A mountain lion has been sighted in Winchester. A resident reported seeing a mountain lion in the Dunster Lane, Pepper Hill Drive neighborhood off of Ridge Street. Massachusetts Environmental Police responded and viewed the animal’s paw print and stated the tracks strongly resembled that of a mountain lion. Photos of the tracks were sent to Mass […]
The Winchester Auxiliary Police was originally formed during World War II as a component of the Civil Defense Agency. Although times have certainly changed over the last sixty years, the Auxiliary Police department continues to respond to the current needs of the community. The auxiliary police stand as a ready reserve, part of our Emergency Management infrastructure, to assist in case of natural or civil disaster.
The Winchester Auxiliary Police (WAPD) is a group of 12 volunteers who give their time and effort to make Winchester a better place to live and work. The officers in the WAPD have varied backgrounds both in and out of law enforcement. Many WAPD officers have full time jobs in the private sector. Others work in town and municipal government. However, they all have a common desire to serve the town of Winchester through their involvement with the Auxiliary Police department. In 2010, the officers of the WAPD donated over 875 hours of their time to the community.
The mission of the Winchester Auxiliary Police is to be trained and prepared to assist the Winchester Police in the event of a civil or natural disaster. An example of natural disaster is the significant flooding the town experienced in the Spring of 2010. WAPD officers spent days patrolling the town and manning posts to facilitate public safety efforts.
All auxiliary officer training begins with successful completion of a Reserve/Intermittent police academy run by the Municipal Police Training Committee. After graduating from the academy, an auxiliary officer may begin work as a Winchester Auxiliary Police officer. Training does not stop after the Reserve/Intermittent academy. All Auxiliary officers participate in continuous training that mirrors that of the regular Winchester Police Department. Training sessions are held monthly and include first aid, CPR, domestic violence, drug awareness and motor vehicle safety, to name a few. Auxiliary officers continue their training in the field by assisting at numerous community activities in Winchester, such as the En Ka Fair, Town Day, all town parades, and on training patrols.
If you are interested in learning more about the Winchester Auxiliary Police,
please contact Lt. Scott Peluso at email@example.com.