NTelos Wireless Customers are experiencing technical difficulties when calling 911 to reach the Winchester Emergency Communications Center. NTelos Wireless Customers are asked to please call the non-emergency number at 540-662-4131 until further notice. NTelos Wireless has been notified about this issue and they are working to correct the problem. At this time we have not been given an estimated time for the issue to be resolved, however, we will notify the public as soon as this problem is fixed.
1 in 4 teens have misused or abused prescription drugs according to the Partnership at drugfree.org. You can help stop prescription drug abuse by dropping off your expired, unused, or unwanted medications for safe disposal and by locking up medicine to ensure it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Drop off your unwanted medications at collection site near you!
|WINCHESTER SHERIFF’S OFFICE||ROTZ PHARMACY PARKING LOT
ACROSS FROM JAMES WOOD MID SCHOOL
|1338 AMHERST STREET||WINCHESTER||VA, 22601|
|WINCHESTER SHERIFF’S OFFICE||CVS PHARMACY PARKING LOT
PARKING LOT NEAR ENTRANCE
|804 BERRYVILLE AVENUE||WINCHESTER||VA, 22601|
|WINCHESTER SHERIFF’S OFFICE||FREDERICK COUNTY/ WINCHESTER JOINT JUDICIAL CENTER
FRONT PARKING LOT, CAMERON STREET SIDE
|5 N. KENT STREET||WINCHESTER||VA, 22601|
|FREDERICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE||WINCHESTER ELKS LODGE
|466 FRONT ROYAL PIKE||WINCHESTER||VA, 22602|
|FREDERICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE||CVS PHARMACY – PARKING LOT
PARKING LOT OR INSIDE BREEZEWAY
|1379 NORTH FREDERICK PIKE||WINCHESTER||VA, 22603|
|FREDERICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE||MARTIN’S FOOD MARKET
INSIDE NEXT TO PHARMACY
|240 ELIZABETH DRIVE||STEPHENS CITY||VA, 22655|
The Winchester Police Department has an opening for a Police Officer I (Animal Control) position. Applications will be accepted through October 3rd. Selected candidates will be notified and invited to participate in the physical and written testing to be conducted on October 17th. Please click here to apply.
For more information on a career with the Winchester Police Department please visit http://winchesterpolice.org/police-career-opportunities.
The Winchester Police Department and Winchester Medical Center are teaming up for the 9th Annual Community Safety Fair. The event is Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Jim Barnett Park. The Community Safety Fair is a free event with more than 50 exhibitors, hands-on activities, learning, and fun for everyone. Come join law enforcement officers, hands-on activities, learning, and fun for everyone.
WINCHESTER – The 2014 Valor Award Winners have been revealed. Today the Chamber announced the winners during a press conference. The specific awards they are receiving will be announced at the Valor Awards Ceremony in October. The award recipients are:
- Detective Jonathan Dixon, Winchester Police Department
- Master Patrol Officer Adam McCoy, Winchester Police Department
- Lisa Craft, Citizen
- Deputy Stephen Moore, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
- Master Patrol Officer Michael Brunson, Winchester Police Department
- Detective Charles Barlow, Winchester Police Department
- Sergeant Wayne Monse, Winchester Police Department
- Corporal Chris Ivins, Winchester Police Department
- Master Patrol Officer Michelle Hearn, Winchester Police Department
- Winchester/Frederick County Fire/Police Emergency Services Chaplains
- Costco Employees – Doug Barrett, Courtney Brown, Linda Delozier, Fonda Engle, Dave Michael, Jim Moyer, Danny Padgett, Ron Raines, Ron Routhier, Mike Shake, and Billy Wallace
The awards will be presented at the Valor Awards Ceremony on October 23th from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Inn & Conference Center in Winchester. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Winchester Fire and Rescue Foundation.
The deadline is quickly approaching for the Golden Seal Charity Challenge to benefit the Youth Development Center. Teams have until September 15th to sign up to compete in this year’s event. On Saturday, September 27th, teams will participate in eight physical challenges including swimming, running, starting a fire, shooting, giving first aid, building and climbing a log wall, carrying sandbags, and climbing a rope.
The Winchester Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and Winchester City Sheriff’s Office have each signed up teams to compete.
This year there are two divisions: a Master’s Division for teams with all members age 40 and older and an Open Division for teams with members age 16 and older. Each team must have a minimum of five members, but may have up to six members. Register your team today to go head to head against officers in your community. You must register by September 15th. For more information on the Charity Challenge visit winchesterpolice.org or myydc.org.
The YDC provides area youth with the opportunity for recreational and educational programs focused on their total development. The programs provide resources and services to empower youth to improve the quality of their lives.
To see a video of last year’s event visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFB5W1Nw5qI.
The Winchester Police Department is urging drivers to be extra vigilant in locking their car doors and will be leaving warnings on vehicles left unsecured in an effort to cut down on larcenies from motor vehicles. The police department is investigating 66 reports of larcenies from motor vehicles since July 1. Nearly all of the cars that were reportedly broken into were left unlocked. Officers will be checking car doors and will be leaving warnings on the vehicles that are left unlocked. The warning will read:
“The Winchester Police Department was busy last night patrolling your neighborhood. We found your car door unlocked. Had we been bad guys your possessions could be gone! Please lock your doors. The vast majority of our crime is due to people leaving doors unlocked. Help us help you! Secure your vehicle and send the bad guys away.”
Thieves have been targeting cars in neighborhoods throughout the city and are looking for money, electronics, cell phones, navigation systems, wallets, and purses. We cannot urge the public enough to stop these thieves in their tracks by protecting your valuables and doing your part to prevent becoming a victim of this crime.
The Winchester Police Department has recently acquired two specialty vehicles to assist with handling non-conventional incidents. The rapid deployment vehicle replaces a vehicle that has been in service for a number of years. It is used by the SWAT Team in tactical situations to transport team members and their equipment to a scene. In addition, the Winchester Police Department and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office have each acquired an armored vehicle joining hundreds of other agencies across the nation. The Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected “MRAPs” were acquired in May through the military surplus program. The vehicle will be used by the Winchester Police Department as a rescue vehicle to evacuate a citizen, hostage, or officer who is injured or down in what is considered a “hot zone”.
The MRAP which is valued at $733,000 came at no cost to the agencies, outside of a delivery fee.
As students head back to school next week in Winchester, we want drivers to be By the Book when it comes to safety. The first day of school for students in the city is Monday, August 11th. There will be an increased presence of officers at schools during the first week in an effort to ensure safety.
The Winchester Police Department is asking drivers to use extra caution on area roadways by:
- Adding extra time to their morning and evening commutes to accommodate extra traffic.
- Following speed limits.
- Paying close attention to school bus warning lights
- Being extra vigilant of students who are walking and riding a bike to school.
More than 23 million students nationwide ride the bus to and from school. Motorists are reminded that when a school bus is displaying flashing red lights, those traveling in both directions must stop, except on divided highways. Violators will be charged with reckless driving, a class 1 misdemeanor that is punishable with up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. Children are our most vital assets and the inconvenience of taking a few extra seconds to stop for a school bus is insignificant compared to jeopardizing a child’s life.
Parents are asked to supervise their children at bus stops and encourage safety when loading and unloading on a school bus. Motorists who are transporting children to and from school are reminded to ensure they are safely restrained in seat belts, booster seats, and child restraint devices.
We wish all local students, teachers, and school staff a safe and happy first day of school.
The Winchester Police Department will be holding an Active Shooter Presentation for members of the community on September 16th from 7 – 9 p.m. Captain Doug Watson will discuss how the public can prepare for and respond to this type of event.
In addition, the Winchester Police Department and Shenandoah University are hosting Lt. Col. Dave Grossman on October 23rd. Lt. Col. Grossman will discuss terrorism at schools, critical incident stress, and ”bulletproofing the mind.”