The Patrol Division functions as the backbone of the Vernon Police Department. It is the most visible unit of the department, serving as its eyes and ears and aspiring to serve the community in a competent and proficient manner.
The primary objective of the Vernon Police Department's Patrol Division is to provide prompt, professional service to the town of Vernon, and protect the safety and security of all its citizens.
Patrol works with the community to prevent crime, proactively address traffic concerns and solve community problems.
Patrol officers not only protect individuals who are in danger of physical harm (and those who cannot care for themselves), but they also protect every individual's Constitutional guarantees.
The ordinance enacted by the new Common Council of the City of Rockville in 1890 established a Police Committee consisting of one alderman and two councilmen, having general management of the City’s police department. The Mayor became Chief of Police, ex officio, while the Police Department was to consist of a Captain and not less than three nor more than ten policemen, augmented by supernumerary policemen. The Captain was designated to “superintend” the Police Department, functioning in the capacity of today’s chief of police.
By the 1970s, the Public Safety building was no longer adequate and the current home of the Police Department was erected in 1979. The new building provided proper space for Communications, administrative offices, the Detective Division, Records, evidence storage, roll-call/report writing room and both male and female locker rooms. In addition, a three bay garage was included to provide maintenance on site for the growing fleet of vehicles by a full-time police mechanic.
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