Mount Vernon Police Department

  • Agency: Mount Vernon Police Department
  • Address: 211 N 10th St, Mount Vernon, 62864 IL
  • Chief: Chris Mendenhall (Chief of Police)
Phone: 618-242-2131
Fax: 618-242-0380
Email:

Mount Vernon Police Department is located at 211 N 10th St, Mount Vernon, 62864 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Chris Mendenhall. The Mount Vernon Police Department phone number is 618-242-2131.

Mount Vernon Police Department News

HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY to Chief Chris Deichman. Please be sure to wish him the best on this special day !!! John Pam Lewis

We would like to thank two local businesses for recognizing the works of Mt Vernon Police officers today. Greentree at Mt Vernon provided breakfast to officers and Peacock Printing provided lunch, drinks and desserts. John Pam Lewis

We would like to thank Carrie Smith of Peacock Printing for taking the time to recognize one of our officers! The article says it all! John Pam Lewis

Detective Justin Haney attended the Rend Lake College Career Fair today. The career fair is designed so area students can speak with workers in various employment fields. The students rotate through several different areas through the day. Detective Haney spoke with the students about the Mt Vernon Police Department and his job. John Pam Lewis

On Thursday March 1st, 2018 at 0236 hours officers from the Mt Vernon Police Department responded to the area of 4th and Harrison for a report of a burglary to motor vehicle. Officers were informed two offenders left the scene on foot. Officers were able to make contact with one of the offenders in the area. After further investigation, 18-year-old Austin Meyer of 2023 Richview Road, was taken into custody for Burglary to Motor Vehicle. Property taken during the burglary was also seized. Meyer was transported to the Jefferson County Justice Center and held with bond to be set. Because of the on-going investigation the Mt Vernon Police Detective Division developed probable cause for a second subject as a result of this burglary. On Thursday March 1st at around 1907 hours officers contacted 18-year-old Andrew Snow of 2023 Richview Road, at the Walgreens Store, 3001 Broadway. Snow was taken into custody on a charge of Burglary to Motor Vehicle. Snow was also found to be in possession of suspected stolen property. Snow was wanted on an Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Violation warrant also. Snow was incarcerated in the Jefferson County Justice Center with no bond. These arrests are part of ongoing investigations into vehicle burglaries in Mt Vernon. It is believed these subjects, and their associates, may be responsible for over twenty burglaries in our community in recent times. Additional charges are expected. Both subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. John Pam Lewis

On the morning of February 27, 2018, members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department / Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office High Risk Team executed a search warrant at 612 Main street, Apt. C, in Mt. Vernon. The Search Warrant was obtained through an investigation conducted by the MVPD Narcotics Division, with the assistance of the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office. The warrant was signed by the Honorable Judge, Jerry Crisel. The investigation indicated that Heroin was being sold from the residence. Five subjects were taken into custody as the residence was secured. Afterwards a search was conducted by the Narcotics Division. A search of the residence revealed quantities of Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cannabis and drug equipment. John McCowen, 47 YOA, was charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Possession of 30 to 500 grams of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Hypodermic Syringe and Possession of Drug Equipment. John McCowen’s bond is to be set by a judge. Duston McCowen, 32 YOA, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Drug Equipment. Duston McCowen’s bond is to be set by a judge. Megan Pigg, 37 YOA, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Equipment. Megan Pigg’s bond is to be set by a judge. Elisha Hayes, 32 YOA was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Equipment. Elisha Hayes’ bond is to be set by a judge. Jennifer Burke, 45 YOA, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Equipment. Jennifer Burke’s bond is to be set by a judge. All involved are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Last Friday afternoon MVPD Detective Captain Jeff Bullard gave a situational awareness safety presentation to those in attendance at Help at Home Adult Care. The presentation covered topics of how to avoid being a victim in public, at home, on the phone, on the internet, and through social media. We extend our thanks to management who made it possible to share this information through their invitation! John Pam Lewis

While at Coffee with a Cop Wednesday morning at McDonald's on Broadway Richard Keegan presented a check for $100 to MVPD for the K9 division! We thank Mr. Keegan for his generous donation!

Coffee with a Cop last Wednesday morning at McDonalds on Broadway was another success allowing continuing opportunities for MVPD officers to interact with many members of the community. We also thank the mayor and city manager for dropping by and visiting as well!

We are aware of social media messages related to a possible threat at the Mt Vernon High School. We have been working with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and Mt Vernon Township High School Administration to investigate the messages. Officers from the Mt Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will be present at the school to ensure student safety. Please see the shared statement from the Mt Vernon Township High School.

Coffee with a Cop is tomorrow from 7am - 9am at McDonalds on Broadway. Hope to see you there. John Pam Lewis

Officer Bob Kane spent a few hours on 02/16/18 teaching bike safety to the students at the Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center. The instruction consists of a bike safety video followed up with a discussion and question and answer session. This was taught to grades K through 3rd.

Earlier today the Mt Vernon Police Department was notified of a music video that had been posted on line. The video showed two juveniles displaying a handgun while singing. The juveniles were identified as students from two different Mt Vernon Schools. Officers from the Mt Vernon Police began an investigation into the video. During the investigation the officers were able to make contact with both juveniles involved, the parents of the involved juveniles, and recover the firearm from the video. The firearm recovered was not real, it was a BB gun. It has been seized by the police department. Officials from the school districts the children attend have also been notified. John Pam Lewis

Members of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America group recently visited the police department and provided officers with goodie bags. Shown with the group are Sgt Ryan Crews and Officer Josh Clarke. John Pam Lewis

Mt Vernon Police Officer Bruce McDonald was at the Mt Vernon Township High School today speaking with students about motor vehicle safety and dealing with the law enforcement during traffic stops. John Pam Lewis

We are one week away from Coffee with a Cop. Hope to see you at McDonalds on Broadway from 7am - 9am on Wednesday February 21st.

It’s National Pizza Day and the Baking Club at Green Tree Assisted Living Center baked us a pizza. Delivering the pizza to Capt. Allen Carr is Green Tree employee, Christy Simpson. Thank you very much!!!

City of Mt. Vernon Police Civilian Dispatchers / Telecommunicators FULL-TIME position 40 hours per week. Required to work mainly nights, weekends & holidays. $18.37/hour + Holiday Pay. Good communication skills; clear speaking voice; ability to become certified as a LEADS operator; ability to work efficiently in emergency situations; and, ability to pass thorough background security check. Residency in Jefferson County, Illinois within 6 months of hire date is required. Application, release forms, and job description are available M-F, 8-5 in the Human Resource Office, 1100 Main Street, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864. EEO/ADA Employer. Completed application and release forms are due by February 16, 2018. John Pam Lewis

With the upcoming retirement of K9 Grim, officers of the Mt Vernon Police K9 Division recently traveled to Von Liche Kennels in Denver Indiana to locate a replacement. After testing approximately 20 dogs, the officers selected an eighteen-month-old Belgian Malinois named Jitz. K9 Jitz and his handler, Cpl Rich Johnston, will be attending a basic K9 course at the Illinois State Police K9 Academy this spring. John Pam Lewis

We will be hosting another Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday February 21st from 7am - 9am at the McDonald's Restaurant, 2806 Broadway. We will have officers from the narcotics unit, detectives, patrol officers and administration present to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns. Hope to see you there !!!! John Pam Lewis

Last week, members of the Mt Vernon Police Department K9 Division traveled to Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana to test police dogs. K9 Grim, who is currently assigned to Cpl Rich Johnston, will be retired in the near future so the officers tested dogs to replace K9 Grim. During the testing, the officers checked the dog’s temperament, drive, agility, and worked the dog in various environments such as on slick floors, dark areas, lighted areas, etc. After testing approximately 20 dogs, the officers selected an eighteen-month-old Belgian Malinois. We will introduce the new dog later this week. The new dog will be paid for by money previously seized by Mt Vernon Police Officers as proceeds from drug sales in Mt Vernon. John Pam Lewis

Robert Riddle has been sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The case began as an investigation into the death of Bridget Jimenez by the Mt Vernon Police Department. Blake Howell was previously sentenced to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his involvement with this investigation. John Pam Lewis

We would like to congratulate Mt Vernon Police Detective Justin Haney on being selected as the 2017 Officer of the Year for the Mt Vernon Police Department. The officer of the year can be nominated by any supervisor within the police department and is selected by a majority vote by a panel of supervisors and a union member. During the year, Detective Haney was the primary investigator for two homicides, which were both cleared by arrests, and was assigned 197 cases to investigative. Many of the 197 cases were violent crimes such as shootings, stabbings, robberies, etc. Detective Haney is also a member of the High Risk Team. Thank you for your dedication to the job !!!

Sgt Ryan Crews and Officer James Carlton met several members of the St Louis Cardinals during the Cardinals Caravan visit at the Rolland Lewis Building earlier today.

The City of Mt Vernon recently purchased six new squads for the police department. The squads have a new design as shown in the photographs. All six of the squads purchased will be assigned to patrol officers as "line cars". John Pam Lewis