WPD promote Officer Myrtle

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Winchester Police Department (WPD) Chief John Piper announced the promotion of Lieutenant Frank Myrtle to the rank of Captain.

Myrtle began his career in law enforcement when he  joined the WPD in 2002.

Myrtle has served as a Detective and Sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division for over ten years.

Captain Myrtle has served the citizens of Winchester in other positions as well including as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division.

Myrtle has also been very active in volunteer activities including the Police Department’s Kids and Cops Camp.

Now Captain Myrtle will be the Commander of  the Administration Division of the WPD.

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WPD celebrates 200 years

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The Winchester Police Department celebrated their 200th anniversary yesterday.

A luncheon kicked off the celebration which will continue throughout the year.

WPD has a few other projects and events lined up, including a car show in May.

The Mayor and Manager of Winchester and Chief John Piper spoke on the department’s historical accomplishments and honored fallen officers.

The department which began in 1822 has seen many changes including their first patrol vehicle in the 1910s, two way radios in 1940, the first female and black officers in the 1970s, and the formation of a SWAT team in 1983.

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WPD and FBI host a violence mitigation session

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A social post from Winchester Police Department (WPD) invite citizens to join Chief John Piper in a virtual training opportunity.

WPD along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Richmond Office are partnering with faith based leaders and offering a virtual training session on mitigating violence Feb. 10.

This session will bring awareness, conversations and preparedness to mitigate violence that has devastated communities.

Registration for the event must be made by February 8 at this link.

More information on the event is available by contacting the WPD at (540) 662-4131.

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