Police Department Overview
The Mount Vernon Police Department currently provides law enforcement services with three shifts of officers, seven days a week, twenty-four hours per day. The department currently employs 22 officers, 1 SRO officer, 4 detectives, as well as the Chief and Captain, Administrative Supervisor, 2 administrative support staff and 1 Records Clerk.
The Mount Vernon Police Department also has an ESU team. This team consists of a group of elite, specially trained police officers that are called out and utilized under specific circumstances.
The department utilizes a “speed” trailer, placed on various streets at various times, to enable drivers in recognizing their speed. Our goal is to help drivers become aware of the speed limit, of their speed and to ultimately encourage compliance with the speed regulations.
The City of Mount Vernon is a relatively safe community, however, like most cities there will be criminal activity that occurs. Our detective division handles a variety of cases from misdemeanors to felonies including but not limited to: Arson/Explosives, Firearms, Assaults/Aggravated Assaults, Bad Checks/Thefts, Death Investigations, Fraud/Forgery/ID Fraud, Domestic Violence, Fleeing/Eluding, Robberies, Sex Offenses, Stolen Vehicles, Homicide, Child Pornography and other miscellaneous unclassified cases.
The Mount Vernon Police Department also offers the following services (some include a fee) at our lobby window, Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: House Check registration, Bicycle registration, Background checks, Public Records requests, release of impounded vehicles and Offense/Accident report copies. Please refer to our “Fees” tab for further information.
The Administrative Supervisor for the City of Mount Vernon Police Department handles the following services (fees apply): Taxi Cab licenses, Solid Waste Hauler permits and fingerprinting. These services require an appointment; please refer to our “Fees” tab for further information on fee charges, contact information including phone number and e-mail address. The Administrative Supervisor also maintains the impound lot and is charged with disposal of vehicles that are not claimed.
The School Resource Officer (SRO) is assigned to the Mount Vernon Middle School, High School and the Knox County Career Center during the school year. During the time when school is out he is utilized on patrol with concentration on drug interdiction.
The Police Department is in the process of bringing back bicycle patrol. Each shift will have a several officer who are bicycle trained and will focus on the parks and residential areas. Bicycles will add another tool to reduce neighborhood crime while allowing better interaction with the public. Bicycle Patrol will also assist in education and public relations.
The police department is also responsible for “parking” enforcement. Currently this is handled by on-duty officers and a computerized record of all violations is handled by the Records Clerk. Parking tickets can be paid at the lobby window during normal business hours.
The Administration office employs two Executive Secretaries who manage all of the department’s payroll, and all secretarial functions for the Administration.