The HPD family would like to provide a positive distraction and show our residents that we are still finding ways to stay connected with our community. We have been working hard on various upcoming community events promoting the Statewide Stay at Home Order and CDC Social Distancing while engaging our community.
Today’s demonstration involves a lighthearted mission and somewhat of a fun distraction from current events. Here, HPD operators test a ramp system to deploy the department’s ICOR Mini robot to a lucky Harrisonburg family. The package to be delivered includes lunch donated by Jersey Mike’s Subs, to a lucky Harrisonburg family recommended by Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg-Rockingham. This family received a much-appreciated meal, and a front row seat to what will hopefully become a beneficial initiative in the community while providing vital proficiency training for the team.
Thank you guys, you made their day, they were so happy
I don’t know who thought of this but they’re a genius!
What an amazing and inspiring exchange for a kid !
Thank you all for going above and beyond for the kids and families in our community they will never forget this!
Wonderful act of kindness.
Very uplifting - made their day!!
You guys are simply awesome! Thank you!
Well done, HPD!!
Highlight of their day!
Great job HPD.
That would have been awesome to see in person
Robot savy!!!! Love it
Thank you 🙏😘😭❤️
Shirley Y Michael Morales
Savannah Meadows it’s what you seen!
This is a moronic stunt. Even before this crisis, over 65% of Harrisonburg residents were ALICE. (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed.) There are likely hundreds of hungry children in this city and hundreds of elderly poor in the city who live by themselves and are isolated without any source of income or food. The city of Harrisonburg spends close to $12,582,108 on the police department including $4,660,460 on "police administration" (source City of Harrisonburg Virginia Budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) while the city starves.
The city also spends $2,496,895 on Middle River Regional Jail, and an unspecified chunk of $8,649,898 on "joint operations" with Rockingham County on the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Jail. (The 2020 budget notes a $222,000 increase in city spending on "joint operations", "due to the city's share of capital outlay for a replacement roof at the jail...") $322,432 of the city's budget goes to the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center which made national news for abusing immigrant children. (www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/06/22/immigrant-children-shenandoah-valley-juvenile-cente...)
When the regional jail authority paid Moseley Architects $142,515 [hburgcitizen.com/2019/08/27/as-preparations-for-expansion-continue-middle-river-regional-jail-beg...] to study the local jail in preparation for an aborted plan to expand local jail facility, they found that "Probation Violators and persons admitted to jail for violating conditions of supervision represent one of the largest categories of offenders admitted and confined in Regional Jail", that "Just under half of cases were classified in misdemeanor status", that " 25.2% of persons were admitted with “revocation of
suspended sentence” recorded as the offense for which they were admitted to jail – by far the single largest offense category. " and "Approximately half (53.6%) of the sample had current charge/conviction severity codes reported as 'low' severity offenses." 20.5% were in jail for drug charges, the second most frequently reported charge behind probation violation. Only 22.1% of the prison population was confined for either a violent crime or a person crime charge. The un-sentenced awaiting trial, or pretrial population comprised 37.3% of the total population, and the total awaiting trial population was 61.2%. The report also notes that our local jail population is "older ... than many local jails in the Commonwealth" and that "many offenders are 'revolving door' jail offenders ... with substantial substance abuse/mental health issues that are associated with repeated criminal behavior and contribute to the jail's 'revolving door''. (www.valleyjusticecoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/CBCP-2014-12-20.pdf)
This is a local public health catastrophe waiting to happen. For those who don't understand why, please take the time to read this Wired article. www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-covid-19-jails-prisons/
in August 2014, when HPD sucessfully asked for another 30 grand from Harrisonburg City Council to renovate the military surplus MRAP featured in this video, the comments section of WHSV - TV3 was overwhelmingly full of negative and critical comments from local residents of all walks of life. " There is no reason for them to need/have this. It's a MILITARY vehicle for MILITARY use. Common police do not need these. If things get that out of hand you can call in the military and let them use their vehicles & such. If police get to have military grade defense machines for their protection then the American people should be allowed to have military grade weapons for our protection". "We couldn't spend this money on schools, teachers, hell even just more police?" " A militarized police state is not advantageous to the community! Law enforcement is in fact very poorly trained and is not qualified for such operations!" "A waste[.]" "If I thought we needed one of these things then I hope someone would remind me of the definition of paranoia." "BUT BUT ...... hpd REALLY wants to look cool when they go mudden ......" "Hmmm I say that if they get it you will see more abuse of power and more excuses to use this item when it is not needed the police are dangerous enough without it. So hell no[.]" "Give the city this, and the government wants to take away our 2nd amendment rights ????" 'An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.' ~Thomas Paine[.]" "This is all just so they can form a police state. Its happening everywhere." "This is a waste of resources we have an excellent National Guard that could be called upon if a vehicle like this were needed[.]" "hell no what are they gonna do with it?overpower college students?" Its Harrisonburg not Afghanistan !!!!" This is just a fraction of the negative comments from local residents that this expenditure provoked. [www.facebook.com/WHSV.TV/photos/the-harrisonburg-police-department-is-asking-the-city-council-for...]
Yes, the family in this video probably desperately needed food, and I'm glad they got it. (And there's no reason to turn this stunt into a crass product placement aside from the cynical logic of "public-private partnership".) One bag of Jersey Mike's is not going to help thousands of Harrisonburg's workers who are being driven even further into poverty by this crisis. The CEO of Jersey Mike's has a net worth of over $300 million while Jersey Mike's employees work under hazardous conditions, exposing themselves to COVID-19, putting themselves and their families at risk of death for poverty wages. Retail supermarkets in the US waste around 43 billion pounds of food every year, and restaurantswaste another 22 to 33 billion pounds (Sources: www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/wasted-food-IP.pdf, foodprint.org/issues/the-problem-of-food-waste/) What we need is not these sort of wasteful propaganda stunts, but an actual democratic redistribution of resources. The best way to achieve that is by putting the economy directly under the democratic control of the working people who produce said resources.
The real irony here is that police officers are putting themselves at very high risk for COVID-19 exposure in the course of doing their jobs, jailing their fellow wage laborers while the Wall Street speculators such as Diane Feinstein and Orville Platt who profited off of this crisis go free, and protecting the "property rights" of real estate speculators who sit on abandoned hospitals as thousands die from this plague. I have no illusion that this comment won't be deleted but I'm sure there are one or two cops reading this who understand there is some truth to what I'm saying. Maybe you signed up because you wanted to help your community, and now you're going out every day risking exposure while your supervisors and administrators make a much greater salary to sit comfortably at their desks and do nothing. The good news is you don't have to do this. You can throw down your badges any time and rejoin the rest of the working class in demanding an end to capitalist dictatorship.
One thing is certain, this is a "distraction", but it isn't a positive one
Happy Monday, Harrisonburg! Today we want to take a break from the gloom and doom you may be seeing in the news regarding COVID-19. While our current situation absolutely needs to be taken seriously, we also want to remind everyone that during this stressful time, a little kindness goes a long way.
If you’re healthy, consider offering to grocery shop for an elderly person in your community. Many grocery stores are reserving morning hours for the immunocompromised and the elderly, so plan your grocery trips for later in the day. Maybe buy only as much toilet paper as you need RIGHT NOW, instead of hoarding it like you just ate 27 tacos and chugged a gallon of coffee. If you’re crafty, sew face masks for those in need. As you’re able, support local small businesses by buying gift cards and ordering take-out so you can continue binge watching Tiger King instead of wasting precious time cooking dinner. Be friendly from a distance, extra patient with those around you, and look for ways to spread hope.
Some folks have called HPD asking about “what can and what can’t I do as a result of the Governor’s Emergency Order (EO) 53 and 55?”
That seems fair enough; here are some frequently asked questions:
Q. Does the stay at home order that only allows for travel to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, etc., allow officers to stop people to determine where they are going?
A. The law still requires law enforcement to have reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle. HPD will not be stopping people to determine their destination nor conducting checkpoints during this pandemic.
Q. I see 4 people working in close proximity to one another and not practicing social distancing, can we call law enforcement to handle?
A. Social distancing is a CDC guideline which is highly recommended. It is not something that HPD can enforce from individuals.
Q. I saw 15 people playing basketball at the park, will HPD respond to break this up?
A. The Governor’s order mandates the prohibition of all public and private in‐person, indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 individuals – with the exception of the operation of businesses not required to close under EO 53 and the gathering of family members living in the same residence. Therefore we (HPD) are able to address this with groups of 10 or more that are congregating in the same space or area. However, if I have a group playing 5 on 5 on one court and a few courts over another group is playing 5 on 5 then they would not be considered to be gathering in the same space and by order exercise is allowed.
Q. I am allowed to hold a “parking lot” church service where the attendees remain in their vehicles.
A. The Governor’s order states: Virginians are strongly encouraged to seek alternative means of attending religious services, such as virtually or via “drive-through” worship. Places of worship that do conduct in-person services must limit gatherings to 10 people, to comply with the statewide 10-person ban. Therefore, you can hold those services but maintaining social distancing between vehicles and ensuring that you do not have church staff congregating in groups larger than 10. Just a reminder that attendees still have to leave their residence to attend the parking lot service and therefore it is encouraged to provide this service virtually to maintain the “stay at home” order.
Social distancing is not a CDC guideline. It’s ordered by the Gov. in order 55. It specifically states that you are ordered to stay 6’ apart unless a family or household member.
Harrisonburg police department you need to patrol the bus stop at roses department store! Lots of homeless people hanging out in the shelter area way more than 10 people
Boston, Springfield Mass and other cities (my home) just shut down basketball & tennis courts... not abiding 6' rule
Thanks, stay safe. I think the ‘groups of ten’ muddies the water. Groups of ten are ok, but stay at home. This is the rule I see most misunderstood. Personally if you are playing basketball It would be difficult to stay a safe distance. I just want everyone to stay home so we can get this over with.
Thank you for all the police men they're doing a great job for this County
Thank you to the HPD! Stay home, be safe.
♥️LOVE YOU GUYS♥️
That was actually extremely useful, many thanks!
Many thanks to the Women and Men of HPD!!
If people are staying home and minding there business like they should how do they know about people at the basketball courts or elsewhere. To many nosey people in this world like the police dont have enough to do already.
We are currently investigating a stabbing that occurred on April 1, possibly in the area of Hawkins Street. Our investigation has led us to believe that an altercation took place around 10:30 p.m., about half an hour before the victim was taken to the hospital. The victim is being treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information regarding the circumstances or suspect’s identity is asked to contact Detective A.J. Dyer. To remain anonymous, information may be provided to HPD through Crime Solvers by calling 540-574-5050 or by texting “HPD” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES). ... See MoreSee Less
"Where Am I Wednesday" Officer Harrison B. Gnome was at Hillandale Park yesterday . There are 74 acres in the park that provide enough room to keep your distance from others. Stay up to date with what's closed and what's open in the city parks by visiting Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation. ... See MoreSee Less
Officer Harrison B. Gnome is doing his best to flatten the curve. The most recent order issued by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and engage in outdoor activities with strict social distancing requirements.
Take a guess where Officer Gnome is this week by putting your answer in the comment section. If you happen by his location while enjoying fresh air be sure to keep your distance from others. Remember to keep your dog on a leash and pick up your dog droppings. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's social distancing reminder is brought to you by Patrol Officer Stephanie Lanphier. Please keep it at least 6 feet...
Also a big shout-out to Jersey Mike's for providing our public safety employees with a bunch of delicious subs at the office! Thanks for your contribution to our public servants and to the fight against Covid-19 in the 'burg! ... See MoreSee Less
Gov. Northam issues Stay At Home order regarding COVID-19
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued a Stay At Home order, as part of the statewide response to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The order, which was issued on Monday, March 30, instructs all Virginia residents to stay at home as much as possible, unless traveling for work, for medical care for yourself or a loved one, or essential travel such as grocery shopping or purchasing other needed supplies. Residents are still welcome to go outside for exercise if they are well, as long as they maintain social distancing recommendations.
Businesses that remain open are required to follow social distancing orders of 10 patrons or fewer. If businesses cannot do so, they are to close, Northam said. Those who violate the order to limit social gatherings to 10 or fewer individuals could face a misdemeanor charge. Restaurants are still limited to takeout or delivery orders; dine-in is not allowed at this time. Gov. Northam’s full order will be available later this afternoon online at www.governor.virginia.gov.
“Do not go out unless you need to go out,” Gov. Northam said in a news conference this afternoon. City Hall will continue operating and all essential City services will continue unchanged. The building is currently closed to the public, but staff can be reached by phone at 540-432-7701.
“We urge all Harrisonburg residents to follow directions from the Governor’s Office and help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Harrisonburg City Manager Eric D. Campbell said. “It’s important that we all do what we can to support the health and wellness of our families and neighbors at this time, and following social distancing recommendations is the best way we can do that.”
Walmart, lowes, home depot, definitely don't have social distancing going on. I sat in the car while my daughter went inside of Walmart. There were 6 people coming out together, all over at least 13, one cart with 1 bag. Didn't even look like food. That's too many people going.
Thank You Gov. Northam, I pray that people will listen and respect the law.
HPD, can you explain to these people how the order from the governor can be enforced?
How about Massanutten Resort checking in 400 plus new people each week. A large percentage are from NY ‼️
I spoke to 2 nurses at Costco today. They had no mask or gloves on. They said just wash hands and dont go near strangers. Nothing about a shutdown being necessary.
I went to Walmart also and it had alot of people inside. The cashier is only one foot away when your paying for your groceries.
Is the 10 person limit going to apply to Walmart, target, Costco, etc? How are they enforcing the stay at home order?
This does no good. People and businesses do whatever they want.
Walmart,Costco, target, ect. just set up a table outside with toilet paper and a cashier. because I am about out and you cant find any for the hording, BS
It hasnt really changed
You know no one is going to stay home right
Won't do any good!!
Tina Filipowicz Wyant
Screw Northam, I'm still going out. You cant force me to stay inside. Matter of fact, I'm headed to Target to browse.
On November 1, 2012 the Harrisonburg Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) investigated the suspicious death of a 57-year-old male that resided on Dutch Mill Court in Harrisonburg.
The victim was found deceased in an unusual manner within his apartment and the case is still active. Advancements in technology has provided the MCU additional leads that are currently being pursued.
The Harrisonburg Police Department recognized that members of our community may have critical information that can greatly assist our detectives with this investigation. The police department is urging community members to be proactive and supply as much information as possible. There is a substantial monetary reward if your information assists with our investigation and leads to the arrest of an offender. Individuals are asked to contact Crime Solvers or Detective Spiggle with any information. You can contact the Major Crimes Unit or Detective Spiggle by calling (540) 437-2640. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Solvers by calling (540) 574-5050 or by texting “HPD” plus their tip to CRIMES (274637). ... See MoreSee Less
HPD Reminds Restaurants & Patrons of Governor's Order:
The Harrisonburg Police Department would like to remind all businesses that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s temporarily ban on all restaurants in the state from offering dine-in service, regardless of the number of patrons, as part of the state’s response to COVID-19, is still in effect. Although customers cannot “grab a seat and eat”, carry out and delivery is allowed. Any restaurant found to be in violation of the Governor’s order can face possible misdemeanor charges.
HPD will follow-up on complaints that it receives and will ensure that business owners and patrons alike are aware of and in compliance with the Governor’s order. Remember, this rule currently applies to dine-in service only. The department will continue to assist business owners with guidance as the City progresses through these unprecedented times.
The Governor’s Order went into effect at 11:59 pm. on March 24, 2020 and is scheduled to remain in effect until April 23, 2020. The directives also ordered the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans gathering of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year.
For more information and a thorough explanation of the Governor’s Order, please click on the following:
Some have asked “How many HPD officers and employees are working during COVID-19?” That’s a fair question….
Fortunately, the pandemic times that we find ourselves coping with now, do allow some flexibility in the way HPD is serving the community. We have more officers on the streets; our district officers are increasing their directed strategies to help reduce crime, provide their neighborhoods with added patrols, and assist other agencies in serving our citizens. Due to school closures, our SRO’s, who usually roam the hallways of our K-12, are now roaming the streets and neighborhoods providing extra presence and helping our Patrol division respond to calls for service, conduct business checks, and yes, monitor the security and integrity of school grounds.
In the office, detectives, records specialists, and other offices continue at a steady pace. Although we have secured the building to most outside traffic, we are always just a phone call away. The department, along with Fire and ECC have enacted some best practices in the Public Safety Building to include social distancing, reducing/eliminating face-to-face communication and meetings; relying on the phone and other electronic methods to get the job done, and simply using hand sanitizer and washing hands regularly.
Local businesses have also been very generous in providing food at our door to help keep employees in the office and away from others so that we can reduce our viral footprint and help the community win this fight against Covid-19. So, yes, we are running on all cylinders, and will continue to provide the best service and support possible to the City of Harrisonburg and its people.
HPD actively continues to follow CDC and other government instruction and guidelines as part of a balanced community mitigation strategy – we hope you do too. Please continue to check the city’s website www.harrisonburgva.gov/ for the latest information and as always, be safe. ... See MoreSee Less
Good report! Thank you. People need to know.
I truly hope that our community has solid respect for the 1st-First Responders, (the 9-1-1 Dispatchers), Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, Emergency Medical Responders and all those intrepid Health care workers who place themselves on the front line in this war on Covid-19. I would be remiss if ALL persons deemed "Essential" weren't also credited here for their risky contributions to maintaining a degree of normalcy in all this.
Thank you ... to each and every one of you out there who have, are and will continue to step up and go face-to-face with potential debilitating sickness..
or even death Heaven forbid!
You are all very much respected and appreciated. Mere words can't honor you properly.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
For all the extra work you are going through to make sure we are protected; at your risk.
Also a huge thanks to the small businesses who are taking a huge plunge right now. It's a struggle for us all, but I REALLY FEEL the hard times they are going through.
I hope the government takes care of them, but it is also up to US.
In hopes we all learn a lesson of love sharing and caring
during this experience
N😞T INCREASED CRIME!
Continued prayers for all first responders as the health concerns now add to the safety of your brothers in blue. May God continue to keep you all and our community safe.
This is a great communication. Big thanks and praise for our HPD, and for the excellent updates (clear messaging) on FB. 💙
God Bless and Thank You for your service. Praying for your safety.
Prayers for all members of a great department. Stay safe!
Thanks for working to keep us safe! I love HPD!
Thank you ALL for your service! God bless ya'll!
Thank you for all you do in our community.
Thanks for the work. We appreciate what you do.
Thank you all for what you do!!
Prayers for all of them.
A big THANK YOU!
Thank you Harrisonburg Police Department!
Paula Youngblood - to answer your question from yesterday.
Sadly, law enforcement agencies nation-wide are seeing increased efforts by scam artists looking to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to prey on citizens. Some scam artists are offering free testing kits, services to eliminate the virus from homes, and/or selling vaccines. Do not fall for these vampires potentially preying on you, your family, or your neighbors. Good advice includes:
• Be wary of any business, charity, or individual requesting payments in cash, by wire transfer, gift card or through the mail. • Never share your personal or financial information over email, text message or over the phone. • Know that government agencies will never call you to ask for money.
Officer Harrison B. Gnome is practicing social distancing so getting a picture taken as he interacts with local business owners and visits popular locations in the city will have to wait. You should be making an effort to practice your social distancing too.
He is taking extra precautions to keep you safe as he performs his police duties. Officers are carrying gloves, bacteria protection masks and eye protection. These items will not be worn as a routine but only when we learn that we may need to take precautions. Local police, fire and EMS personnel learn this information from the dispatchers in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center who are asking specific questions to callers who require our physical presence at a call.
We are also washing our hands often, eating healthy, maintaining our exercise program, disinfecting our work stations/vehicles and are making an effort to handle calls over the phone when it’s possible.
As usual, you can take a guess where he is. Put your answers in the comment section along with what you are doing to help us all get back to normalcy.
On March 20, 2020 officers responded to an alarm at Medicap Pharmacy and discovered the business had been burglarized. The suspects, pictured, are believed to have left in a silver SUV. Three subjects entered the pharmacy. If you recognize any of these subjects, or have information related to the burglary, contact Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050 or text "HPD" plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). ... See MoreSee Less
Update on the Interstate 81 incident. All northbound lanes are closed at mile marker 247. Northbound traffic is exiting at the 245 and being detoured east on Port Republic Road to Stone Spring Road, to RT 33 and finally back to I81. Avoid these roads until crews can clear the scene. ... See MoreSee Less
Looks like photo is taking while standing in the north bound lane but looking south. Where red truck is parked, is where the entrance ramp is. It is the same as the exit ramp as well. Entrance traffic is supposed to yield to exit traffic.... but very seldom do they. I have been nearly wiped out here so many times. And several times had to go to next exit to get off then come back down to #247 south bound to exit. Just because people don't yield.
I’m thinking what they’re thinking .... HOW!?
I wonder how this has affected the structural integrity of the overpass?
The trucker probably didn't even notice.
How exactly did this happen? Wrong way?
Wait.. how? Were they going the wrong way or is the picture just flipped??? Maybe that's it..??
A oversized load on the back of a truck caught the edge of it and broke it off.
Back in September 2019 we received a bunch of burglary calls at medical practices. In February 2020, we started a joint investigation with the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, Bridgewater Police Dept. and Elkton Police Dept. after information linking our cases together was discovered. Now, we have arrested Bryan Hedge of Bridgewater and charged him in connection to 11 burglaries that occurred in the city from September-January. He's facing additional charges from other jurisdictions as well. The cases from the city include the medical practices and several additional commercial burglaries. ... See MoreSee Less
Great job! Much of society doesn't grasp that Law Enforcement is essential to restrict the behaviors that are a product of human beings having a sinful nature. Chaos and anarchy would be the norm if our police forces were not in place. We are grateful for your service!!!
Great work! Was he shooting out windows at practices?
Good job, HPD! Great to hear he was finally caught! I'll be sure to inform the doctors here of the news!
what about the pharmacy in Bridgewater.......great job HPD and keep posting these so we can spread the news....
It wasn't the Medical Practices doing the stealing??
#Monopolistic #SlidingPriceScale #FleecingOfAmerica #LegalTheft
Way to go guys awesome job!
Great job HPD!!
Good work! Now we can all see the criminal.
Good job to all our police dept <3
Thank you guys!!
He was probably just trying to get some hair growth serum
Have you ever wondered exactly where to stop at an intersection? Or have you been frustrated by someone who stopped in the middle of the intersection and ended up blocking oncoming traffic? The attached diagram shows where to stop, per Virginia statute § 46.2-821. Educate yourself and/or tag a friend who needs some educating on the matter.
HPD's ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Unit would like to remind families to be safe online. Reviewing best practices and rules with children along with monitoring their activity online will work to keep them safe. www.harrisonburgva.gov/hpd-children-internet-safety
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children • Watch "Into the Cloud" episodes with your kids: They are binge-able, age appropriate videos that include activities to help teach children to be safer online. Into the Cloud will help them become more aware of potential risks and more empowered to help prevent victimization by making safer choices online and offline. www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/intothecloud
Some have asked “what is HPD doing in their daily routine to deal with COVID-19.” That’s a fair question…. Well, some of the measures include issuing specific personal protective equipment (PPE) to our personnel based on current CDC guidelines, adopting many of the CDC’s good practices to include social distancing, practicing proper hand hygiene, placing decontamination kits in patrol vehicles and at headquarters to clean vehicles and equipment on a regular basis, and we have also limited some services (such as fingerprinting) and postponed some department-related activities all in an effort to minimize possible exposure and transmission of Covid-19.
We continue to actively follow further instruction and guidelines as part of a balanced community mitigation strategy. We ask everyone to check the city’s website www.harrisonburgva.gov/ for the latest information and as always, be safe. ... See MoreSee Less
A woman is spreading lies on WHSV threads that you said "don't call us" and that's their excuse for buying guns. I called them out. They insist it is true. Could you make a post on your page stating you are recieving 911 and non emergency calls so I can show it to them. Or just wander on over there and correct the ding bat yourself. 🙂
FBI – Federal Bureau of InvestigationFBI Richmond is seeking the public's help to identify an unknown bank robber.
On March 4, 2020, an unknown male entered the BB&T Bank located in the 600 block of Mount Clinton Pike in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The subject brandished a firearm as he approached the tellers demanding money.
The subject wore a light gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black gloves, and a black mask.
Sadly it's the TP aisle at Red Front. Stay safe officer Gnome and your fellow officers. Thank you for your service to our community.
I believe that is one of the ever emptying aisles in Red Front.
They're still open, I was over there Monday afternoon taking advantage of their liquidation sale. There's still a good variety of things left. I definitely recommend visiting the frozen section to stock up.
Looks like Red Front, but I thought they were closed.
Target! Check out the dollar spot while there! Stay safe.
Wherever you are, please be safe....& let us know if you see any rouge TP out there!!!!
The Cost of Drunk Driving • On average, a DUI could set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing, and more. • If you’re caught drinking and driving, you could face jail time. Imagine trying to explain that to your friends and family or your place of employment. • Drinking and driving could cause you to lose your driver’s license and your vehicle. ... See MoreSee Less
HPD would like to announce the retirement of K9 Max after nine years of service.
Max is a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois who is certified in patrol tactics and narcotic detection and will remain with his handler Officer Bradley Boyce after his final shift.
Max leaves behind a legacy that includes numerous drug seizures, criminal apprehensions and the relationships made with the community who have attended one of his public demonstrations. ... See MoreSee Less
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roads. During the 2014-2018 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), 249 lives were lost due in drunk-driving crashes. In 2018, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in our country, and every single one of those deaths was preventable. Do your part this St. Patrick’s Day: Arrange for a sober driver to ensure you get home safely. ... See MoreSee Less
Harrisonburg City Public SchoolsChange to learning materials pick-up procedure: In accordance with the ban the Governor issued today on large gatherings, we are asking parents to drive through the school's pick up lane and our staff will deliver materials to each vehicle. Thanks to United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County for volunteering to assist with distribution!
(Original letter provided below for reference since it includes the pick-up days and times.) ... See MoreSee Less
**UPDATE** We have identified both subjects at this time. Thank you to everyone who contacted us with tips and information. Your support is greatly appreciated.
HPD is requesting your assistance in identifying two suspects involved in an incident earlier this weekend at Target. Pending charges include two shoplifting offenses and assault and battery.
If you are able to identify either subject, please contact us at (540) 434-4436. Anonymous tips may be received by calling Crime Solvers at (540) 574-5050 or by texting “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Thank you for your assistance.
The City of Harrisonburg and all departments are closely monitoring the latest information and recommendations concerning the Coronavirus, or Covid-19.
We are working closely with regional and national health experts in monitoring the situation, and have put all City protocols related to the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases into action. This includes reassessing some community events and activities. We are in daily contact with the Virginia Department of Health, which is providing guidance as the situation evolves.
We encourage all residents to follow Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines regarding prevention, and to follow only trusted sources for future updates and information on this matter. More information regarding Covid-19 and helpful links are available at the City of Harrisonburg's website (www.HarrisonburgVA.gov.). ... See MoreSee Less
The Harrisonburg Police Department competed in the 2020 Cart Challenge, helping to support the Brent Berry food drive. Community partnerships with Steven Toyota and Steven Kia helped HPD take 1st place in the challenge. It was an extremely worthwhile event with friendly competition from other City agencies. All the items were then donated to the Berry Family food drive which will then be given to the Salvation Army, so they can continue to help improve the quality of life for those less fortunate. ... See MoreSee Less
Officer Gnome was at Brian Mayes Karate - Harrisonburg this week working on his technique. They have a St. Patrick's Day starter package sale going on. Stop by one of the locations and tell them Officer Harrison B. Gnome sent you.
Yep Brian Mayes! Used to go there as a kid. Love that place.
West Market Street between Liberty Street and Court Square will be closed from today to March 12 to accommodate repairs to ADA ramps in the area. The closure will be in place from 7am to 3:30pm each day. Drivers will have access to Court Square from Main Street. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's Monday Message is actually stolen from one of our Facebook fans who commented on a previous Monday Message. It was such great advice, that we want to share it with everyone. So here it is:
When it comes to driving etiquette, it is better to be predictable than polite.
This means that if you have the right of way, act as such. We often respond to traffic crashes that were a result of someone being polite and allowing another driver to go first or a pedestrian to cross the street when it was not actually safe to do so. If you were the first to arrive at a 4-way stop, you have the right of way. If you don't proceed in a timely manner, this can cause confusion, traffic to back up, and in the worst case scenario, a traffic crash. If you see a pedestrian playing Frogger on E. Market Street, please do not come to a screeching halt and wave them into traffic. You may not know that there are vehicles coming up behind you in another lane and the vehicles behind you may not be prepared to suddenly stop.
Chivalry is not dead, but when it comes to driving, predictability is the best option. Stay safe, Harrisonburg! ... See MoreSee Less
And stop tailgating scooters at 35 mph it takes 136 feet to react and stop. So if your ten feet behind me and I get a flat I’m dead. Or passing me when oncoming traffic is coming and then pushing me off the road because you are impatient. Happens more often then you think.
And stop stopping in the traffic lane to give a beggar money, especially on Market at Linda/Burgess!
Use the Roundabout properly. It’s not a courtesy to let 5 drivers go and then become frustrated because you aren’t moving !!
And quit slowing down as you approach a GREEN light. Green means GO people.
I would like you to define the left lane. Specifically on 33. 🤷♀️
Another piece of advice would be to travel the speed limit. People have places to be and dont have time to be stuck behind sightseers.
Another good piece of advice is to use a turn signal. 🤦🏼♀️
This! Alllllll of this! Sincerely, the person behind you that will be honking the horn if you do these things. 🤷🏻♀️
They need to take that light at the old Sheraton hotel down and put it at the wall behind Kroger where there are a lot of accidents.
Oh and lest we not forget the devilish YIELD sign or are they just for decoration at this point 🤬
HPD... it would be a ggod thing if you were to publish the 'How-To' of traffic circles. So many Americans haven't a clue.
dont race through parking lots either
How half these people behind the wheel ever got a license is beyond me. They drive like they were taught by monkeys. Pedestrians are just as bad
Harrisonburg, VA - GovernmentDrivers will not be able to exit Interstate 81 North at Exit 245/Port Republic Road for a brief period in March as crews work to prepare for a realignment of the current northbound exit ramp. The exit ramp will be closed March 9 to 11 as crews conduct infrastructure work needed for the realignment, which is currently under construction in hopes of being completed this summer. The City has scheduled the preliminary work for early March to coincide with James Madison University's spring break to cause as little traffic disruption as possible. Both southbound ramps, and the northbound on ramp, will still be accessible.
While the ramp is closed, drivers will be directed to use Exit 247 at East Market Street. Notices and detour signs will be placed at both exits. Drivers also may experience temporary lane closures on Port Republic and Forest Hill roads during this time.
Once completed, the ramp realignment will relocate the northbound off ramp to make it align with Forest Hill Road. The project seeks to improve the safety of drivers on Port Republic Road and of those trying to access Forest Hill Road after exiting the interstate. The project also will relocate the James Madison University R-10 and R-11 parking lot entrance to Hunters Road, and the university has been a significant partner in the overall project – providing all needed right of way and easements for the project at no cost to the City.
The City was awarded a Virginia Department of Transportation Smart Scale grant for the realignment. ... See MoreSee Less
***UPDATE*** Joshua Ausberry has turned himself in.
It's not Felony Friday, but we wanted to get this out to the community before the end of the week. We are searching for wanted person, Joshua Ausberry, on charges of rape, abduction with intent to defile, and attempted malicious bodily injury. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact HPD or Crime Solvers. Information leading to the capture of Ausberry is eligible for a monetary reward. Ausberry was last known to be living near downtown Harrisonburg, but also has ties to Page County and Staunton, Virginia.
UPDATE: Mr. Ausberry turned himself in to police on March 9, 2020. ... See MoreSee Less
Did you try looking in Luray, Virginia. He have Facebook friends from Luray, Virginia LPD
Like, what, SERIOUSLY?????? This is impossible...someone is making false allegations on him.
Did tell you this man was released by Commonwealth on a PR bond share find that and send that and let that fall in the news hands .. How do you plan to restore Name you drugged through the mud for nonsense
**UPDATE** These pictures are the actual vehicle from the bank robbery Wednesday, March 4. The vehicle is described as a 2008-2010 Ford Expedition, white in color, with tan trim. The trim level is most likely the Eddie Bauer package with the trim thicker across the base of the doors. The vehicle also has power retractable/deployable running boards. There appears to be a large dent in the back hatch on the driver side, and paint peeling from the area where the back glass meets the passenger side window. The vehicle did not display a front license plate.
We are also asking that anyone who lives beyond the city limits along Mt. Clinton Pike (and connecting roads) review any private security or doorbell cameras they have for this vehicle. The vehicle was leaving the city limits at 3:11 p.m.
Information can be sent through PM's, Crime Solvers, or by calling Detective Brooke Wetherell directly at (540) 432-7788. ... See MoreSee Less
The Harrisonburg Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred today just after 3 p.m. at the BB&T Bank located at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Mt Clinton Pike.
The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. He is described as a white male, wearing blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his face and wearing a black mask.
The male fled the scene in a white 2000 to 2010 Ford Expedition with tan trim. The vehicle was last seen driving west on Mt Clinton Pike after the robbery. The picture of the vehicle below is a stock photo and not the actual vehicle.
Anyone with information on the suspect or on the robbery is encouraged to contact the Major Crimes Unit at (540) 437-2640. To remain anonymous contact Crime Solvers at (540) 574-5050 or text “HPD” plus their tip to CRIMES (274637). ... See MoreSee Less
How u know he’s white u can’t tell the color of his skin
The 7/11 on the northeast corner of that intersection should have exterior cameras. Those cameras could have caught him passing through the intersection, and could show details on the car or maybe a tag number
Also I’m guessing he probably took the mask off after he left the scene to avoid attention, so any cameras he passed while fleeing could potentially have caught his face
Yours truly, someone who watches too many crime shows
Got a pic of the car but no license plate? Also: bank can't afford a better camera? Even a Nokia phone could have taken better quality video. They deserve being robbed if they are so cheap they can't buy good cameras. Even a 2005 phone takes better video.
Do you have an estimated height?
I still don't understand why banks and other businesses in the community do not invest in a better surveillance camera system. I hope you can find the criminal! Harrisonburg does not need this type of slag !!!
The BB&Ts in Harrisonburg have bad luck with getting robbed 😕 Glad it seems like no one was hurt at least.
I was actually on my way to do my work deposit for the day and couldnt cause of this i dodge this thank god
No plate #? He is gone-diggity... to be fair, BB&T stole like $167 from me back in 2006, sooo...
I know who it is
Wait I think this is the guy I'm going against for a promotion... ya'll can detain for 72hrs right? Thats all I need.. lol
*** UPDATE *** The pictured individuals came to the police department and identified themselves. A special thank you to those that took the time to send tips. Keep in mind that the the phrase "Innocent until proven guilty" is still accurate.
Do you think shoplifting does not affect you as a consumer? You might assume that stores simply absorb the costs associated with inventory lost through shoplifting. However, store owners typically pass on the costs of shoplifting to consumers in the form of higher prices.
Can you identify these individuals from a recent shoplifting case? The car possibly has a Virginia handicapped tag.
Anonymous tips for a possible award can be sent to Crime Solvers by calling (540) 574-5050 of text "HPD" plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). ... See MoreSee Less
What about people running welfare benefits stealing 7.5 million that is taking away from food stamps for needy families and after she was caught they gave her a 3 million dollar severance package. This was in Florida. So how are people supposed to survive if they can't get help from their state. Not everyone has dependency issues, some have health issues or their children do. We have no idea of someone's personal circumstances. Also why does Walmart apply for federal funding every time they open a new store? You would think that their profit would determine they are ineligible. They are practically a monopoly!
Getting rid of self check outs will help these stores !
When I worked at Walmart, all loss (stolen goods, damaged good, that frozen pizza you decided to leave in the clothing section and wasn't discovered for a couple hours) came out of our quarterly bonuses. Sometimes it was so bad that we wouldn't get a bonus at all. We can talk about the evil of corporations all day, but that doesn't change the fact that your decisions can hurt low-income workers who are just trying their best to get by and are getting screwed over at every turn.
Lol the local police doing bourgeois economic analysis in defense of capitalism is a little on the nose
Hope you get some good leads.
What did they steal?
The largest theft is from employees.. "shrink" accounts for 70% of theft.
Also wal-mart is a sh*tty company. They pay their workers a garbage wage and encourage them to collect food stamps and other forms of assistance...
"ThEfT iMpAcTs ThE cOnSuMeR"
What do you think impacts the population more an extra 3 cents for mac and cheese or supporting government programs because one the largest companies in the country doesn't pay a living wage?
Today marks the end of an era...The HPD utility van 863 fondly known as "the bread truck" was officially retired from police service today. It has served many roles in the department; command post, SWAT van, Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) van, trash hauler, etc...all in humble service to the community. "I would like to thank all those who put up with me taking two parking spots in the police lot for all these years," 863 said before being driven to the city shop. It will be missed and not forgotten. Rumor has it, 863 may see future service in the city elsewhere. Good luck truck, and Godspeed! ... See MoreSee Less
What a classic. Carbureted V8 with over one hundred zillion hard miles. It was cool to cruise the streets of the city with the sliding door open. The retractable side awning likely doubled the price of the truck.
The 245 exit ramp on Interstate 81 North will be closed March 9 to 11 as crews conduct infrastructure work. Both southbound ramps and the northbound entrance ramp will remain open. Drivers also may experience delays on Port Republic Road and Forest Hill Road during this time. ... See MoreSee Less
Imagine dressing like this at 45 years old. #GoingPlaces
It's definitely not a pro Trumper because they're busy working for a living. It's a liberal because they're the ones that think they're entitled to other people's stuff without having to earn it.
Sheez. Redneck in mini van likely a pro Trumper that hates "Dem Mexican" is a thief. One of the stickers is clearly "Trump 2020" btw (middle one) That is why it wasn't posted before. The political fallout
Officer Harrison B. Gnome is getting a picture taken as he interacts with local business owners and visits popular locations in the city.
Do you know where he is? Put your answers in the comment section.
If you are the first one to mention Officer Harrison B. Gnome at today's featured business you get a free container full of a tasty liquid. We can't tell you too much or it would be an easy guess. ... See MoreSee Less
A special thank you to the multiple individuals that sent tips.
On February 21st just before midnight an officer stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Wolfe and Liberty Street. As the officer began conversing with the male driver he fled the stop. Unfortunately, the vehicle displayed a tag belonging to a different vehicle. If you recognize this individual or vehicle we’d appreciate you letting us know. Send us a PM or contact Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050. ... See MoreSee Less
Today’s Monday Message is about how to not get scammed. If the police, FBI, IRS, ICE, or a Nigerian Prince calls your home or cell phone demanding money, it is a SCAM. If a computer repair company, "John" from the “Orthopedic Center for Medical Services,” or a secret shopper with an exciting business opportunity calls your home or cell phone asking for money, it is a SCAM. If anyone asks you to load money onto a gift card and give them the card number(s) over the phone, through text, or via e-mail, it is a SCAM. Should you ever feel unsure about a phone call that you receive, please hang up and call our non-emergency number to confirm whether you are being scammed.