News Maker Police Chief Behan on being appointed to the ICPA

Winchester Police Chief Amanda Behan has been appointed to the board of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

We spoke to Chief Behan about the appointment in our latest news maker.

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Chief Behan is very excited about this appointment and explains exactly what’s involved with her new duties.

She also offers some insight into how a chief of police is selected.

Chief Behan also offers some insight on how her family is accepting and supporting her in her new role.

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Winchester Police Chief Behan appointed to an International Board

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The Winchester Police Department reports that Chief Amanda Behan has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The board represents 33,000 members in over 170 countries.

The association works to improve the policing profession by promoting leading practices and model policies through advocacy, research outreach, and education.

Multiple projects have been developed to help law enforcement leaders develop their agencies around the world.

The association strives to promote transparency between law enforcement agencies and the people they serve.

The board which Chief Behan has been appointed to has a total of 30 members to help perform these tasks.

Chief Behan remarked that she is proud and excited to play a key role in growing the association and highlighting the important work they do.

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News Maker Amanda Behan on WPD Christmas drives

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) has two separate campaigns going to make a brighter Christmas for community members this year.

We spoke to Police Chief Amanda Behan about their shop with a cop program and the coat drive for Froggy’s Closet in our latest news maker.

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Chief Behan tells us both drives were inspired by two officers who lost their lives while with the department.

She also tells us that the more donated to the shop with a cop program the more kids will be able to participate.

Chief Behan also tells us how we can help and where to donate.

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News Maker Amanda Behan on WPD Christmas drives

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) has two separate campaigns going to make a brighter Christmas for community members this year.

We spoke to Police Chief Amanda Behan about their shop with a cop program and the coat drive for Froggy’s Closet in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Chief Behan tells us both drives were inspired by two officers who lost their lives while with the department.

She also tells us that the more donated to the shop with a cop program the more kids will be able to participate.

Chief Behan also tells us how we can help and where to donate.

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Winchester selects a new Police Chief

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Winchester City Manager Dan Hoffman announced the promotion of  Deputy Chief Amanda Behan to the position of Winchester Police Chief.

This promotion makes Behan the first female Police Chief in the department’s 200-year history.

The vacancy was created when Chief John Piper was promoted to Deputy City Manager in the recent administrative reorganization of key personnel.

Behan has been with the Winchester Police Department since 2001 climbing the ranks from recruit to the Deputy Chief promotion in 2021.

The new Chief  has a master’s degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University and has served many roles with the Police Department.

Hoffman made note of Behan’s role as public servant her volunteerism, mentorship and role model.

Behan’s accomplishments include implementing officer fitness standards, expansion of the department’s community outreach, redevelopment of the departmental policies and acquisition of the department’s first therapy canine.

Behan remarked that she is grateful for the opportunity and thanked her husband, children and everyone for their support through her journey.

The new Police Chief will be sworn in Oct. 21 during the Department’s scheduled promotion ceremony at Jim Barnett Park Recreation Center at 2 p.m.

You can meet the incoming Police Chief today until 9 a.m. at Coffee with a Cop click here for locations.

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WPD respond to reports of shots being fired

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) reports responding to reports of loud arguing and shots being fired in the Gray Ave. area.

WPD Chief Amanda Behan indicated that the investigation revealed little evidence in the way of bullet holes or shell casings or the shooter.

Social media post report several streets were blocked off by police as the search for the shooter advanced.

The probable shooter was described as a shirtless black male wearing sweatpants with dreadlocks in a bun.

Anyone with information is asked to call the WPD at (540) 662-4131 or use the new P3 tip app.

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WPD promote Amanda Behan

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) have promoted Captain Amanda Behan to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.

Behan has been with the WPD since 2001 holding a number of positions as well as being a part of Northwest Regional Drug Task Force and General Investigations Unit.

Behan has become the second woman to rise to her current rank in the 200 year history of the department.

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