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Stay updated with what’s happening at the Winchester Police Department. Announcements, alerts, press releases, and information about community events will be posted here and on our social media.

Oct 15, 2020
The balance between CIT skills and use of force

Crisis intervention training, known as CIT, for law enforcement officers is a 40 hour program with intensive participation in the proper handling of…

Aug 3, 2020
Juvenile charged in accidental shooting

On August 1, 2020, at 7:05 am, the Winchester Police Department (WPD) responded to a residence in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue for a juvenile male…

Jul 1, 2020
Homicide investigation underway

On June 30, 2020, at 10:38 p.m., the Winchester Police Department (WPD) responded to the 300 block of N. Kent St. for a male laying in the roadway.  When…

Jul 1, 2020
Response to community forum

On June 27th, Chief Piper and Corporal Sales had the honor of speaking on behalf of the Winchester Police Department (WPD) and answering questions presented by…

Jun 30, 2020
Arrest made in convenience store robbery

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) has arrested Michael Richards, 45, of Winchester, Virginia following an investigation conducted by the WPD Criminal…

Jun 5, 2020
Street closures and route for I Can’t Breathe event and walk

On Friday, June 5, 2020, an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ event and walk, organized by community members, will be held in Old Town Winchester. To ensure the safety of…

Jun 3, 2020
Winchester Police Chief, Mayor release joint statement with local NAACP President

In a show of solidarity, a joint statement by the City of Winchester’s Mayor John David Smith, Winchester Police Chief John R. Piper, and Winchester’s National…

May 13, 2020
Winchester Police reopen, seek leads in 45-year-old cold case

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) is seeking leads in a recently-reopened cold case homicide that will mark its 45th anniversary this coming November…

Apr 9, 2020
Winchester Police arrest second suspect in carjacking investigation

On April 9, 2020 at approximately 7:15 a.m., the Winchester Police Department (WPD), assisted by Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant…

Apr 2, 2020
Coronavirus Message from our Emergency Communications Center

Our Emergency Communications Center has started receiving an influx of Coronavirus/COVID-19 related calls. We understand that this is a difficult time with…