The Winchester Police Department is pleased to announce the receipt of $117,414 in grant funding from the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This money will be used to purchase less than lethal weapons for the department, purchase training weapons that will allow officers to simulate live fire scenarios, and most importantly, fund interactions between our officers and young people in the community. These funds have been allocated to provide transportation to the Youth Development Center for officers and kids so they may recreate together to support the WPD community outreach efforts.
The funds for this grant were made available by the 2012 plea agreement entered into between Abbott Laboratories and the United States relative to the interstate commerce of mislabeled drugs. The Department submitted a proposal to the OAG in November of 2014, and the request was recently authorized.
The Winchester Police Department wishes to thank Retired Senator Russ Potts for his assistance in pursuing this funding.