The Patrol Division is dedicated to keeping Vermillion a safe community. It is comprised of the men and women who wear the patrol uniform daily and sport black and white patrol cars. They are the most visible representatives of the Department. Patrol Officers are responsible for responding to calls for service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They respond to all police emergencies as well as some fire and medical calls. Some of their other duties include traffic and parking enforcement, conflict resolution, accident investigation, criminal investigation, community presentations, and proactive patrols of the community.
The Patrol Officers utilize a variety of vehicles and equipment to perform their tasks. VPD patrol officers meet and exceed the highest training standards required by state and federal guidelines. The training program for the department can be described as intense and demanding and helps to develop the officer's interpersonal and critical thinking skills. An emphasis on verbal de-escalation and community outreach techniques sets the Vermillion Police Department apart from the rest. Many of the Patrol Division's officers maintain instructorships for various disciplines.
The Patrol Division is supervised by Lieutenant Ryan Hough. He has been with the department since 2002. He has risen through the ranks of the Patrol Division in various roles, including a street supervisor. He has a Master's Degree in Security Management and is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Staff and Command in Chicago, IL. The Patrol Division consists of three Sergeants as well as twelve patrol officers.