Chief's Message


Chief James Kenny The Vernon Police Department is committed to excellence and the delivery of professional police services while providing its members with the equipment and training needed to successfully complete the mission.

Vernon's Most Wanted

A Call to Serve

Few careers offer more opportunities for self-fulfillment than service as a police officer.

What is the job of a police officer? Is it crime fighting? service provider? homeland security agent? peacekeeper? mental health worker? community problem solver? IThe answer is "Yes."

Today's police officer must perform all of these tasks on a daily basis. While the stereo-typical job of crime fighting is an essential role, it is not the most prevalent, and in the view of many, not the most important.

Odds are, as a police officer, you will spend far more time engaged in problem solving issues and services. Those who are looking for a career filled with the type of daily edge-of-your-seat excitement depicted on television will be disappointed. While the dangers of the job are real, and you will be expertly trained to respond to any situation, the heart of policing lies in daily interactions with citizens.

Today, the focus of police work has shifted from crime fighting to a more community oriented style of policing and problem solving. Sometimes through the problem solving process we are able to determine the problem is not a police matter or "solve" the problem without the need for criminal arrests.

Policing is a job that will bring out the best in you and make you more than you are right now. It is a job with serious responsibilities, but the reward is having a job that really counts. Policing will ask a lot of you, but it will give you so much in return.

While the responsibility is great, the rewards are unrivaled.

Law Enforcement

Oath of Honor

"On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community and the agency I serve."