvement projects, the completion of the visioning process for Bedford Commons and the beginning of a three million dollar renovation of the Bedford Boys Ranch Park.  Her almost 20 year career in Bedford will have a lasting impact in Bedford and she will always remain an important part of the city’s history. 

“I have been honored to work with Beverly through the years I have served the city of Bedford,” said Mayor Jim Griffin.  “Beverly’s exceptional financial knowledge has streamlined and improved the city’s budget process and placed our city on sound financial footing. Bedford has benefited from the leadership Beverly demonstrated throughout her service to our city.”

City Council also named Police Chief Roger Gibson as Interim City Manager effective immediately.  Gibson began his career in Bedford as a Police Officer on November 1983.  He earned numerous promotions during his tenure and was named Police Chief on July 9, 2011. 

“The council and I are committed to an ongoing process that results in moving our city forward.  Thanks to Beverly’s leadership, we are in a position to move past crisis management and toward creating a vision for our city’s future.  This requires strong leadership to bring everyone involved into the process. I believe Roger Gibson will bring a new energy and spirit to the entire organization, and consequently he is the right person to lead this cultural change.  The council and I look forward to the city’s very bright future,” said Griffin.

SMOKING BAN IN LOCAL RESTAURANTS

The Bedford City Council approved a new ordinance banning smoking in local restaurants.  This ordinance also prohibits smoking within 10 feet of the primary entrance or open window of the establishment.

An exception to the ordinance has been built in for businesses that derive more than 50 percent of their gross revenue from alcohol sales.  There are 5 establishments that fit that description in Bedford.

Smoking will be permitted on outdoor patios, provided they meet the following criteria.  The patio must be physically separated from the establishment and more than 10 feet from the primary entrance.              

This ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

Distracted Driving Ordinance

On November 18, 2014, the Bedford City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting distracted driving practices as they relate to portable electronic devices.

Types of actions that are considered "use" in the ordinance are as follows:
- viewing the display screen of a portable electronic device
- holding a portable electronic device in a position to talk into or listen on
- manipulating a portable electronic device by interacting with its display screen or pushing any button to enter text, dial numbers, or to engage in any other function.

The ordinance DOES NOT prohibit GPS devices affixed to a vehicle, a hands-free device, or the utilization of a portable electronic device in an emergency situation.

For a more detailed press release please visit the Bedford Police Department
To review the ordinance in its entirety, please click here.

For additional information or questions please call the Bedford Police Department at 817-952-2127.



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