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 […]
Beginning in 2007, Winchester Police Department underwent a major technological upgrade. The upgrade consisted of moving WPD’s computer system to a self-sufficient and secure network within the department. In turn, this allowed WPD to securely integrate with regional law enforcement agencies for the purpose of sharing intelligence and resources. Along with behind-the-scenes server upgrades, several new PCs were installed within the department to assist dispatch, patrol and command staff in their everyday functions. Each patrol cruiser was also upgraded with new laptops, allowing patrol officers the same access to resources that were once only available through dispatch. Some examples of WPD’s new patrol capabilities include instant access to the Warrant Management System as well as the abiltiy to instantly query motor vehicle records, not only for the Commonwealth but for all of the United States and Canada. Perhaps the biggest asset the upgrade offered was the department’s ability to easily and quickly share crime data and statistics with law enforcement, probation and corrections agencies throughout the area. This sharing of data has helped solve several major crimes within the region, such as bank robberies and burglaries. With our technology upgrades, we finally updated our website, giving the public a much needed source to keep up to date on Winchester Police Department news as well as local crime trends and alerts. The site also features links to informational services such as domestic abuse resources and commonly used forms, such as crash reports.