The first organized police department in Vernon, CT was established in 1890 and was known as the Rockville Police Department. At the time of its creation, only four men made up the force. Law enforcement in rural Vernon was the responsibility of local constables.
In 1965, the Rockville Police Department and the Vernon constables consolidated and the Vernon Police Department was established.
Today, over fifty highly trained officers are dedicated to providing the best service and protection to the citizens of Vernon.
Successful applicants to the Vernon Police Department receive over twenty weeks of extensive training at the police academy (POST) in Meriden, Connecticut. At the academy, students receive instruction in all facets of law enforcement, including classroom studies, physical training, self-defense and firearms training. Upon completion of the academy, all Vernon Police recruits enter into a fourteen week field training program where they are teamed with three different field training officers. After completion of the field training, the recruits receive continuous updates to their training throughout their career.
Once the officer has completed three years of service, they are able to apply for specialty assignments. These assignments include Field Training Officer, Honor Guard, Traffic Services, East Central Narcotic Task Force (undercover), Bicycle Patrol, School Resource Officer, CREST (Capital Region Emergency Service Teams), K9 officer and accident reconstruction.