Chief Peter MacDonnell
30 Mount Vernon St. Winchester MA 01890
(781)729-1212 / 911
Posted By Winchester Police on June 3rd, 2020

    June 2, 2020 I, as well as Police Chiefs across Massachusetts and the nation, denounce the egregious and criminal actions and inactions taken by four members of the Minneapolis Police Department that resulted in the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd. Nowhere in police training are the actions of these officers taught […]


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Letter From Chief MacDonnell

Posted By Winchester Police on June 3rd, 2020


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June 2, 2020

I, as well as Police Chiefs across Massachusetts and the nation, denounce the egregious and criminal actions and inactions taken by four members of the Minneapolis Police Department that resulted in the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd. Nowhere in police training are the actions of these officers taught or contained in police policy manuals. These actions stand out in stark contrast to the values and standards of conduct that we at the Winchester Police Department embrace.

This current tragedy is not representative of the professional conduct, democratic policing and procedural justice that is demonstrated by the vast majority of police officers throughout this state and nation on a daily basis. The officer directly responsible for the death of George Floyd has been arrested, charged with a homicide and sent to prison. Three other Minneapolis officers have been terminated and are likely to also face criminal charges related to the death of George Floyd. Let me be clear, there is no excuse or justification for the actions of the Minneapolis Police officers who are responsible for George Floyd’s death.

Our core values as individuals and as a nation must include being accountable and taking responsibility for our actions. It has been my experience and observation that our individual choices and decisions, actions and inactions, have, by far, the most significant and certain impact on our success and outcome as individuals and as a nation. Far too little attention has been paid to this in the media, across dinner tables, and in community conversations. All Americans are entitled to equal justice under the law, and no person should ever be deprived of opportunity or put in danger because of their race or ethnicity.

All Americans across this nation have a constitutional right to protest peacefully to bring about positive change. It is unfortunate and disheartening that some individuals have used this tragedy to justify and engage in the burning and looting of buildings, property and businesses and also to justify felonious attacks on police officers throughout the nation. We can be better as individuals and as a nation.


Sincerely, Chief Peter MacDonnell

Interface Mental Health Referral Helpline

Posted By Winchester Police on May 16th, 2020

Do you or someone you love need help finding  mental health services?

Call 888-244-6843

Interface Mental Health Referral Helpline for Winchester Residents.  Confidential and free.

Interface Mental Health Referral Helpline connects Winchester Residents with mental health resources.  The free and confidential service will match your need.

  • Need
  • Insurance.
  • Schedule
  • Location

Monday thru Friday, 9AM – 5PM

Sponsored by the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community with support from the John and Mary Murphy Foundation and En Ka Society and Winchester Hospital.

William James College Referral Service  https://interface.williamjames.edu/community/winchester

Keeping it Simple, COVID-19

Posted By Winchester Police on March 23rd, 2020


Thanks to Malden PD for the image.

Updated LTC Guidance: Suspension of Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted By Winchester Police on March 17th, 2020

Below is information regarding the application and renewal of firearms license to carry (LTC) procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We appreciate your cooperation.

 All applicants are instructed to mail in their new or renewal applications.

  • Include a check for the application fee along with the application.  Processing will not be initiated without the appropriate fee included.
  • Applications are available on the FRB website here: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-firearms-license.
  • For new applicants, Winchester PD is temporarily delaying the in-person portion of the licensing process including interviews, fingerprinting and photographs in order to comply with the Governor’s social distancing guidelines.
  • If you apply for a renewal prior to the expiration of their license (and who get a receipt acknowledging so), your license will remain valid until the agency approves or denies it. As a result, delaying the in-person portion of the licensing process will not prejudice these licensees.
  • If you apply for renewal after the expiration of their LTC, c.140, sec.131(i) states that for the purposes of c.269. sec.10 an LTC shall be deemed valid for a period not to exceed 90 days beyond the expiration date unless the LTC is revoked. Note this provision applies only to LTC and not FID Cards.

Tax Season and Fraud

Posted By Winchester Police on February 27th, 2020

With tax season upon us, The Winchester Police Department would like to remind residents to be extra vigilant when it comes to identity theft and fraud. Remember, The IRS, FBI, Social Security Administration,  sheriff’s departments, local police departments or any other government agency will NEVER ask you to pay fines or taxes with Home Depot or iTunes or ANY other gift card.  Nor will they ask you to purchase MoneyGrams or by wire funds via Western Union.

Most banks and corporations will not call you and ask you to provide them with your Social Security number, though some institutions may ask you to confirm only the last 4 digits of it.  Your bank will not call you and request you to give them your account information.  If it really is your bank calling you, they will already have that  information.   If you receive such a call from any company or government agency, ask the caller for a reference number and then call them back with a phone number you locate on your own and can confirm is legitimate.  Don’t use the number the caller provided you unless you have independently confirmed it is a legitimate number.

Most  government agencies and private businesses have websites that will provide legitimate ways of contacting them.    Legitimate institutions are aware that this type of fraud exists.  If they are trying to reach you, they will understand if you tell them you will call back after doing your due diligence.

Most importantly, if something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t!  Go with your instinct!  Below, find a link to some resources to assist you in protecting yourself and helping you if you do become a victim.

Internet Fraud

Identity Theft




Critical Incident Management System

Posted By Winchester Police on December 16th, 2019

The Winchester Police Department plans on taking part in Critical Incident Management System (CIMS) training as developed by Kelley Research Associates.

CIMS is a software product developed to support countywide police led programs intending to document all overdose incidents within county jurisdictions, document all outreach attempts to individuals who have overdosed or are at-risk for overdose, and facilitate the transition of those experiencing drug overdoses to treatment. The system was developed with several core principals in mind:

➢ Only collect the necessary and critical project related data

➢ Make data entry user-friendly, quick, and easy

➢ Provide agencies with real time access to some of their most important data

➢ Effortlessly share data between jurisdictions

CIMS removes many of the barriers that traditionally hamper effective, collaborative law enforcement responses. It was developed by police, for police.

CIMS Key Functionality CIMS integrates critical functionality that allows law enforcement agencies to implement more effective crime solutions and facilitates “better policing,” including:

➢ Data sharing: CIMS creates near real-time data sharing across law enforcement agencies that traditional records management systems does not allow.

➢ Collaborative Crime Responses: This real-time data sharing supports collaborative police responses to events, like overdoses, which are often multijurisdictional problems. That is, a notable percentage of events involve individuals who participate in problem behaviors in communities other than where they reside.

➢ Communication with Non-Traditional Partners: Some of the most effective approaches to the issues today’s law enforcement agencies confront may involve non-traditional community partners such as hospitals, treatment providers, or schools. CIMS facilitates more effective partnerships via an integrated communication portal.

➢ Real-time Reporting: Law enforcement are on the front lines of most community problems. Administrators need real-time access to data about the prevalence of problems, and impact of community-based solutions. CIMS has integrated real-time reporting tools.


Information Regarding Coyotes

Posted By Winchester Police on May 15th, 2019

There are coyotes in Winchester. We occasionally have residents call when they see a coyote in their neighborhood or when out and about. This is not unusual.  Residents should be aware that coyotes will view some pets as prey and as a food source. This is normal behavior.  Coyotes are generally nocturnal but seeing them during the daytime does not mean that they are sick or will become aggressive. Residents should NOT feed coyotes.  Normally a coyote will be scared away by the presence of a human.  This is also normal behavior. Coyote attacks on humans are very rare.  Coyotes can contract and carry rabies. If a resident observes an unhealthy looking coyote or a coyote acting strangely or aggressively, they should stay away and contact the police immediately.

Rad Kids Class

Posted By Winchester Police on April 29th, 2019

Learn Safety and Self-defense Skills after-school at V-O

Calling all Winchester 4th and 5th graders!

Sign up for this Winchester Police Department-led course on how to
“Resist Aggression Defensively (rad)”
Taught by Winchester Police Department Officer Dan Arria, this course emphasizes essential
decision-making skills as well as physical resistance options. The family-centered radKIDS®
program encourages physical fitness and teaches realistic physical skills and core safety
values to live by. The fun, activity-based program includes lectures, safety drills, and physical
skills to resist or stop violence or harm, and dynamic simulation. Through radKIDS® training,
children become empowered and learn to replace the fear, confusion, and panic of dangerous
situations with confidence, personal safety skills, and self-esteem. The curriculum and
activities also emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
Parents are invited to attend the last class and see their children demonstrate how much they
have learned.

● Open to all Winchester students in grades 4-5
● Meets from 2:45-4:15 pm for 7 classes
● Mondays and Thursdays (5/20, 5/23, 5/30, 6/3, 6/5, 6/10, 6/13)
● Vinson-Owen gym
● $50.00 program fee
● Register at www.winrec.com

Now’s the Time to Start Talking About Alcohol and Drugs

Posted By Winchester Police on November 26th, 2018

The Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community suggest making communication part of your plan when it comes to talking with your children about drugs and alcohol.

You may not be thinking about this now, but middle school is the perfect time to start talking to your kids about alcohol and other drugs.  Talk. They’re listening.

Prepare yourself. Prepare your kid. Pass it On.  Want suggestions how? – MysticValleyPublicHealth.org

Winchester Police Offer Safety Reminders Ahead of High School Prom and Town-Wide Events

Posted By Winchester Police on May 17th, 2018

As residents of all ages look forward to the En Ka Fair, senior prom and Town Day, Chief Peter MacDonnell and Winchester Police wish to offer tips for remaining safe during each event.

The En Ka Fair takes place on May 18 and 19, senior prom is scheduled for May 30 and Town Day will be held on June 2.

“Each of these yearly events is exciting and attract many residents,” Chief MacDonnell said. “Our priority is ensuring that everyone has a good time and gets home safely. We want high school seniors in particular to be conscious of their behavior and the importance of making good decisions on prom night.”
Residents should be aware that some roads will be closed during these events. Beginning on Wednesday May 16 at 8am and going through Sunday morning May 20, Skilling Rd, both directions from the high school entrance to the Town Hall intersection shall be closed in order to accommodate the En Ka Fair. On Thursday, May 17 Mount Vernon St shall be closed in both directions from the rotary to the town hall intersection. For both the fair and Town Day, motorists should exercise extreme caution due to increased pedestrian traffic on town streets and sidewalks.

Winchester Police will have an increased presence at each event, but fair and Town Day attendees should remain vigilant and maintain awareness of their surroundings. Anyone who sees something that appears suspicious or out of place should immediately notify an event organizer or public safety officials. Parents should keep in mind that during this time of year, risky behaviors among our middle and high school aged youth increase.

The senior prom is a memorable and exciting event for our high school seniors, but for parents, it can be a stressful night. Students should remember that poor decisions made before, during and after prom can have long-term negative consequences.

Chief MacDonnell recommends that parents reinforce the importance of good decision making with their children, and encourages families to remember the following guidelines as prom night approaches.

Think responsibly: Students are responsible for their own actions, and should not feel pressured to take part in inappropriate behavior — prior, during, or after the dance. It’s OK to say no, even if others are participating.

Travel safely: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers. Always buckle up, no matter how short the trip. It’s the law.

Don’t drink and drive, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking, or using drugs.
Don’t text and drive. Texting and cell phone use while driving is illegal and a major cause of accidents.
Plan ahead and know the law: After prom parties should be supervised. Students should make plans to be with friends and notify parents or guardians where they’ll be and how to reach them.

The law now also provides immunity from prosecution for those under twenty-one who unlawfully possession alcohol (c. 138 § 34C) and those who unlawfully purchase alcohol (c. 138 § 34A) when seeking medical attention for alcohol incapacitation. The person who calls for medical attention and the person in need of medical attention are immune from prosecution from these alcohol related offenses.

The Good Samaritan Law (M.G.L. 94C §34A) states that a person experiencing a drug-related overdose (or someone with the overdosing party) who seeks medical assistance will not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance.

Under the Social Host law, parents can be criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur in their homes or any property controlled by them.

Communicate: Parents should reinforce to their children that underage drinking is illegal and can impair a person, especially a young person’s ability to make good decisions. Get students’ itineraries for the evening, including whom they will be with, where they’ll be going before and after the prom, and the phone numbers of where you can contact them. Come to a fair decision on a curfew and express any concerns about their health and safety.

Be understanding: Family members are urged to make it clear to their students that they can call them at any time for help, advice or a ride.