Vinton Police Department

  • Agency: Vinton Police Department
  • Address: 310 A Avenue, Vinton , 52349 IA
  • Chief: Jeff Tilson (Chief of Police)
Phone: (319) 472-2321
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Vinton Police Department is located at 310 A Avenue, Vinton , 52349 IA. The Chief of Police of the department is Jeff Tilson. The Vinton Police Department phone number is (319) 472-2321.

Vinton Police Department News

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of October 16-22, 2017 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent and unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests October 16 Austin Michael Zeien 18 Vinton, IA Charged with Theft 5th Degree. (Simple Misdemeanor) October 16 Chaz Michael Mathias 24 Belle Plaine, IA Arrested on Intrastate Warrant for Original Charges of Driving While Barred. (Aggravated Misdemeanor) and Possession of A Controlled Substance. (Serious Misdemeanor) October 17 Jacob Aaron White 30 Vinton, IA Arrested on Intrastate Warrant for Original Charge of Forgery. (Felony) October 17 Matthew Francis Fox 18 Vinton, IA Charged with Consumption of Alcohol in Public Place. (Simple Misdemeanor) Charged with Disorderly Conduct. (Simple Misdemeanor) October 17 Michael James Roster 39 Vinton, IA Arrested on Intrastate Warrant for Original Charges of Unauthorized Use of Credit Card. (Felony) and Theft 2nd. (Felony) October 19 Derek Ivar Counter 24 Newhall, IA Charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense. (Aggravated Misdemeanor) October 22 Jessica Hazel Burroughs 38 Grundy Center, IA Charged with Operation While Intoxicated 1st Offense. (Serious Misdemeanor) Juvenile Referrals None No Citations were issued the Week of October 16-22. Three Written Warnings for traffic offenses were issued the Week of October 16-22, 2017 and they were for failure to Obey Stop Sign or Signal and failure to Possess Valid Driver’s License. No reported motor vehicle accidents for the Week of October 16-22, 2017. For the week of October 16-22, 59- complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

VOTING HAS OPENED: Please go online to vote for the K9 Aftermath Grant from now until November 7. Link Below. Please share! http://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/

We would like to say "Thank you" to everyone at Vinton Newspapers in support of our K9 Program. Mona Garwood, General Manager recently presented Senior Police Officer Parmater and K9 Officer Gino with a very generous and much appreciated donation.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of October 2 – October 8, 2017 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests None Juvenile Referrals None One Citation was issued for the Week of October 2 - October 8, 2017 for Speed. Six Written Warnings for offenses were issued the Week of October 2 - October 8, 2017 and they were for Ordinance Violations, Careless Driving and Speed. No reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of October 2 - October 8, 2017. For the Week of October 1 - October 8, 2017 – 52 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

PRESS RELEASE: 10/06/2017 VINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT’S K-9 GINO RECEIVES BODY ARMOR The Vinton Police Department’s K9 Gino has received a bullet and stab resistant protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Gino’s vest is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department”. K9 Ty died due to complications during surgery to treat injuries received while he and officers attempted to rescue a woman and child being held hostage in a home. K9 Gino’s new vest will primarily be worn during high-risk activities such as searches for criminal suspects. K9 Gino and his partner, Senior Police Officer Ben Parmater, have been very active during the ten months since they completed their initial six week training at Vohne Liche Kennels in Indiana. In that time, the team has made 15 narcotics arrests, has been called to assist in a search for a missing person, and assisted other officers searching for suspects who had fled on foot on three occasions. K9 Gino and SPO Parmater continue to train regularly and were recently re-certified in obedience, tracking, article recovery, apprehension, and narcotics detection through the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA). Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

PLEASE VOTE: 2017 AFTERMATH K9 GRANT We will be participating in the Aftermath K9 Grant this year and this year, the Aftermath K9 Grant will awarding a total of $15,000 in grants to five departments and their existing or prospective K9 programs for maintenance, safety equipment, or officer training. Community members are encouraged to nominate and vote for local departments; the top five departments with the most votes will be awarded grants. Voting period begins October 11, 2017 and ends November 7, 2017. Link is below to start voting beginning October 11, 2017! We truly appreciate your time and support for our K9 Program and all the hard work Senior Patrol Officer Ben Parmater and K9 Officer Gino have been doing! Please share! http://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/

It's on it's way......Vinton Shellsburg Cross Country Team are on their way, running the game ball from Charles City, stay safe and.....GO VIKINGS.

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of September 18-24, 2017 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent and unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests September 18 Austin Michael Zeien 18 Lone Tree, IA Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Original Charge of Theft 4th Degree. (Serious Misdemeanor) (Benton County) September 21 Luke Jacob Pohlmann 30 Vinton Charged with Driving Under Suspension. (Serious Misdemeanor). Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. (Simple Misdemeanor) Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. (Serious Misdemeanor) September 21 Chance Jay Walker 32 Vinton Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Original Charge of Disorderly Conduct. (Simple Misdemeanor) (Benton County) September 24 Alexander Grant Richter 18 Vinton Charged with Operating While Intoxicated. (Serious Misdemeanor) Juvenile Referrals None One Citation was issued for the Week of September 18-24, 2017 for No Insurance. Three Written Warnings for traffic offenses were issued the Week of September 18-24, 2017 and they were for Speeding, Stop Sign or Signal and No Insurance. One reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of September 18-24, 2017. For the Week of September 18-24, 2017 – 75 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police Department.

Information: 4th Street near E Avenue will be down to one lane the better part of all next week due to some street repairs.

Vinton has been named one of the 2017 SafeWise 20 Safest Cities in Iowa. Here is a link to the story: https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-iowa/

Our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Kelchen and Anamosa Police Department families on the tragic loss of Officer Mitch Kelchen who died in an automobile accident this past weekend.

FOUND: Set of keys around 4th Avenue and 13th Street. Small flashlight and bank key fob attached. Please stop in or call to identify.

We would like to say "thank you" to Regions Bank for the recognition and the wonderful treats. We are always proud to serve our community!

Lost dog: 8/23/17 Black/silver/grey Poodle "Lucy". Microchipped. Diabetic needs medication. She is 8 years old. Red bow on collar. Lost in the area of the rec center and pool.

Congratulations Blake Henkle on your graduation from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy this past weekend! We wish you all the best.

Please join us in welcoming our newest sworn officer, Officer Alex Gutierrez and his family.

Found dog, walking on 4th Street. Please contact us at 319-472-2321.

It's that time of year again.....Mother Nature is in control. Please be very mindful of the heat. Please think of your neighbors, elderly, children and pets. It only takes seconds for a hot vehicle or home to turn deadly.

Congratulations to our new reserve officers: Reserve Officer Payton Bartling Reserve Officer Cory Nesbitt Reserve Officer JR Schemmel PRESS RELEASE: 06/26/2017 New Vinton PD Reserve Officers Sworn In On June 18, 2017, the Vinton Police Department held a swearing-in ceremony for three newly certified reserve police officers. JR Schemmel, Cory Nesbitt, and Payton Bartling were hired and began their training for the volunteer positions in the fall of 2016. They recently became certified as reserve peace officers by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). Approximately 30 family members, friends and area law enforcement personnel attended the ceremony to watch as family members pinned the new reserve officers’ badges onto their uniforms before they took the Oath of Office. The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy requires a minimum of 80 hours of formal training and 40 hours of evaluated time on patrol in order to be considered for certification. The Vinton Police Department exceeds the Academy’s minimum training requirements by more than double. The new reserve officers completed approximately 30 additional hours of formal basic training, approximately 50 hours of weapons training, ongoing monthly training sessions, and have just begun a minimum 120 hour field training program where they will continue to be evaluated by regular police officers while on patrol. The new reserve officers hit the street this past weekend for the first time in uniform during Party in the Park and CountryFest providing more than 62 man-hours of additional coverage and visibility for no additional expense to the City of Vinton. Reserve officers patrolled on foot, in squad cars, and on bicycles assisting regular officers with their duties. The Vinton Police Department currently has seven reserve police officers who donate a minimum of eight hours per month to the City of Vinton. They receive $1.00 per year as mandated by State law but have full powers of arrest and allowed to perform most duties of a regular peace officer once they are fully trained. Information pamphlets are available at the Vinton Police Department for anyone interested in becoming a reserve police officer.

June 22, 2017: Party In The Park. Vinton Police keeping all the kids safe during the Kiddie Parade.

We would like to thank Steve Haefner of Haefner Home Furnishings for his beautiful metal artwork that he donated. Haefner Home Furnishings

PRESS RELEASE: 05/23/2017 VINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT’S K-9 GINO TO GET BODY ARMOR The Vinton Police Department’s K9 Gino will receive a bullet and stab resistant protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Gino’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department”. K9 Ty died due to complications during surgery to treat injuries received while he and officers attempted to rescue a woman and child being held hostage in a home. Delivery of the vest is expected within eight to ten weeks. Once received, the vest will primarily be worn during high-risk activities such as searches for criminal suspects. “This body armor will give Gino the same level of protection as the rest of our officers,” said Gino’s handler, Senior Police Officer Ben Parmater. K9 Gino and SPO Parmater have proven to be a valuable asset to the Vinton Police Department in the five months they have been on patrol together. The team has made several narcotics arrests, assisted other officers in their own narcotics arrests, and has also been called to assist in searches for a missing person and a suspect who fled from officers on foot. “The Vinton Police K-9 program has been funded entirely through donations from the community and grants from organizations such as Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.,” said Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton. “Our K-9 program simply could not exist without the fantastic support of our community and grant organizations.” K9 Gino and SPO Parmater are continuing to grow as a team and will continue to provide a high level of service to Vinton and the surrounding area. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. Photo of Senior Police Officer Ben Parmater and K-9 Gino included with this press release. Media Inquiries: Local Contact: Captain Eric Dickinson Vinton Police Department Email: dickinson@vintonpd.com Phone: 319-472-2321

Ms. Isbell's 2nd grade class from Tilford had an amazing day for a bike ride. Glad we were able to be a part of it. Thank you!

The City of Vinton is accepting applications for full time Police Officer position(s). Police Officers work 12 hour shifts with every other weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) off. All minimum ILEA standards apply. ILEA Certified Officers are preferred. The hiring process will include an interview, medical/drug screening, and MMPI. Non-certified applicants must pass the POST Test and Physical Agility Testing. Testing will be conducted on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM. The deadline for applications is May 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM, all applications after that date/time will not be accepted. To apply go to www.cityofvinton.org and click on “Police Department Employee Packet” (Fillable PDF). Applications can be mailed to 310 A Avenue, Vinton, IA 52349, Attn: Administrative Assistant Leslie McKibben or Email to mckibben@vintonpd.com (preferred). Starting hourly wage for an ILEA Certified Officer is $24.78 with the possibility of other hiring incentives with certification. ILEA Certified Officers with a break in employment as a law enforcement officer for 180 days or longer must pass the Physical Agility Test. Out of state certified applicants will be required to get Certification through Examination in Iowa. The City of Vinton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.