Community Response Team Receives Hero Award

Members of the Community Response Team Receive the William D. Barton Hero Award

Members of the Community Response Team Receive the William D. Barton Hero Award

Congratulations to the Community Response Team on receiving the William D. Barton Hero Award Tuesday morning during the Employee Recognition Breakfast. The CRT was recognized for its public service to the community. The team tackles special projects in the City and works to make Winchester a better and safer place to live, work, and visit. Join us in thanking them for their service!



Robin Shillingburg is recognized for her 15 years of service.

Robin Shillingburg is recognized for her 15 years of service.

Robin Shillingburg was recognized for her 15 years of services with the Winchester Police Department. She has worked in our Records Department her entire career and is currently a Community Resource Officer. Thank you Robin for your dedication and service!







Janet Pope is recognized for her 35 years of service.

Janet Pope is recognized for her 35 years of service.

Janet Pope was recognized for her remarkable 35 years of service with the Winchester Police Department. Janet handles the warrants for our department and stays busy delivering paperwork to the courthouse each day. What an incredible example of dedication!

Community Information Sessions Bring Awareness to Substance Abuse

The severity of heroin addiction in the Northern Shenandoah Valley continues to be apparent with eight overdose deaths between January 1 and March 11, 2015. The Addiction Action Committee (AAC), a coalition of law enforcement, health, criminal justice, and social service experts, is calling on the larger community to learn more about the complex problem of opioid and heroin addiction.

Community Forum on HeroinThe AAC is sponsoring two free programs to address this community health issue. The Community Forum on Heroin will be held March 31st at 7 p.m. in Stimpson Auditorium at Shenandoah University. Attendees will hear from a local father about his long struggle with addiction, how he overcame the disease and turned his life around. A panel of speakers will address the scope of heroin addiction in our community and solutions being explored by the AAC. Lastly, Lt. Wally Stotlemyer from the North West VA Regional Drug Task Force will describe what law enforcement is doing to combat the problem and explain the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and what to watch for.

A second community event titled Your Kids Know More Than You Do: Straight Talk for Parents About Teen Drug Use will be held on Tuesday, April 14th at 7 p.m. in the Patsy Cline Auditorium at Handley High School. Will Rushton, M.D. is an emergency physician at UVA Medical Center who specializes in medical and clinical toxicology. Dr. Rushton will share information on current trends of recreational drug abuse and what parents need to be aware of. This presentation is for adults only.

The Addiction Action Committee is working to educate the community about the far-reaching impacts of substance abuse and the importance of tacking the problem openly, as a community. The AAC encourages the public to attend both of these events.

For more information on the AAC and Addiction Resources in the Northern Shenandoah Valley visit

These events are being sponsored by Casey Family Programs.

Missing Woman Found

Joyce Wise

Joyce Wise

A 59-year-old Frederick County woman was located early Thursday morning after she went missing at Winchester Medical Center. Joyce Wise was at the hospital around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday visiting someone when she couldn’t be located. The Winchester Police Department was notified just before 7 p.m. and responded to the scene. Wise was found safe in a patient room around 1 a.m.

Virginia State Police, along with a K9 Unit, responded to the scene to assist in the search.

The Winchester Police Department utilized the new Winchester Emergency Notification System to notify 2,500 residents within a two mile radius of Winchester Medical Center about the missing person.

Register Today to Receive Alerts

Register today to receive notifications about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables the City of Winchester to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of emergency situations. Everbridge

Emergency messages will come from: (540) 662-9851
Non-Emergency message will come from: (540) 662-9850
Text messages will come from: 893-61

We encourage you to save the 893-61 number on your mobile phone as “Winchester Alert”.

You can also choose to subscribe to the following non-emergency alerts:

  • Refuse/Recycling Collection Changes
  • Non-Emergency Law Enforcement Info
  • City Facility Closures
  • Snow Plan Activation/Deactivation
  • Non-Emergency Fire & Rescue Info
  • Special Events-Public Safety

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.  Only addresses with 22601 can register.  Questions? Call the City’s Public Information Officer at (540) 667-1815.

Residents without Internet access can register by calling 540-545-4739 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register now click here.

Apply Now to Become a WPD Police Officer

The Winchester Police Department is currently accepting applications for police officer positions until March 20th. We do not currently have any positions available, but we will be creating an eligibility list that will be held for six months. Selected candidates will be notified, via e-mail, of their invitation to participate in the physical and written testing to be held on April 3rd.

For more information about the application process click here.

To apply click here.

Winchester Police Investigate Burglary

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at Olde Towne Realty located in the 1800 block of Valley Avenue. On Monday officers responded to the business around 9 a.m. for a reported burglary and forced entry. Sometime between Friday, February 20th around 5 p.m. and Monday morning someone had broken into the business and taken an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in this case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

New Signs Designate Snow Emergency Routes

The Winchester Police Department wants to educate the public on the importance of keeping designated emergency routes clear of vehicles during heavy snow storms. When snow plan B is in effect no one is DSC_4525permitted to park or leave a vehicle on any snow emergency route. Vehicles in violation will be towed at the owner’s expense. The streets that are designated as snow emergency routes have been determined to be the major traffic arteries, which need to be kept open at all times. The City has recently placed new signs along these routes to keep the public informed. The snow emergency routes are cleared first by the Public Works Department and having these streets cleared of parked vehicles helps crews do a more thorough job of clearing the roadway. The following streets have been designated as snow emergency routes:

  1. Amherst Street, from Boscawen Street to Route 37 (U. S. Route 50).
  2. Boscawen Street, from Braddock to Amherst Street (U. S. Route 50).
  3. Braddock Street, from Boscawen Street to Valley Avenue (U.S. Routes 50 and 11).
  4. Valley Avenue, from Loudoun Street to corporate limits (U.S. Route 11).
  5. Gerrard Street, from Braddock Street to Cameron Street (U.S. Routes 50 and 11).
  6. Millwood Avenue, from Cameron Street to Frontage Road (U.S. Routes 17 and 50).
  7. Cameron Street, from Gerrard Street to Loudoun Street (U.S. Route 11).
  8. Loudoun Street, from Cameron Street to corporate limits (U.S. Route 11).
  9. Fairmont Avenue, from Piccadilly Street to corporate limits (U.S. Route 522).
  10. Piccadilly Street, from Fairmont Avenue to East Lane (U.S. Routes 50, 7, and 522).
  11. East Lane, from Piccadilly Street to National Avenue (U.S. Route 7).
  12. National Avenue, from East Lane to Berryville Avenue (U.S. Route 7).
  13. Berryville Avenue, from National Avenue to Ross Street (U.S. Route 7).
  14. Stewart Street, from Gerrard Street to Boscawen Street
  15. Washington Street, from Gerrard Street to Fairfax Lane
  16. Cork Street, from Washington Street to Academy Lane
  17. Clifford Street, from Washington Street to Handley Avenue

Snow emergency route designation is covered under City Code Section 14-32.



Crime Solvers Tip Leads to Arrest of Wanted Person

Winchester Police arrested a wanted person Tuesday morning after a tip called in to the Crime Solvers HOTLINE identified the man’s location. Isaac Henry Burns, Jr., 27, of Winchester was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Wilson Boulevard. Burns was served with warrants out of Winchester for show cause summons and two counts of capias. He was also served with warrants out of Staunton and Fairfax County.

Isaac Henry Burns, Jr.

Isaac Henry Burns, Jr.

Burns was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The Winchester/Frederick/Clarke Crime Solvers is a non-profit organization that provides a 24 hour confidential hotline where callers can anonymously call in tips on crimes or wanted subjects. The Crime Solvers HOTLINE number is 540-665-TIPS.

Local Councilman and NAACP President Speak to WPD Officers

WPD BADGEThe Winchester Police Department is taking a proactive approach to improve relationships with minorities in our community. The police department is opening up a dialogue about the current law enforcement climate. Winchester City Councilman John Hill and Winchester NAACP Chapter President Gwen Walker are addressing officers about how minorities may feel when they are being pulled over by a police officer. The presentation includes a brief history of racial segregation and the feelings that may still exist among African Americans following these historical events. Members of the media are invited to attend the presentation of John Hill and Gwen Walker on Wednesday, February 18th at 7 a.m. in the Debbie Bock Training Room at the Timbrook Public Safety Center.

Police Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher is also leading a group that is planning activities for our local youth. The first event, which included a DJ from Shenandoah University’s Black Student Union, games, pizza, dancing, and door prizes, was held Friday night at the Boys & Girls Club. About 30 local youth, primarily from the North End of the city, attended the event which was free to Handley High School Students ages 14 to 18. The students had the opportunity to interact with police officers who were not in uniform. This was the first of many events that will be planned to improve the relationships among police officers and area youth.

WPD Offers Secure Location for Craigslist Sales

The Winchester Police Department is welcoming local residents to use the lobby or front parking lot of the Timbrook Public Safety Center as a place to complete in-person Craigslist sales. The police department wants to give people a safe and secure option when completing these transactions. On Monday the police department received a report of counterfeit money being passed in exchange for a gaming system sold on Craigslist. The victim met the suspect in the 500 block of South Cameron Street to complete the transaction. The male suspect gave the victim six $50 bills that were counterfeit and all had the same serial numbers. The suspect is described as a black male, around 18 to 19 years-old and was wearing a black hoodie and red beanie.DSC_0023

Anyone with information on a suspect in this case is asked call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in this case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.