Chief John Piper
We are dedicated to becoming one of the best police departments in the country. Our goal is to have a highly trained, physically fit, and properly supported officer on the scene of any emergency in the city in less than five minutes from the time you call us. To that end, in the last several years we have accomplished the following:
- Become an accredited law enforcement agency through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission;
- Developed the Frederick County/Winchester Law Enforcement Foundation. The Foundation is designed to provide us with expert guidance and support from the business community;
- Implemented a program requiring that all our officers must pass an annual fitness assessment designed to ensure our personnel can meet the physical demands placed on law enforcement personnel;
- Launched the Community Response Team (CRT) in partnership with other City departments to tackle some of the largest quality of life issues facing the city. This effort resulted in the 2011 Virginia Municipal League Award of Excellence for a city our size;
- Created the Timbrook House Youth Reporting Center which provides a welcoming learning environment for troubled youth in our community. This has been a joint effort between the City Schools, Juvenile Court Judges, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Juvenile Court Services and a large number of non-profit organizations; and
- Trained more officers in Crisis Intervention and implemented a Crisis Intervention Team.
Our goal through all this activity is to identify issues early so we may intervene before they can impact on the quality of life in the community.
Thank you for visiting our website. In browsing through it you can learn about the organization of our department; you can read about our specialized units and volunteer opportunities. You can also link to Crime Reports to view crime activity in the City. I think you will see that our neighborhoods are safe places to work and play.
Please remember, that although this is an informative site, we encourage you to also reach out to us anytime, and let us know how we can help.