It is the mission of the La Vernia Police Department to protect the citizens and visitors of the community. This is accomplished through community policing with a focus on vigilance and diligence in the services that we provide. It is our duty.
Nostri est protego
The La Vernia Police Department is staffed by professional officers that serve a population of 1,249 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Each member of the department is certified as a peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. The department strives to maintain a level of excellence by conducting training and staying abreast of current events. When not readily available, the department will send officers to other agencies to receive such training.
In addition to the population in the city, the department is also responsible for providing safety and security for the entire La Vernia Independent School District which has a student enrollment of over 3000. The department is actively involved with school administrators in an effort to make the campuses safer. This is not only accomplished by working closely with the staff, but also by a constant presence on the campuses.
All officers are trained First Responders and work with the local fire department and emergency medical services to respond and provide immediate steps to prevent further injury or damage. Members of the department coordinate with other agencies at the local, state, and federal level. This collaborating of issues and shared information can be vital in keeping our community safe.
Each year the police department responds to more than 1,000 calls for service. These responses can result in criminal arrests, traffic citations, warning citations, accident investigations and crime reports. Not all calls are criminal in nature. Some calls received will result in referrals to other agencies.
National Night Out
The City of LaVernia regrets to announce that, out of an abundance of caution, the National Night Out (NNO) event, at the city park, scheduled for the 6th October 2020, has been cancelled. In response to the increase of COVID-19 cases, and recommendations from the Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, the NNO planners felt it was in the best interest of our residents to cancel. Residents are still encouraged to turn on their porch lights and celebrate NNO from home.
We look forward to an excellent event next year so mark your calendars for October 5, 2021.
National Night Out is a community event that is held nationwide. The purpose of the event is for community members to come together and get to know each other. This gives way to neighbors watching over neighbors and reporting incidents or suspicious activity to police.
La Vernia holds a community wide National Night Out celebration in the City Park on the first Tuesday in October of every year from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. There are informational displays and vehicles from the community’s emergency services for the public to enjoy. Additionally, there are many other organizations that come out to provide free information to the community. There are fun activities for the kids to participate in as well as food to feed the family. The best part of the entire event is that it is totally free. Funds and donations are received from local businesses and families that purchase all of the food and assist in deferring other costs.
This year’s event is in the planning stages and as of now and it looks to be bigger and better. Make plans to join us. Stay tuned to this website for additional information.
Project Child Safe
The La Vernia Police Department is proud to be a partner with Project Child Safe. This organization a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit charitable organization committed to promoting firearms safety among firearms owners through the distribution free firearm Safety Kits. When available, these kits can be obtained from the Police Department. You can also get educational information and other items from their website www.projectchildsafe.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I contact the police department?
A: Emergencies, dial 911. To report a crime that does not require an emergency response, please contact (830) 393-2535. For general information and/or business related questions, please contact (830) 779-4541 x1.
Q: Will the police check my residence while I am out of town?
A: Yes. You can either contact the department at the information number or come to the department to request the check. You will be asked information to include date of departure and return. Please note: If you return prior to the given date, you must come to the department to cancel the check. This is only so we can ensure that the person cancelling the request is legitimate.
Q: Can I get a copy of a police or accident report?
A: Yes. The rules of the Open Record Act may apply. Please contact City Hall at (830) 779-4541 x2 for information on obtaining these reports.
Q: If I receive a traffic ticket or court summons, where do I go to take of it?
A: You can go to the office of the court clerk, located in City Hall, 102E Chihuahua, La Vernia, Texas 78121. If you have questions regarding the citation please contact that office at (830) 779-4541 x2
Q: What community services does the police department provide?
A: In addition to the security checks, the department will also provide community awareness briefings. Please contact (830) 779-4541 x1 to discuss your needs.
The La Vernia Police Department has opportunities for employment.
No current opening at this time, please check back as we will post if a position becomes available.
Submitting your Application:
Complete the application in one of the following ways:
City of La Vernia
Attn: Police Dept.
P.O. Box 225
La Vernia, Texas 78121
La Vernia City Hall
102 E. Chihuahua St.
If you are interested in working for the La Vernia Police Department, please contact Sgt. Donald Keil at 830-303-9997
Equal Employment Opportunity
The La Vernia Police Department is a drug and tobacco free workplace.
City of La Vernia, Texas | PO Box 225 | 102 E. Chihuahua | La Vernia, TX 78121-0225 | (830) 779-4541
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