Chief of Police

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Chief of Police John P. Miller

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 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.

Mission Statement

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.

Core Principles and Values

  • Courage
  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Community- Centered
  • Collaborative

Vision Statement

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.

Department Motto

Service with integrity

Whether as a resident or as a visitor, we invite you to enjoy our special city. Up to date information about the Winters Police Department can be found on our Facebook page. Additionally, more information about the City of Winters and about upcoming local events can be found on the City’s website or on the City of Winters Facebook page


John P. Miller

Winters Police Department

Chief of Police