The Vernon Township Police Department is located at the Vernon Township
Municipal Building:
16678 McMath Avenue
Meadville, PA 16335
If there is an emergency, call Crawford County Emergency Services dial 9-1-1

Employed by the Township Supervisors, this department operates with five full time officers and two part-time officers.
The police department remains very busy at enforcing the law, controlling traffic, assisting other local police departments, and public presentations (schools, etc.). Approximately 3,000 calls are handled by the police department per year.

A report is presented to the Vernon Township Supervisors at the Township's regular monthly meeting each month. The report is presented by the Chief of Police and includes the number and nature of the calls during the month.

Vernon Township Police Department:
Randy Detzel, Chief
Robert Grasso, Officer
William Hoy, Officer
Matthew Knapp, Officer                                                                                                                       
Joseph Johnston, Officer
Dominic Knapp, Officer
Amanda Kosterman, Officer                                                                                                                         


corad001K-9 UNITS:

The Vernon Township Police Department received their first K-9 Unit in 1997. Under the partnership of Sergeant Randy Detzel, the first K-9, Shafer, joined the Vernon Township Police Force along with Sgt. Detzel. Shafer was the first full-time K-9 hired within Crawford County. When Shafer retired, Sgt. Detzel worked with K-9, Greta. Greta retired, being replaced by Corado.  Corado has since passed.

Wood Carving of Crawford County's first K-9 is placed on township front lawn. K-9 Schafer is immortalized as a wood carving placed on the township's front lawn in August of 2007. The carving was commissioned by the Township through donations. The carving is the work of artist/sculptor Brian Sprague of Venango and the dedication was attended by local K-9 Units.


chiefvrobel april1973r2Chief Vrobel

Can anyone remember what year this was? Dahlkemper's was not built (now Griffin Motor's) nor was the Township Building, just the garage bays for the trucks.

Thank you to Jan and Marvin Metzler for sharing this 1973 memory.




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How can I obtain a burning permit?

Burning permits are now being issued through Vernon Township Municipal Building.

Where can I obtain a copy of the Vernon Township Local Tax Return?

Starting with the first quarter of 2012. Berkheimer Associates will be collecting the local 1% wage tax for the businesses located in Vernon Township. Quarterly forms are available at

How do I rent a shelter at Roche Park?

Call the Township Secretary at 814-337-8126. The shelter may be reserved over the telephone and payment made later. Shelter 1, 2, 3, and 4 are $40.00 and Shelter #5 is $75.00.