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.
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 of age and must be less than 40 years of age by date of appointment, or be a veteran with 20 years of armed forces service with a maximum age of 40 years and 6 months. *Service requirement will be confirmed by checking the DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214). *
- 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.