The City of Winder is 14.11 square miles and has a population of approximately 14,000 people according to the 2010 census data.
The Winder Police Department proudly serves the citizens of Winder by providing a wide array of services, including:
- Neighborhood and business patrols
- Crime Prevention Programs
- D.U.I. and accident-reduction patrols
- Housing Authority patrols
In 2002, the Winder Police Department achieved the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification, complying with strict standards of professionalism and ethics in law enforcement. The department has maintained that certification since that time by passing the re-certification process that occurs every three years.
Winder Police Officers received a total of 8,401 hours of training, an average of approximately 165 hours per person.
In April 2017, the WPD began the process to reinstate it’s Special Response Team (SRT), a team that had been deactivated in prior years due to a loss of trained personnel. A total of 14 officers who met the qualifications were selected. Specialized positions are being formed such as crisis negotiators, breach specialists, less-lethal device operators, entry team specialists, counter-snipers, forensic and intelligence specialists and team medics. This has established the largest tactical team in WPD’s history. The team began specialized training in June and now trains together once a month. The team will respond to emergency calls that carry a higher than normal safety risk. By establishing members throughout the police department who are more highly skilled and better equipped to address emergency situations, the department’s SRT will be able to provide a better service to the public in resolving the more dangerous incidents as safely as possible.
The men and women of the Winder Police Department are dedicated to professionalism offering the best services to our community, while setting an example for others to follow.
Goals and Objectives for Winder Police Department for 2018
Strive to further improve community relations between the Winder Police Department and all citizens, patrons and business owners within the city.
1. Develop and implement community oriented policing strategies.
2. Train officers on the importance of community oriented policing.
3. Become more involved with community focused organizations.
4. Host public events such as Public Safety Day, the Child Safety Seat Program, and the Citizens Police Academy.
Continue to focus on enhanced communication within the police department.
1. Be more consistent with communication efforts across shifts/divisions in order to disseminate accurate and timely information.
2. Clearly communicate goals and expectations to every employee by strategically incorporating them into our daily operations to ensure accountability for meeting those goals.
3. Hold regular scheduled bi-monthly meetings.
4. Proactively seek feedback from all levels of the department and the community to ensure we are meeting the needs and expectations of all stakeholders.
Employ the highest qualified officers for our community by providing quality training to our department.
1. Develop additional in-house POST certified instructors who can offer consistent in-service training in a wide variety of law enforcement related topics.
2. Continue to network with outside resources to provide the most up-to-date and most researched training material.
3. Build training around the needs and the focus of both our officers and community.
Continue to develop and implement intelligence-led policing strategies.
1. Further train and develop officers on intelligence led policing.
2. Continue to coordinate intelligence and information sharing with federal, state and local agencies.
3. Develop processes to utilize intelligence to help reduce and solve crimes.