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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WPD cracks down on improper driving and offers safety town hall

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In a concerted effort to crack down on improper driving, the Winchester Police Department (WPD) recently conducted several traffic enforcement operations.

One at Jubal Early and South Loudoun Street, and others at Jubal Early and Valley Avenue as well as at Berryville Avenue and North Pleasant Valley Roads.

An alarming amount of 68 citations were issued during these operations.

Driving while texting or talking on the phone was one of the major offenses.

Other incidents included driving and not using a signal, driving through a red light, driving with a suspended or no license at all.

Chief Behen confirms that the WPD will continue to conduct these types of operations to keep the streets of Winchester safe and reduce the number of crashes.

Thanks to the continued actions of the WPD traffic crashes have been reduced from almost 1,100 in 2022 to well under 1,000 in 2023 so far.

In fact, Chief Behan and the city’s public safety team will conduct a virtual street safety town hall December 5 at 6 p.m.

The virtual Town Hall meeting on traffic safety and how Winchester plans to combat improper driving can be joined here.

The WPD encourages citizens to report cases of unsafe driving habits to the department.

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