The Vernon Hills Police Department Patrol Section is the largest section of the agency. This core of the department is comprised of four shifts of officers. Each shift consists of a commander and a sergeant, who have the role of shift supervisors.
The patrol section is primarily the first response to emergency and non-emergency incidents.
Calls for Service
During 2016, the department responded to 27,781 total calls for service. This includes everything from responding to parking complaints to the most complex criminal cases. Patrol officers routinely conduct preliminary investigations of crimes, enforce traffic laws, and promote safety in Vernon Hills.
Patrol officers on the Vernon Hills Police Department work 12-hour shifts, either from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., or from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Each shift works as a team, with each member of the team having the same days off. Two teams are assigned to each 12-hour period.
When one team is working, the other is off. Each team works for two or three days and will then be off for the same amount of time while the other team for that time period is on duty.
There are also officers assigned to work from 10:00am to 10:00pm and from 2:00pm to 2:00am. These officers supplement the regular teams of officers during the busiest times of the day.