Applications are now being accepted for the Teen Citizen Police Academy to be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016. If you have ever wondered about the Winchester Police Department, about a possible career in Law Enforcement or to have the opportunity to see law enforcement in a different way, here is your chance to attend the Teen Citizen Academy. Click the link below to view the Teen Citizen Policy Academy page for the application and additional information.
The Winchester Police Department is hoping the owners of the following unclaimed property will come forward. If you believe one of these belongs to you, please contact the police department at 540-662-4131. You will be asked to provide documentation in order to claim the property.
- Yellow/black gas moped frame
- Red Scooter, missing seat
- 2005 Honda mobed red/white in color, spray painted black, black helmet with visor
- Black/White Wildfire Moped
- Black VIP Moped
- Black/Yellow flamed mini-motorcycle
- Yellow 4-wheeler
- Black, unknown brand, small 4-wheeler
Members of the Winchester Police Department’s Community Response Team (CRT) have partnered with local businesses to make the holiday season a little brighter for three local families. This year, and in year’s past, the CRT members have wanted to make a difference for residents in the City of Winchester. The officers and the following businesses provided donations and gift cards for the families:
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Chuck E Cheese’s
On Monday, December 14th at 3 p.m. the items will be delivered.
Winchester Police are hoping the owner of a large sum of money will come forward. The money was found on November 17th in the area of National Avenue. If someone has lost a large sum of money in that area they can make a claim at the Winchester Police Department by identifying the amount, the denominations, and naming other identifying features..
The Ricky Timbrook Food and Toy Drive is kicking off its 16th year of giving to local families in need. This year 30 Winchester families will benefit from the donations given by local residents. The drive provides less fortunate families in the city with gifts and meals around the holidays. The food and toy drive has been held every year since Ricky Timbrook was killed in the line of duty in 1999. Sergeant Timbrook had a passion for giving back to the community and his family, along with the Winchester Police Department, continues to carry on his legacy.
The Department of Social Services provides the list of families who will benefit from the annual drive. Toys are being collected for children who are 18 and under. Monetary donations are also being accepted. Those wishing to make a monetary donation can make checks payable to the Ricky Timbrook Memorial Foundation. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to the Winchester Police Department. The drive also includes non-perishable food items. The items will be collected until December 11th and will be delivered to the families on December 12th.
Collection boxes have been placed at seven locations throughout Winchester including:
- Timbrook Public Safety Center, Piccadilly Street
- War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park
- Joint Judicial Center, North Kent Street
- Rouss City Hall, North Cameron Street
- Daniel Morgan Middle School
- Handley High School
The Winchester Police Department would like to thank the public for helping out local community members who are in need this holiday season.
Winchester Police want safety to be the number one priority as shoppers head out later this week. The police department will have extra patrols in place Thanksgiving night and Black Friday. Shoppers are reminded to immediately report any suspicious activity or persons to the police department by calling the non-emergency number at 540-662-4131.
As you make your shopping list, make sure you’re checking it twice and include the following safety tips:
- Park in well-lit areas of store parking lots.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Lock your car doors.
- Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
- Shop with a friend or group.
- Place shopping bags in your trunk and do not leave packages visible in your car
- Leave your purse at home to avoid purse snatchers and pickpockets. Carry your ID and credit cards in a front pocket. If giving up a purse is out of the question, choose one with a long strap that can be worn over your head and covered with a jacket for safety. Do not leave your purse in your car.
- Be extra cautious when driving through parking lots and be aware of people who are walking to and from stores.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
The holiday season officially kicks off in Winchester on Monday, November 30th with the annual Old Town Christmas Parade and tree lighting. A number of street closures will be in place to allow the bands, floats, and of course Santa Claus to make their way through the city. The following streets will be shut down at 6 p.m. and will reopen immediately following the parade.
- Cameron Street from Fairfax Lane to Monmouth Street
- Piccadilly Street from Cameron Street to Braddock Street
- Braddock Street from Piccadilly Street to Cork Street
- Cork Street from Braddock Street to Kent Street
- Boscawen Street from Braddock Street to Kent Street
- Indian Alley from Piccadilly Street to Cork Street
Traffic will be diverted one block from each of the closures. Parking restrictions go into effect at 4 p.m. in areas marked with “No Parking” signs.
The parade gets underway at 7 p.m. Parking is available for $5 at any of the four downtown autoparks:
- George Washington & Court Square (on Cameron St) – Use Kent Street entrance/exit only
- Braddock Street Autopark – No exit allowed until parade in finished
- Loudoun Autopark – No access restrictions
We wish everyone a safe holiday season!.
Last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and recent active shooters incidents across the country have many concerned about their safety and the possibility of future incidents. With local law enforcement playing a key role in prevention and response efforts the Winchester Police Department wants the public to know how officers have been preparing for responding to critical incidents such as these.
Most recently the police department participated in two active shooter training exercises which provided scenario-based training to law enforcement personnel in a simulated critical incident environment. These drills took place in a local school and at a hospital. In addition, there are plans in place for a full scale drill in 2016.
Winchester Police Officers complete regular walk-throughs of City schools and monitor and critique school lockdown drills. Since 2013 the Winchester Police Department has trained all Winchester Public Schools staff on active shooter response and now complete training for all new school staff during orientation. That training includes how to respond to an active shooter incident and what the schools can expect from the police department’s response. We have partnered with the school system to review emergency plans and made recommendations to align those plans with the police department’s response.
The Winchester Police Department’s SWAT Team attended a week-long Department of Homeland Security First Responder Training, and members became instructors for Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bomber Incidents.
The police department has been working over the past few years to better equip officers with the tools needed to respond to critical incidents. Officers have received life-saving trauma kits which include tourniquets and other medical tools to assist with traumatic injuries and have received training on proper use and application. Officers have received critical infrastructure floor plans and the ability to access the buildings.
The police department hopes that preventive measures such as these help to ease public fears.
“We are constantly monitoring incidents both foreign and domestic to better prepare ourselves should an event occur here at home. We believe that we have made great strides in preparation over the past few years, however we feel we can always do more,” says Captain Doug Watson.
In preparing the general public, Captain Watson has presented a class on active shooter response to more than 1,000 local residents including a number of businesses in an effort to prepare residents if an event were to happen where they are. Captain Watson is offering this class to the public on Wednesday, December 9th from 6 – 9 p.m. at Shenandoah University’s Byrd School of Business in Stimpson Auditorium. To register please contact Amy Stotlemyer at email@example.com or call 540-545-4722.
Animal Control Officers are warning pet owners about the signs of a deadly disease found in dogs. In the last month the Winchester SPCA has seen eight cases of parvovirus in dogs. Half of those animals had to be put down because their condition was too severe and they didn’t respond to treatment. Animal Control Officers want pet owners to know that the number one defense against the disease is vaccinations.
What to Look For:
Parvovirus is a highly infectious disease that includes the following symptoms:
- Diarrhea (may be bloody)
- Loss of appetite
How to Prevent:
The virus is spread through contact with vomit and feces, and it can be carried on anything that comes in contact with these substances, including a person’s shoes, pet carriers, and a dog’s feet. Dog owners should also be aware that parvo can live in ground soil for up to a year.
Parvovirus can affect dogs of all ages, but most cases occur in puppies, so it’s important to isolate young dogs from other dogs until they’ve completed the parvo vaccination series.
Animal Control Officers recommend getting your dog vaccinated as a puppy and ensure it receives a booster a year after the initial vaccine series and revaccination every three years.
Pet owners who can’t afford medical treatment for their dogs are surrendering them to the SPCA which is putting other dogs at risk. The Winchester SPCA is taking every precaution to prevent the disease from spreading.