Vernal City Police Department

  • Agency: Vernal City Police Department
  • Address: 374 E Main, Vernal, 84078 UT
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Vernal City Police Department is located at 374 E Main, Vernal, 84078 UT. The Vernal City Police Department phone number is 435.789.5835.

Vernal City Police Department News

**News Release** On Saturday November 3rd, Cal Dee Reynolds passed away in Salt Lake City following a reported stabbing at his home on September 13th. During the stabbing two additional family members sustained injuries inflicted by the same suspect. Investigation by the Vernal Police Department and the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect. The suspect is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges. Formal charges are expected to be filed at the beginning of the week. Our condolences go out to Cal Dee’s family in their time of grief. The Vernal Police Department will provide an updated press release regarding suspect information and actual charges once formal charges are filed.

The Vernal City Police Department is investigating a stolen motorcycle (pictured below). If you have seen this motorcycle or have any information relating to its whereabouts or theft please contact us at 435-789-5838 or Central Dispatch at 435-789-4222

The Vernal City Police Department is looking to identify the person in these photos. If you know this person please contact us at 435-789-5835 or Central Dispatch at 435-789-4222. Thank you for your assistance

**News Release** On Monday October 29th, Vernal Police Officers responded to a reported injury accident at 100 West Main Street. Investigation revealed that an eastbound red Chevrolet truck occupied by a single driver failed to stop at the signal resulting in a collision with a northbound white Toyota passenger car. The Toyota had two juvenile passengers and was being driven by an adult female. Emergency Medical Personnel and Extrication responded to the scene. The adult female was transported by Ambulance to the Ashley Regional Medical Center Emergency Room. The driver of the Chevrolet truck was issued a citation for Failure to Stop at a Traffic Control Signal.

**News Release** We are pleased to announce you can now TEXT 911. Can I send a text to 9-1-1? Yes. Cellular customers living in Duchesne, Uintah or Daggett Counties - service area may be able to use their mobile phones to send a text message to 911 for emergency help. Texting should only be used during an emergency when you are unable to make a voice call to 9-1-1. How to text 9-1-1 in an emergency: § ​Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field; § ​The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed; § ​Push the “Send” button. § ​Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker. § ​Text in simple words – do not use abbreviations. § ​Keep text messages brief and concise. Below are a few things to know if you need to text 9-1-1: § ​Text location information is not equal to current location technology. § ​As with all text messages, 9-1-1 messages can take longer to receive, can get out of order or may not be received. §​ Text-to-9-1-1 is not available if you are roaming. You should receive a "bounce-back" message informing you that the service is unavailable. § ​A text or data plan is required to place a text-to-9-1-1. Your mobile carrier’s regular texting rates will apply. § ​If texting to 9-1-1 is not available in your area, or is temporarily unavailable, you will receive a message indicating that texting 9-1-1 is not available and to contact 9-1-1 by other means. § ​Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1 at this time. Only 911 call centers in Weber, Morgan and Salt Lake County are equipped to accept photos or videos attached to a text message § ​Text-to-9-1-1 cannot include more than one person. Do not send your emergency text to anyone other than 9-1-1. Do not text and drive!

**Press Release** On Monday October 15th, Vernal Police Officers responded to information received from a concerned citizen regarding an individual at the Uintah County Library possessing a handgun and acting suspiciously. Upon arrival Officers contacted 39 year old Vernal resident Thomas Edward Lackey outside the library. During the contact it was determined that Lackey unlawfully possessed a handgun which had previously been reported stolen. Lackey was placed under arrest and booked into the Uintah County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Restricted Person, Possession of a Firearm by an Intoxicated Person, Intoxication, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On the date of 9/13/2018 Vernal City Police Officers were dispatched to a residence in the area of Ashley Regional Medical Center on a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, Officers found that 3 people had been assaulted and received injuries and at least one person was stabbed by an unknown assailant. The suspect was described at that time as a male subject wearing all black. 30 minutes prior to the stabbing incident, Vernal City Officers were dispatched to a suspicious person the same area as the stabbing, and the complainant’s description was consistent with the suspect in this case. The victims in this case were transported to the hospital, and one victim was transported to the Wasatch Front for treatment. Vernal Police investigators have obtained camera footage which has provided information on a potential suspect in this case. The Vernal City Police Department is seeking any information into persons seen walking through the area and areas surrounding the hospital (Ashley Regional Medical Center) between the hours of 1:00 am and 5:00 am. The Vernal City Police Department welcomes any private citizen or business entity having any information or video surveillance footage for this time-frame to contact our office at (435)789-5835, or Central Dispatch at (435)789-4222. Contrary to local social media posts on Facebook, no suspects as of yet have been arrested or charged in relation to this incident. Any relevant updates for this investigation will be posted on our Vernal City Facebook page.

The Vernal City Police Department has responded to an increased number of reported thefts, and they would like to remind the public to be diligent in locking cars and residences. They would also encourage citizens to report any observed suspicious activity. With the communities help we can reduce the number of thefts and help identify and apprehend the offenders. Thank you

On August 21st, 2018, the Vernal Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety operation focusing on vehicular traffic and crosswalks. The operation focused on the school pedestrian traffic areas until all schools were in session, and then transitioned to other high traffic areas for pedestrians and vehicles. During the 5 hour operation officers conducted 37 traffic stops and issued citations to less than half of the violators. The majority of the vehicles stopped were given a verbal warning and re-educated regarding a drivers duty when a pedestrian enters the roadway at a crosswalk. Several young pedestrians were also contacted regarding pedestrian safety. One of the traffic stops resulted in the Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Valid Drivers License, and Open Container. This operation was conducted to provide education and increase safety. Similar operations will be conducted throughout the first month of school. 41-6a-1002. Pedestrians' right-of-way -- Duty of pedestrian. (1) (a) Except as provided under Subsection (2), the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way by slowing down or stopping if necessary: (i) to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling; or (ii) when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. (b) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply under conditions of Subsection 41-6a-1003(2). (c) A pedestrian may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. (2) The operator of a vehicle approaching a school crosswalk shall come to a complete stop at the school crosswalk if the crosswalk is occupied by a person. (3) If a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the operator of any other vehicle approaching from the rear may not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Plan Goal The Vernal City Police Department in conjunction with the Utah Highway Safety Office is working to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists in Vernal City. Our goal is to remind drivers/pedestrians about the importance of watching for vehicles/pedestrians and to educate them about the laws relating to pedestrian safety. This education will be as a result of violations observed and will include citations when appropriate. Plan The Vernal City Police Department will be conducting enforcement activities at several crosswalks within Vernal City, to include mid-block crosswalks, crosswalks at uncontrolled intersections, and crosswalks controlled by pedestrian activated crossing signals. To accomplish this we will be conducting pedestrian enforcement at school crosswalks for both the Vernal and Uintah Middle Schools. We will be utilizing both marked and unmarked patrol cars monitoring the intersections. We will also have a decoy available in the event that there is not enough pedestrian traffic to keep the standard enforcement operation busy. Locations A number of different locations will be targeted for enforcement activities. Some of these may include the following locations: 1. 1000 West Main Street at the intersection which is controlled by 4 way stop signs. We chose this location as it is on the corner of the Uintah Middle School. 2. 1000 West Market Drive at the intersection which is controlled by one stop sign. This location was chosen because it is between the Uintah and Vernal Middle Schools. 3. 1000 West US Highway 40 which is a four way intersection controlled with traffic signals in each direction. This site was chosen because one corner of the intersection is where the Vernal Middle School is located. Evaluation A log will be kept of the number of violators stopped and the number cited. Additionally any pedestrians that are stopped will be documented in the same manner. Conclusion It is the goal of the Vernal City Police Department to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists within the city. Violations will be directly related to pedestrian safety.

Press Release 08-07-2018 Vernal City Police/Uintah County Sheriff’s Office Burglaries Thefts, and Vehicle Thefts solved. An investigation conducted by the Vernal Police Department and the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office resulted in numerous criminal charges and an arrest. On July 30th, 2018, 19 year old Vernal resident Steven McCarrel was arrested and booked into the Uintah County Jail. McCarrel is currently being held on several charges including theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Additional charges will be filed soon. This investigation involved burglaries, thefts, criminal mischief, and the theft of four motor vehicles which occurred on different dates involving numerous victims and locations. The investigation began when a report was filed with the Vernal Police Department regarding a burglary, a theft, and the theft of a motor vehicle from the Uintah Middle School. At the conclusion of the investigation it was determined that McCarrel had committed 7 business burglaries, 6 thefts, 4 vehicle thefts, 3 criminal mischiefs, and 1 attempted business burglary. McCarrel has been booked into the Uintah County Jail. Charges are pending for McCarrel regarding the additional offenses.

We would like to thank The Sloppy Pig for a wonderful law enforcement appreciation lunch. We have such a great community and support system in the basin. Thank you for all you do for us.

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**Update** A juvenile female driver was located as part of this morning's incident and will be referred to juvenile court. Charges are pending, and being screened with the county attorneys office. We appreciate all information provided by the community and the hard work from the officers involved.

At 07:15 hours on June 9th 2018, Officers from the Vernal Police Department were dispatched to the Silver Pines apartments at 860 South Vernal Avenue regarding extensive damage caused when a vehicle collided with the front of Apartment #R103. This apartment was empty and unoccupied at the time of the incident. Investigation at the scene determined that between 03:00 and 07:00 hours a vehicle crossed the sidewalk and a small section of grass colliding with the apartment building. Evidence at the scene led Officers to an additional unoccupied vehicle which had been damaged, and to the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was unoccupied and had extensive front end damage. Actual estimates on damage to the residence, the unoccupied vehicle, and the suspect vehicle are pending. Investigation continues in an attempt to identify the driver of the vehicle. Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident. If anyone has any information please contact Central Dispatch at 435 789-4222 or the Vernal Police Department at 435 789-5835

***THIS IS A TRAINING EXERCISE ONLY*** 'Active shooter' drill planned at Uintah High On Monday, June 11, there will be a day-long training exercise at Uintah High School involving several "active shooter" scenarios. This exercise is expected to run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will involve Uintah School District employees, law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions, and EMS and fire department personnel. A number of high school students have also volunteered, with parental consent, to assist in these scenarios. ***THIS IS A TRAINING EXERCISE ONLY*** The public should expect to hear sirens around the high school throughout the day. As part of this drill, multiple ambulances will also be arriving at the high school and leaving to transport "victims" to Ashley Regional Medical Center. Please do not be alarmed or call Central Dispatch to report an incident at the high school during Monday's drill. Again: ***THIS IS A TRAINING EXERCISE ONLY***. We believe this training is necessary and relevant, given recent events around the country. We also believe the tactics and skills practiced during these exercises will help our school staff, law enforcement, and EMS personnel effectively respond to an active shooter situation, should one happen in our community. As always, the safety of our children is our top priority. That is our primary reason for conducting training like this with our community partners. ***THIS IS A TRAINING EXERCISE ONLY***

We would like to thank Lowe's for thier continued Law enforcement support. What a great organization and great group of people. Thank you for a wonderful lunch

On Tuesday, May 1st 2018 the Vernal Police Officers Association took a vote from its members on sponsorship requests from the Vernal Technology Student Association and the UHS Mountain Biking Club. Through the vote it was decided that a sponsorship donation of $200.00 would be awarded to the Vernal Technology Student Association, and a $250.00 sponsorship donation would be awarded to the UHS Mountain Biking Club. The Vernal Police Officers Association (VPOA) is a non-profit organization, organized in 1995 and is comprised of Officers, Support staff and Retired Officers from the Vernal City Police Department. The VPOA receives its funding through member dues, donations and fundraisers. A portion of the funds go to member activates that help cultivate and maintain positive relationships within the department and help members and their families cope with the daily stresses that come with the job. Other portions of the funds are used to support local charities, youth programs, Shop with a cop, and to provide assistance to families that experience tragedy or are in crisis. *If you would like to make a donation to the Vernal Police Officers Association, we invite you to see Kim Boren at the Vernal City Police Department front desk located at 374 East Main Street, Vernal UT.

Vernal City (Kick-Off Date: April 25th 2018) This summer, local law enforcement officers will be dispensing well-deserved Slurpee® justice to good kids in Vernal City. For the 23rd year, 7-Eleven® is working with local police and sheriff's departments to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons to children and youth through its popular Operation Chill community-service program. During 2018, 7-Eleven will issue up to 1.4 million Slurpee® coupons to almost 1,100 law enforcement agencies. “We are always looking for ways to help our officers build strong relationships in the community,“ said Assistant Chief Keith Campbell. “Operation Chill makes is easy to interact with kids in a positive way”. Big-city departments and small-town forces alike use the Slurpee® coupons to enhance relationships with the young people of their cities by rewarding them for good deeds, constructive activities and acts of kindness. Appropriate "offenses" might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a community or police-sponsored event. Although the reasons for being "ticketed" are varied, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee® drink and a smile for being a good kid. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee® drink at participating 7-Eleven® stores. @7Eleven, @Slurpee, #OperationChill