Becoming a Police Officer

A Career of Distinction

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” — Muhammad Ali

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Like the vast majority of police departments in America, the North Vernon Police Department employs less than 50 officers and is classified as a small police department. Although the size classification may be small the career is anything but. Officers are expected to be innovators and problem solvers in a multitude of areas. The NVPD team functions by training all officers to a very high level of excellence as quickly as possible. Working for a small department prevents an officer from being “lost” within the department structure and talents are recognized and rewarded early in an officer’s career. Also, officers are able to work investigations from start to finish and can employ all of their skills every day with a great deal of latitude to pursue areas of law enforcement they find most interesting. Additionally, a short chain-of-command means that everyone has a voice and new employees often have a say concerning policy development.

The City of North Vernon cherishes its small-town feel and appreciates and respects members of law enforcement. The police department administration cares about the overall prosperity of every employee and career fulfillment is a top priority.

The Police Department offers two paths to public service. The department currently employees 18 full time police officers to serve the citizens of North Vernon. As openings for full time employment develop, they will be posted on this site. Officers are selected through a rigorous and competitive hiring process. The department also employs volunteer officers within the department’s reserve force. Applications for the reserve force are eligible for submission year-round. Full time officer positions are time sensitive and resumes and/or applications are by invitation only following successful passage of entry level review. (See below)

Requirements for Reserve Police Officer:

  • Must be a resident citizen of the United States.
  • Must be a resident of Jennings County, Indiana or one of the six adjoining counties at the time of appointment.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Must complete an annual physical assessment.
  • Cannot have a felony conviction.
  • Must submit to a background investigation.
  • Must not have tattoos or other intentional body markings below wrists or above shirt collar.
  • Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction involving domestic violence.
  • Cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military.
  • Must be able to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month.
If you feel like you are a fit for this position please download the application here.

Please download and submit this Waiver of Information Release as well.

Requirements for Full-Time Police Officer Position:

  • Must be a resident citizen of the United States.
  • Must be a resident of Jennings County, Indiana or one of the six adjoining counties at time of appointment.
  • Must be 21 years old and have not reached their 36th birthday by date of appointment.  EXEMPTIONS for persons with 20 years of eligible military service and an honorable discharge. Those exempted applicants may not be more than 40 years and six months of age at time of appointment.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Must posses a valid driver's license.
  • Must complete all phases of the hiring process (possible exemption for lateral entry).
  • Cannot have a felony conviction.
  • Must submit to a background investigation.
  • Must not have tattoos or other intentional body markings below wrists or above shirt collar.
  • Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction involving domestic violence.
  • Cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military.

How can I get more Information about the City of North Vernon Police Department?

Contact the Administrative Offices at:
City of North Vernon Police Department

101 North Madison Avenue
North Vernon, Indiana
Phone:812.346.2345

Or, E-mail the Chief of Police, and enter "Information Request" in the subject line.  Please include a brief description of the information being requested along with your name, address, phone number, and email.

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