Vidalia Police Department

  • Agency: Vidalia Police Department
  • Address: 200 Vernon Stevens Blvd, Vidalia , 71373 LA
  • Chief:
Phone: (318) 336-5254
Fax: 318-336-6261

Vidalia Police Department is located at 200 Vernon Stevens Blvd, Vidalia , 71373 LA. The Vidalia Police Department phone number is (318) 336-5254.

Vidalia Police Department News

Tonight please remember to drive carefully as little ghouls and goblins will be haunting all over our town. The hours for Trick or Treat will be from 5 PM until 8 PM. In the area of Taconey Subdivision, to include all streets off of Nichols Drive (area by old Pizza Hut), will be closed to all through traffic for safety reasons due to the amount of foot traffic from all the Trick or Treaters that will be out walking tonight. Vidalia Police will be out in force while patrolling in all neighborhoods. If you have any issues or see anyone up to mischief please contact Vidalia Police Department at 336-5254 unless it is an emergency then dial 911. Have a safe and happy Halloween! - Chief Joey Merrill

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When Chief Joey Merrill was elected he looked for a way to honor those who served the Town of Vidalia before him. Chief Merrill asked family and friends for photos of the former Chiefs, then he had the photographs framed and placed in the lobby of the Vidalia Police Department for everyone to enjoy. Chief Wade Garrett 1933-1961 Chief Bud Spinks 1962-1970 Chief Alfred Holland 1972-1976 Chief Delane Thornhill 1976-1992 Chief James Mike McDonald 1992-1998 Chief Bartell Schenider 1998-2000 Chief Billy Hammers 2000-2008 Chief Ronnie “Tapper” Hendricks 2008-2011 Chief Arthur Lewis served from 2011-2016 Chief Joey Merrill was elected in 2016 to Present

Remember today is the DEA’s National Take Back day. We will be at the Vidalia Police Department from 10 AM - 2 PM. Bring all your unused or out of date RX medicines to VPD and we will dispose of it properly for you. If you have any questions please contact VPD at 318-336-5254.

Don't forget the DEA National Take Back is tomorrow at the Vidalia Police Department from 10 AM - 2 PM. Bring all your unused or out of date RX medicines to VPD and we will dispose of it properly for your. If you have any questions please contact VPD at 318-336-5254.

Chief Joey Merrill and his staff have been searching for funding for the Vidalia Police Department to be able to acquire a certified duel purpose K9. Several months ago VPD applied for a grant that when awarded, will allow the purchase of a K9. After receiving word that we were tentatively awarded the funding, Chief Merrill began to search for a K9 patrol unit. The Winn Parish Sheriff, Cranford Jordon, astonished Chief Merrill by graciously donating a 2011 Chevy Tahoe to the Vidalia Police Department. The Tahoe will be outfitted as the K9 unit for VPD in the near future. Many thanks to Sheriff Jordon.

Reminder... The Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6 PM at City Hall.

Saturday the Vidalia Police Department will once again participate in the DEA's Take Back Day from 10 AM - 2 PM at the Vidalia Police Department. You can bring any prescription medicine to Vidalia Police Department and we will dispose of it properly. Don't let your medicine get in the wrong hands, bring it to VPD and let us dispose of your unused, old, or expired meds for you. If you have any questions please contact Lt. Miranda Clifton at 318-336-5254. DEA Take Back Day at Vidalia Police Department 202 Vernon Stevens Blvd. October 27, 2018 10 AM - 2 PM

Vidalia Police Officer Huston White turns 76 today. Affectionately known by all as ”Smokey,” he retired from Entergy after 36 years of employment. After his retirement, Smokey worked as an electrician and in construction for approximately six years before shifting gears once again. Not yet ready to simply sit in his recliner, Smokey decided he needed the ultimate challenge. After being hired by Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick, who was Ferriday’s Chief of Police at the time, Smokey entered the Alexandria Police Academy in 2008 at the age of 66. He soon became the oldest graduate of a police academy in the United States. This was a huge feat, especially when you take into account that the Alexandria Police Academy is one of the most challenging and rigorous academies in Louisiana. In 2010, the Vidalia Police Department welcomed Smokey as one of their own. Smokey has been with VPD for eight years and is still breaking records as the oldest known patrol officer at the age of 76. If you see him today make sure to wish Smokey a Happy Birthday. Lieutenant White can be found patrolling the streets of Vidalia when he is on shift. We wish you a Happy Birthday Smoky and many more. - Chief Joey Merrill

This is a special invitation from Chief Merrill inviting you to the Vidalia Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Meeting at Vidalia City Hall. The Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6 PM. Please bring your friends, family, and neighbors to learn tips on how to keep safe from scammers and keeping safe during the upcoming holiday season. The Air Evac Lifeteam will also be at the Neighborhood Watch Meeting. They will land at approximately 5:45 PM. Come see the Air Evac helicopter, take photos, and visit with the crew. You can also protect your family by signing up with Air Evac at the Neighborhood Watch Meeting. If you are a resident of Vidalia a discounted membership fee for your entire household will only cost you $35. If you are a resident of Concordia Parish you can purchase your membership for your entire household for only $65, the membership fee is normally $85. For more information please contact Georganna Berry at 336-7100.

This morning there is a fire on Pecan Street in Vidalia. Traffic has been rerouted from Cross Street to O’Neal onto Elm Street. If you do not need to drive this route please find an alternative route this morning. Firefighters are working diligently to put out this fire and Vidalia Police Officers are trying to keep sightseers at bay. Please help us keep the firefighters and police officers safe this morning by seeking alternate directions of travel.

On the date of October 15, 2018 at approximately 10:40 AM a Vidalia Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on Concordia Avenue, with the vehicle coming to a rest in front of the Vidalia Lower Elementary School. While the officer was speaking with the occupants they were exhibiting very nervous behavior. After speaking with the driver, Adam Christopher Craft, he gave the officer permission to search the vehicle. The officer was also notified that there was an active warrant with Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office for Kenneth Rollins, who was one of the passengers. While searching the vehicle officers located approximately 1.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and approximately 7.7 grams of suspected marijuana in the vehicle. Kenneth Rollins was arrested for the active warrant and then booked in to CPSO. Adam Christopher Craft was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II, and Violation of Uniform CDS Laws by possessing drugs in a school zone and booked in to Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Last Wednesday officers conducted a traffic stop at approximately 2:44 PM. While speaking with the occupants the driver gave officers permission to search the vehicle. As the officers were searching they located drug paraphernalia, a small amount of suspected marijuana, and suspected methamphetamine crystals that weighed approximately 1.4 grams. Officers arrested the passenger; Bill Anthony Graham, age 39, of Ridgecrest, for Possession of Schedule II. Mr. Graham was booked in to Concordia Sheriff’s Office.

You are invited... On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6 PM the Vidalia Police Department will host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting at Vidalia City Hall. Chief Merrill invites you to bring your friends, family, and neighbors to learn tips on how to keep safe during the upcoming holiday season. We will also have updates on scams. For more information please contact Georganna Berry at 336-7100.

On September 13, 2018 at approximately 10:49 PM Vidalia Police Departments Narcotic Officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle for improper display of a tag. While speaking with the driver, Brett Stone, officers observed Stone acting unusually nervous as well as the two passengers; Johnathan Aucoin and Heather Huntsman. Officers were given consent to search the vehicle and found several pieces of drug paraphernalia, a vial of Norcan, approximately 2.2 g. of suspected methamphetamine, and 12 unites of a legend drug. Since none of the occupants claimed ownership all three were arrested and transported to Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office to be held. The three were taken before Judge Kathy Johnson who set bail for both Stone and Aucoin at $35,000, and Huntsman received a $25,000 bail. Brett Stone, age 34, of Sorrento, Louisiana, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II/CDS, possession of a legend drug without a prescription, and improper display of a tag. Johnathan Aucoin, age 38, and Heather Huntsman, age 46, both of Monroe, Louisiana were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II/CDS, and possession of a legend drug without a prescription. In a separate traffic stop on September 20, 2018, while speaking with the driver the officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the inside of the vehicle. When the officer asked, the driver gave consent to search. Upon the search of the vehicle officers located approximately 3.8 g. of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Devin Carter, age 18, of Vidalia, Louisiana, was cited for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and no drivers license.

The city of Vidalia has received a large amount of rain in a short period of time. I am asking those who are driving in our neighborhoods to please drive slowly and safely as to keep the excessive water from flooding into homes. Most of the streets in Vidalia have large amounts of standing water that will not be receding quickly. At this time Concordia Extension and Apple Street are closed to traffic with many other streets holding a great quantity of water. If you do not have business on the neighborhood streets please stay out of the areas to keep the residence homes safe. - Chief Joey Merrill

REMINDER Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and other concerned adults are invited. If you are an educator, church leader, or other organization leader and are interested in having this program presented please come view the presentation. Cyber Safety Program September 18th, 2018 6:15 pm – 8:00 PM. at Vidalia City Hall The presentation will start promptly at 6:30 PM, and seating is limited. Please contact Miranda Clifton at Vidalia Police Department at 336-5254 or email mclifton@vidalialapd.com for additional information or to have this program presented to your school or organization. To date, we have presented this program to students at Vidalia High School, Vidalia Jr. High, Delta Charter Jr. High and High School. The presentation is scheduled for Concordia Parish Academy in October. Representatives from both Block High School and Harrisonburg High School have been tentatively scheduled. This presentation is open for any adult concerned with the safety of children, and parents are urged to attend. Please come and listen, and allow us to arm you with the latest information available concerning the online safety of your children. The Cyber Safety Program is sponsored by Chief Joey Merrill and Vidalia Police Department. The presenters are certified instructors who have been trained in cyber safety. No children will be allowed to attend the parent/concerned adult module.

Cyber Safety Program presented by Vidalia Police Department September 18th, 2018 6:15 pm – 8:00 PM. at Vidalia City Hall The presentation will start promptly at 6:30 PM, and seating is limited. Please contact Miranda Clifton at Vidalia Police Department at 336-5254 or email mclifton@vidalialapd.com for additional information or to have this program presented to your school or organization. To date, we have presented this program to students at Vidalia High School, Vidalia Jr. High, Delta Charter Jr. High and High School. This presentation is open for any adult concerned with the safety of children, and parents are urged to attend. Please come and listen, and allow us to arm you with the latest information available concerning the online safety of your children. No children will be allowed to attend the parent/concerned adult module.

This morning Vidalia Police Department received a delivery by Fred Middleton. Concordia Chamber of Commerce brought donuts to the officers to show their appreciation. Chief Merrill is gladly accepting the donuts on behalf of all the officers of Vidalia Police Department.

NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT PRESS RELEASE A Vidalia woman was attacked by a number of vicious dogs on Friday evening, Vidalia police said. Just before 6 p.m. on Friday evening, officers of the Vidalia Police Department responded to call about an attack by a number of dogs on Azalea Street Officers arrived and found Melinda Nations lying in her driveway with numerous injuries and surrounded by dogs that resembled pit bulls, said Vidalia Police Chief Joey Merrill. Merrill said Nations was able to tell officers three to five dogs that belonged to a neighbor had attacked her. Nations was transported “Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center” in Baton Rouge due to the extent of her injuries, Merrill said. Officers questioned the owner of the dogs, who voluntarily surrendered all five of the animals to the Vidalia Police Department, Merrill said. The Vidalia Police Department take vicious dog attacks very seriously, Merrill said. Merrill asked that the community pray and continue to pray for Nations, as she will have a long recovery, he said. The dogs have been transported to the pound with charges against their owner still pending until further investigation, Merrill said.

Chief Merrill and officers of the Vidalia Police Department went into the Vidalia Elementary School yesterday and visited with the first and second graders. The officer's spent time with each class which included reading a story, sharing snacks, and other goodies that the officers brought. Captain Godbold read a story to both a 1st and 2nd grade class pertaining to the care of a pet fish. Then he surprised the students with their own classroom pet fish. In September we go back for a turn with the Pre-K and kindergarten classes. The officers who read to the classes this time were Chief Joey Merrill, Captain Craig Godbold, Shelia McFarland, Georganna Berry, SRO Lt. Beverly Metcalf (also the director of this program), SRO/DARE Christy Bowman, SRO/DARE Kejuan Bates, Narcotic Officer John Dale Loomis, SRO Josh Brewer, Narcotic Officer Chad Fuqua, and Lt. Miranda Clifton. There are some days that you can't remember why you became a police officer then you have days like this and it makes you remember why we love being one. As there is nothing like the smile on a child's face to make the world right again.

Yesterday Chief Joey Merrill introduced the Cyber Safety Program to members of the Rotary Club of Ferriday. Lt. Miranda Clifton explained the presentation in more detail and answered questions regarding how to safe-guard our children while they are using the internet.