City police, Turning Point team up to offer quick help to those in crisis

Thanks to Turning Point Center of Addison County, Vergennes Police Department officers this week have new tools at their disposal that can help citizens in need — two iPads.

Vergennes leads effort for police and social service collaboration

VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel — along with a dozen area nonprofits and state agencies — is working on bringing to northern Addison County a collaborative effort among social services and police that Merkel and others believe will better … (read more)

UPDATED: Man shot in Vergennes Sunday morning, seriously injured

VERGENNES — Raymond William White, 34, of Vergennes was arraigned on Monday afternoon in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly shooting a man on Sunday morning at his First Stre … (read more)

City recruiting for group eyeing police review panel

VERGENNES — Vergennes municipal officials are seeking to repopulate the Citizen Review Board Exploratory Committee that is studying whether the city council should create a permanent citizen committee to help oversee the Vergennes Police Department. The c … (read more)

Vergennes police chief cleared of fraud allegation

MONTPELIER — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Friday announced his office had cleared Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel of allegations of that he had fraudulently reported overtimes. The investigation was begun by Addison County Sheriff Peter N … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Vergennes chief says police cultivate trust

On behalf of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police and the Vermont Police Association, I express both outrage and sadness surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. The actions of one maligned officer with his unwarranted use o … (read more)

Vergennes police officers vote in favor of union

VERGENNES — The eight officers of the Vergennes Police Department on Thursday afternoon voted to form a union, doing so by affiliating with the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), a union that represents many law enforcement agencies in New … (read more)

Vergennes police officers seek to form union

VERGENNES — The officers of the Vergennes Police Department have voted to unionize by affiliating with the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), a union that represents many law enforcement agencies in New England, including in Vermont. The p … (read more)