Page County Triad announces spring conference

Page County Triad, a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies, senior citizens and senior organizations, will hold its spring conference May 7 at the Rileyville Baptist Church on U.S. 340.

The session will include presentations and opportunities for seniors to share concerns about crime and safety.

Check-in will run from 8 to 9 a.m., with the conference running from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public..

Woodstock Police department seeks national accreditation

The Woodstock Police Department is applying for a new accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

CALEA is an independent credentialing authority that maintains and updates standards for police agencies across the United States and is considered the “Gold Standard of Public Safety”.

Woodstock would be the first agency in Shenandoah County to join the commission.

Funding for the initial accreditation process will be up for consideration in the town’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget.

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SNP issues ticketing program for Old Rag

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Following a two-year pilot program, Shenandoah National Park (SNP) will apply a permanent ticketing system to access Old Rag Mountain from March through November.

The system will improve visitor enjoyment, congestion on the trail and public safety, and better protect the environment and wildlife.

Potential visitors can find more information, including where tickets are required and how to obtain them at https://go.nps.gov/oldragticket.
The permanent system will closely follow the pilot program. Beginning March 1, 2024, all visitors
are required to have a day-use ticket, in addition to a park entrance pass, to access the Old Rag area.

Day-use tickets for Old Rag Mountain for the 2024 season will be available starting February 17, 2024, at 10 a.m.

Tickets cost $2.00.

A total of 800 tickets will be available each day from March 1 to November 30, and 400 will be released 30 days in advance and the remaining 400 will be released five days in advance.

Tickets are valid for the day of arrival only and are not transferable.

A day-use ticket does not guarantee a parking spot.

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Snow mobilization plan

Warren County Virginia new logo used by permission by Warren County Director of Technology Todd Jones

Crews were mobilized at 7 am this morning in Warren County for all primary routes in all districts.

VDOT has pretreated all primary roads in Warren County as well as high-traffic secondary roads.

VDOT is on a level 3 mobilization and is prepared for the event with both State and contract support.

The Town of Front Royal began 24-hour operations at 7 am.

All sidewalk crews will report at 7 am on Sunday, January 7th to make sure all sidewalks, steps, and handrails are treated and cleaned.

Virginia State Police asks you to stay off the roads so that crews may do their jobs safely.

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Winchester approves budget for 2024

The City of Winchester recently approved the budget for the 2024 fiscal year and announced some of the highlights included.

Winchester Public Schools received full funding for their proposed budget including a 7% salary increase for teachers.

The Public Safety department will see an additional police officer, three firefighters, and 8 vehicles.

Winchester Parks and Rec will see upgrades including a new skate park, two new soccer fields, and numerous upgrades.

Public Services will receive 2 new trash trucks and replace or repave miles of sidewalks and roadways including widening of the Green Circle Trail.

To view an infographic of the budget highlights, click here.

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Fauquier County Chief Deputy recognized by VSI

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office announced that Chief Deputy, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen “Chad” Brubaker received the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Certification designation at their annual conference held in Roanoke on Thursday.

VSI in collaboration with the Virginia Sheriff’s Association, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Virginia Center for Policing designed the certification program to promote, recognize, and elevate the continued professional development of sheriffs and deputies in the state.

Lieutenant Colonel Brubaker far surpassed the minimum levels of certification following a long, voluntary process after demonstrating progressive education, training, and advanced professional development combined with years of practical experience.

Brubaker has proudly served over 20 years and is an experienced K9 handler, training academy instructor, and graduate of the FBI’s National Academy.

His certification not only recognizes his commitment to lifelong learning but all of Fauquier County’s advancement in public safety.

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Frederick County Public Safety launches Next Generation 911

Used by permission Frederick County Virginia Government

An email from Frederick County announced the launch of the Next Generation 911 system in the county.

Frederick County Public Safety Communications has installed the Next Gen system to basically adjust to the way we communicate today for faster response in emergency situations.

The new technology allows the public to share more detailed information as the system can accept videos, images and text messages.

This is especially helpful with communications between emergency agencies when responding as well.

Because 911 is rarely called by landline the system had to be updated to accommodate other devices.

The Next Gen 911 system can accept information from smart phones, medical devices, car computers and building alarms.

This is particularly useful in finding an exact location when seconds count.

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Gov. Northam’s Thank You Virginia Tour continues

In an email from Governor Northam he announced more budget proposals as his Thank You Virginia Tour continues.

If the governor’s budget proposal is approved it will include the largest investment in public safety in the state’s history.

Under the proposal new Virginia State Troopers will see a 7.7 percent pay raise.

The starting salary of new correction officers will increase by 25 percent.

The average salary for entry level sheriff’s deputies and regional jail officials will increase by approximately 20 percent.

The governor’s budget proposal also includes significant funding to address pay compensation and raises for targeted officers and sworn personnel.

Virginia has already given 3 and 5,000 dollar bonuses to public safety officials this past year along with $500 bonuses in 2020 to certain officials.

These proposals are along with the 10 percent increase in teacher pay the governor announced Mon. Dec. 6.

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