2014 Valor Award Winners Announced


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:DSC_3169


  • 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


DSC_3165K-9 Officer Kota of the Winchester Police Department will be in attendance with his handler and will receive a special recognition.


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.


DSC_3167The Valor Awards honors local public safety members and every day citizens who have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of others.

Deadline Approaches for the YDC’s Second Annual Charity Challenge

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.DSC_0048

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.



Officers to Leave Warnings on Unlocked Cars

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.

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Local Law Enforcement Agencies Acquire Special-Use Vehicles

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.

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Be By the Book on Back-to-School Safety

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.school bus


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.

Winchester Police Department Hosts Two Presentations

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.

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Active Shooter, How do I respond?

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.”

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Please Respect the Privacy of the “Woman in Black”

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public to respect the privacy of the person who has been dubbed the “Woman in Black.” Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the 2400 block of Valley Avenue for crowd control. About 50 people gathered near a bank in this area to see the “Woman in Black.” For her safety and the safety of others, officers took her to an undisclosed location and provided her with food and shelter. Officers spoke with the woman who says she is from Winchester and intends on staying in the area. The Winchester Police Department wants local residents to know that she will be part of the community and to respect her privacy if you see her in the area. She has expressed to officers that she wants to be left alone and is asking that the public respect her wishes.

2014 National Night Out Brings Community Together in One Location

Residents in the City of Winchester are invited to the 31st Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from 6 – 9 p.m. The Winchester Police Department is excited to host the event this year on the Loudoun Street Mall in front of the Old Courthouse Museum. The event will include bluegrass band Five of a Kind, activities for kids, a meet and greet with Winchester Police K-9 Officer Kota, free hotdogs, chips, sodas, and appearances by McGruff and Red E. Fox. National Night Out is a great way to connect with your neighbors and promote neighborhood and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer city.

NNO LOGONational Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back.

From 6 to 9 p.m. residents in neighborhoods throughout Winchester and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with their neighbors and police.

In all, more than 37.8 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” We hope you will be one of them!

Residents are encouraged to bring folding chairs with them to the event. Metered parking in the downtown area is free after 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday).


Lock Your Car Doors to Prevent Larcenies

Lock DoorsIn a 12 hour time period between Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th 21 unlocked cars in the City of Winchester were rummaged through, and that’s just the number that were reported. The most recent rash of larcenies occurred on Harvest Drive, Cidermill Lane, Melvor Lane, Wayne Drive, Clayton Ridge Drive, Stoneleigh Drive, and Summerfield Lane. The Winchester Police Department wants residents to make it a habit of locking their car doors. Since June 1, 2014 the police department has received 48 reports of larcenies from motor vehicles. In most cases the thieves are looking for money including loose change, electronics, cell phones, navigation systems, wallets, and purses.


To deter thieves from targeting your car, residents are reminded to protect their valuables by doing the following:

  • Lock car doors and close all windows when you leave your car
  • When parking at home use your garage, if you have one, and lock your car inside your garage
  • If you don’t have a garage, try to park in a well-lit area
  • Don’t leave anything of value inside your car, even if your car is locked

If you are a victim of this crime, even if valuables aren’t taken, it is important that you report the incident to police at 540-662-4131. This information helps our detectives track trends and patterns throughout the City.

If anyone has information on possible suspects in these cases please contact the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS.

Deadline Approaching for Valor Awards Nominations

Don’t miss out on the chance to nominate someone you know for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s Valor Awards. This year’s awards will be for acts of valor that occurred between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. The 2014 Valor Awards Ceremony will take place on October 23rd at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Conference Center.

The award categories are:

  • Citizen Award
  • Unit Citation
  • Lifesaving Medal
  • Meritorious Action Award
  • Certificate of Valor
  • Bronze Medal of Valor
  • Silver Medal of Valor
  • Gold Medal of Valor

A ninth award category has just been added for those who have made an outstanding contribution to public safety. The nomination committee will consider those who have gone above and beyond to help the community.

The deadline for nominations is July 30, 2014. Nomination forms can be found at www.winchesterpolice.org under “Forms and Reports” or on the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s website at http://www.regionalchamber.biz/.Valor Award Logo Blue