Winchester Public Schools (WPS) has been awarded the 2019 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grant totaling $480,714 in federal funds over a two-year period. The funds will be used to improve security at city schools in partnership with the City of Winchester Police, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management Departments.
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) is reminding residents of some tips for safeguarding their homes and property after seeing an increase in residential break-ins. Over the past month, WPD has responded to 13 homes for reports of burglary. In comparison to the first eight months of 2019, the Department saw an average of four incidents per month.
The following safety tips can help protect your home and belongings:
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) will host its third-annual Color with a Cop event on Tuesday, November 5 (Election Day) at two locations:
The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and the City of Winchester will open the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waiting List on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The program will take applications ONLINE ONLY from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. The website to apply is vhda.apply4housing.com.
Who Can Apply?
The Housing Choice Voucher program provides decent, affordable housing to very low- to low-income individuals and families, including people with disabilities and senior citizens.
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) has launched an awareness campaign titled “Fight the Fraud Inferno” in order to educate residents about how to safeguard their personal information and protect their finances. From January 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019, the WPD received over 250 calls regarding reports of fraud and potential scams. Many reports of fraud cannot be investigated by local police, because scammers are difficult to track down and often live outside the United States.
Drug Landscape Shifts as Opioid Crisis Continues
Source: Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition
Law enforcement officials in the Northern Shenandoah Valley are seeing an influx of methamphetamine in the area. This year, more than 3,000 grams of methamphetamine have been seized by the Northwest Regional Drug and Gang Task Force. The methamphetamine that is being seen in the area is crystal meth, also known as “ice”, and there is a concern about the dangers of meth-related crimes due to the often aggressive nature of those using the substance.
The Winchester Police and Fire & Rescue Departments will host the annual Public Safety Trunk-or-Treat event on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event will be held at the Shawnee Volunteer Fire and Rescue station, located at 2210 Valor Drive in Winchester.
On Wednesday, October 16, members of the Fire and Rescue Departments of the City of Winchester and Frederick County, along with government officials, will gather to recognize the groundbreaking of the Winchester Regional Fire and EMS Training Center.
Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief William Garrett said, “Although ground is broken and construction is underway, we felt it was important to recognize the ongoing collaborative relationship between our two localities.”
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will host the 2019 Public Safety Chili Cook Off, sponsored by the Winchester Fire and Rescue Foundation, on Thursday, October 24 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Rotary Shelter in Jim Barnett Park.
The public is invited to attend the free event to taste and vote for the best chili. Judging will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and the winners will be announced at 1:00 p.m. Prizes will include the Grand Kettle (first place), second-place medal, and third place medal as decided by the judges and the People’s Choice award as decided by the public.
Mayor John David Smith, Jr. has launched a new Excellence Award program to recognize and honor individuals, businesses, groups or organizations whose efforts in the community have showcased the City of Winchester as a great place to be; helped others in the community without hesitation or motive; made contributions or shown commitment to the betterment of the community; thought outside the box in response to societal needs; etc.