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City of Vermillion

About VPD

The Vermillion Police Department is a progressive agency comprised of nineteen sworn and three non-sworn personnel. We serve approximately ten thousand residents within a diverse community that also plays home to the University of South Dakota. VPD generates approximately 4,500 offense reports annually, and either hosts or participates in numerous community service programs each year.

Collectively, our officers receive over a thousand hours of training annually, and also maintain numerous certifications in skills and disciplines vital to effective policing. Our marked vehicle fleet consists not only of Ford Crown Victorias, but also a Ford Expedition and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Additionally, four of our officers are IPMBA-certified Police Cyclists, and utilize bicycles for routine and special patrols.

The Vermillion Police Department's offices are located at the Vermillion/Clay County Public Safety Center, located at 15 Washington Street in Vermillion. The building, constructed in 1989, also houses the Clay County Sheriff's Department, their jail facility, and the Clay Area Emergency Communications Center.

The Clay County Courthouse, which is attached to the Public Safety Center, houses multiple other county offices including the Clay County State's Attorney's office, the Clerk of Courts, the Driver's Licensing examiner, the County Health Nurse and the Veteran's Service Office.