Chief of Police Message
Welcome to the Winters Police Department website.
It is my privilege and honor to serve as Winters’ 10th Chief of Police since the City was founded in 1875, incorporated in 1898, and the Office of Chief of Police established by ordinance on December 24, 1937. Prior to the establishment of the Office of Chief of Police, the City was served by City Marshalls and Town Constables for elected terms of office. As such, our Department has a long and storied history of service as well as sacrifice, as evidenced by City Marshal William Preston Rice, who was killed in the line of duty on October 18, 1912.
Our Department proudly serves a diverse and growing community by embracing and practicing the concepts of 21st Century Policing, Principled Policing, and Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving, a philosophy that combines traditional aspects of law enforcement with prevention measures, problem-solving, community engagement, and community partnerships. To better reflect and communicate these ideals, Department staff revisited and redrafted the Department’s Mission, Principles, Vision, and Motto in 2017.
As a resident or visitor, we invite you to enjoy our special city. Updated information about the Winters Police Department can also be found on our social media pages.
John P. Miller
Winters Police Department
Chief of Police
About the Winters Police Department
The Winters Police Department is currently staffed with 11 sworn positions, consisting of the Chief of Police, two Patrol Sergeants, one Detective/Administrative Sergeant, and seven Patrol Officers. The Department maintains a Reserve Officer program, which provides additional assistance to full-time sworn officers, as well as volunteer services programs, including Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Trauma and Grief Support (TAGS), and a Cadet program for youth. The Winters Police Department works in collaboration with outside agencies in accordance to a countywide mutual aid agreement and is dispatched through the Yolo Emergency Communications Agency (YECA), a joint powers agency that performs dispatching services for most law enforcement and fire agencies within Yolo County.
Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Core Principles, and Motto:
The fundamental mission of the Winters Police Department is to provide service to our community, uphold the Constitution, and deter crime and disorder through impartial service to the law.
The Winters Police Department will continue to be a highly responsive agency that will grow and adapt to meet the needs of our community. We will proactively engage in partnerships to identify opportunities and address challenges by developing innovative and creative solutions
Our Core Principles and Values
Service with integrity