The mission statement of the Van Wert Police Department is to be the guardians of the constitutional rights of each resident, friend, family and visitor that comes to the city of Van Wert. We will strive to protect every one of our customers by using bias free policing. Bias free policing will be services delivered impartially, respectfully and free of bias in a manner to promote trust and community engagement. We will treat others the way you would want your family treated!
The Van Wert Police Department currently consists of 20 sworn officers, 6 dispatchers, 1 reserve officers, 1 computer and information manager, and 1 administrative assistant. The Police Department is divided into two divisions: Uniform and Administrative. The Uniform Division is composed of 1 lieutenant, 3 sergeants, 11 sworn officers, 6 dispatchers, and 1 reserve officer. The Administrative Division encompasses the Investigative and Records Bureau and has 1 lieutenant, 1 sergeant, 1 detective , a computer and information manager, and an administrative assistant.
In addition to their primary duties, the Van Wert Police Department continues to ensure employees are trained in specialized areas of police work, so the department can handle the many challenging aspects of law enforcement. The department currently has 1 Special Response Team (6 members), 1 Sniper Team (2 members), 3 Hostage Negotiators, 2 Range Officers, 2 Use of Force Instructors, 1 Crime Scene Unit (4 members) and 1 DARE/School Liaison.