The City of Vergennes Police Department is responsible for all law enforcement activities and the execution of a variety of public safety duties in the City of Vergennes, Vermont. The City of Vergennes is the central commerce location for four neighboring towns in Addison County, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Waltham and Addison.
Vergennes is also the location of regional education district made up of elementary, middle, high school, and private regional elementary schools. Due to busy vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the Vergennes Police Department takes a very proactive approach to enforcement of motor vehicle law in and around our city.
Vergennes Police Department officers also handle thousands of calls for service every year both in the City of Vergennes and in surrounding communities due primarily to our geographic location and to the small law enforcement community which protects Addison County. Due to the variety of requests for law enforcement assistance by our community, Vergennes Police Department officers are trained in special skills to address the variety of complex calls for service.
Our department has a narcotics investigation team, a canine unit, a commercial motor vehicle enforcement team, death investigators, drug recognition experts, an impaired driving instructor, instructors on use of force, firearms, speed enforcement devices, officer response to active shooters, core values and leadership, community policing and “Blue Courage” police ethics training, field training officers and a certified evidence handling and processing officer. We will soon be adding a uniformed bike patrol capability.
Sir Robert Peel's Policing Principles
3 CORE IDEAS
9 policing principles
In 1829, Sir Robert Peel established the London Metropolitan Police Force. He became known as the “Father of Modern Policing,” and his commissioners established a list of policing principles that remain as crucial and urgent today as they were two centuries ago. They contain three core ideas and nine principles.
9 Policing Principles
9 Policing Principles
- To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
- To recognize always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behavior, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
- To recognize always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing cooperation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
- To recognize always that the extent to which the cooperation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
- To seek and preserve public favor, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humor, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
- To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public cooperation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
- To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
- To recognize always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
- To recognize always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.