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 Rich History and a Bright Future

As a law enforcement officer, you will join the ranks of a storied profession that dates back centuries. Modern policing is a great mix of tried and true methods combined with application of the latest cutting-edge theories and technologies. The profession is growing and advancing to meet the needs of the 21st century environment.

The first organized police department in Vernon 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.

Opportunities in law enforcement extend beyond basic employment. Today, the role of police is evolving to encompass broader areas of influence, from local community problems to global terrorist attacks.

To meet this need, approaches to policing are not what they used to be. Today, more and more agencies are moving away from traditional reactive methods and are emphasizing community and intelligence-based policing. The impact an officer can have on a community goes far beyond arrest and prosecution of criminals. The focus is on problem solving, analysis, and collaboration among community groups and other police agencies.