About Winchester Police

The Winchester Police Department is one of Virginia's 100+ accredited law enforcement agencies. The department has 105 employees, 79 of which are sworn law enforcement officers. We utilize community policing activities to stay connected with our residents and businesses and value integrity, transparency, teamwork, and commitment.

A Welcome from Chief Behan 

"Community forward, employee focused. This best describes who we are at the Winchester Police Department. Many members of the senior leadership team have grown up together in the law enforcement profession. Because of this, we are united and committed to our residents and visitors. We believe in the importance of engagement among our employees and their engagement in the field.

As the Chief of Police, I am devoted to professionalism, transparency, and outreach in the community. For our employees, I appreciate that each of us has an individual story to tell, and I know firsthand the hard work - both mental and physical - that goes into this profession. Therefore, I am dedicated to providing you with the best possible work environment.”

- Chief Amanda Behan


The Winchester Police Department is committed to improving the quality of life for all people by preventing crime in the city. We will accomplish this by enforcing the law with impartiality, creating partnerships through communication and education, and problem-solving using innovative policing strategies.

Value Statement

We are a community-forward agency that appreciates our employees as individuals while promoting their work as a team.