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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WPD conducts an underage vaping operation

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) Criminal Investigations Division with the Community Resources Team announced an underage vape operation has been conducted.

The operation targeted S and M Tobacco and Vape and Smoke King Vapes shops both on Berryville Avenue.

Plume House Vape Company shop on South Loudoun Street.

The Tobacco Hut Vape and Cigar shop on South Pleasant Valley Road.

The Smokers Den shop on Weems Lane.

The Tobacco Hut and Vape and Smoke Up Vape shops  both on Valley Avenue.

Each of those locations were found to have clerks that sold nicotine related vape products to underage customers.

Each of those clerks were charged with violating Virginia code.

The code prohibits the purchase, possession and sale of tobacco products, nicotine vapor products and hemp products intended for smoking to persons under 21 years of age.

Violators of that code are subject to a civil penalty.

WPD Chief Amanda Behan commended the community members who expressed their concerns and the leadership that made the operation successful.

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WPD make arrest in August 2 fatal vehicle train collision

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Following the investigation of an August 2 fatal vehicle train collision Winchester Police have made an arrest.

Virginia State Police report by email that they conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of Jeremiah A.T. Greenfield of Winchester.

Greenfield is being charged with one felony count of second-degree murder, homicide and one felony count of eluding law enforcement.

The arrest of the 19-year-old was made by WPD in the 1650 block of South Braddock Street on August 25.

Greenfield is being held without bond in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The collision involved Greenfield ignoring police pursuit on Route 17 in Fauquier County passing stopped vehicles and colliding with the train.

The collision caused the death of 18-year-old Berryville resident Haidan B. Smallwood a passenger in the vehicle.

The vehicle was reported stolen out of Winchester.

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WPD opens registration for citizen and Jr. academies

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced that they are preparing to host their Citizen’s and Junior Academies.

The Citizen Academy offers and in-depth look into the procedures of the police department and starts September 14.

It is important to register with the Winchester Police Department as soon as possible as this academy fills quickly.

Likewise the Jr. Academy fills quickly and registration is open with the Winchester Police Department.

The Jr. Academy is geared toward young people 5 to 8 years of age engaging in activities and a visit from McGruff the crime dog.

The Jr. Academy will begin September 30 at the Timbrook Public Safety Building.

Registration and additional information  for the Citizen’s Academy is found here.

Registration for the Jr. Academy is found here.

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WPD arrest 2 in domestic situation that included an injury

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) report responding to a stabbing at approximately 1 p.m. August 1.

As officers arrived at the home in the 400 block of South Cameron Street, they found a male lying on the ground suffering from a stab wound to the lower abdomen.

The woman who is accused of stabbing him ran upstairs to the second floor of the building.

Officers attempted to negotiate her surrender from the stairwell but could not make contact.

Winchester SWAT and negotiation teams were called in to assist.

A search of the house was conducted and 34-year-old Samantha Myers was found in a bedroom and taken into custody at approximately 1:45.

During the investigation 37-year-old Barron Gordon was also in the house and found to be wanted in Warren County and arrested.

A search warrant was secured and executed to find a substance believed to be crack-cocaine and a semi-automatic pistol.

A knife that may have been used in the stabbing was also recovered.

Myers is facing charges of domestic assault and battery, malicious wounding and possession of cocaine.

Myers is being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The victim was transported to Winchester Medical Center where he remains in serious but stable condition at this time.

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Winchester Emergency Communications Personnel deemed First Responders

The City of Winchester’s Mayor John Smith made a proclamation naming Emergency Communications Personnel of the Winchester Police Department as first responders.

In the proclamation, Mayor Smith acknowledged the importance of the role of Emergency Communications Personnel including their crucial dissemination of information to firefighters and police officers.

He also reminded residents that this personnel is the first point of contact for community members who may be experiencing a stressful emergency and of their substantial contributions in apprehending criminals, suppressing fires, and treating patients.

The Winchester Police Department hopes that this proclamation will continue to other agencies around Virginia to acknowledge the significant contributions of Emergency Communications Personnel.

To view the proclamation, click here.

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WPD accepting applications for its Citizens Academy

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The Winchester Police Department (WPD) announced that they are accepting applications for its 24 annual Citizen Police Academy for the spring of 2023.

This year’s academy begins March the 21 at 6 p.m. at the Timbrook Public Safety Center and meets every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The academy gives citizens an inside look at police operations.

Participants will be able to see how Criminal Investigations are conducted also given an inside look at the  Patrol Division and Emergency Communications Center.

There is a list of other academy activities and additional information available here.

The Academy will conclude with a graduation dinner on May 16.

Applications are available for download here.

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Four Winchester residents arrested after search warrant

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The Winchester Police Department executed a search warrant on Thursday, February 23rd at 4pm on the 400 block of South Cameron Street that led to the arrest of four Winchester residents.

During the search, officers recovered several grams of Crack-Cocaine, 70 unknown pills, a handgun and $1,600 cash.

Rondelle Jackson, 51, was charged with Failure to Appear for a Warrant.

Barron Gordon, 36, was charged with Contempt of Court.

Marvin Cooley, 54, and Tavious Jones, 25, were charged with Possession of a Schedule I or II Drug.

Jones also violated his probation.

Additional charges may be made at a later date.

Link to the press release, here.

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SABF prepares to name Honorary Grand Marshals

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As the 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival continues to draw closer, President Sharen Groomling will announce the two Honorary Grand Marshals this week.

On Tuesday at noon, the Honorary Grand Marshals will be announced at a press conference at The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

All are welcome as the festival recognizes two individuals who have dedicated their lives to making this community special.

Some of the previous Honorary Grand Marshals include the Winchester Police Department’s K-9 Kota, Wounded Warrior Capt. Leslie Smith, and former Senator Harry Byrd Jr.

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