Tag: Harrisonburg Police Department

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Public safety agencies seek to attract needed reinforcements

With about 20 open positions in Harrisonburg Police Department and the fire department preparing to add a new station, the city is trying a host of strategies to attract new applicants for first responder jobs.

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Former & current staff and residents speak out about conditions at Salvation Army shelter

Understaffing at the Salvation Army emergency shelter in Harrisonburg is creating potentially dangerous conditions for those who work or stay there, according to several current and former staff and residents.

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Harrisonburg police play key role in connecting murders to possible serial killer

“Serial killer” isn’t a phrase commonly used in the Valley, but the Fairfax County police chief said a man Harrisonburg Police charged in relation to two homicides in November is connected to similar murders in Northern Virginia. 

By sifting through surveys and looking for common ground, school board prepares to make its decision about SROs

After the School Resource Officer Task Force returned from 10 months of work with essentially a hung jury on the issue of keeping police officers in schools, Harrisonburg’s school board members are now parsing the various recommendations to find a path forward.

Task force hears options for ‘reimagining’ school resource officer program

As the group considering the future of the city’s School Resource Officers program explores nuanced approaches to the police’s role, regional experts on Thursday outlined different ways other communities call upon officers. 

Local emergency text process might get tweaks and new PR after June incident

Around 10 p.m. on June 23, hundreds of Harrisonburg residents received an emergency text. “This is a message from the Harrisonburg Police Department. There is a high priority incident taking place in the area. Please shelter in place immediately,” the message said.

Now that marijuana is legal to grow in Virginia, some in area are trying it

Two tiny marijuana seedlings poke out of the soil in pots outside of Patrick Fritz’s home in Broadway. For him, they represent more than just relaxation – both the act of growing and smoking marijuana have been deeply healing.

Hburg’s new disc golf course is close to being done. Here’s why it won’t open soon.

On the south end of town just across the interstate from the city’s recycling center sits a disc golf course, unused and unfinished.

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