La Vernia Police Department

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Mission: To protect the citizens and visitors of the community by guarding the life, property, and constitutional rights of all and pursuing justice with compassion and respect.

Vision: The La Vernia Police Department, trusted and respected by the entirety of our community, will proactively and cooperatively serve La Vernia by community policing with a focus on vigilance and diligence in the services that we provide.  It is our duty.

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About La Vernia PD

The La Vernia Police Department is staffed by 11 full-time professional officers that serve a population of 1,250 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.  Each member of the department is certified as a peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.  The department strives to maintain a level of excellence by conducting training and staying abreast of current events. When not readily available, the department will send officers to other agencies to receive such training.

In addition to the population in the city, the department is also responsible for providing safety and security for the entire La Vernia Independent School District which has a student enrollment of over 3000.  The department is actively involved with school administrators in an effort to make the campuses safer.  This is not only accomplished by working closely with the staff, but also by a constant presence on the campuses.

All officers are trained First Responders and work with the local fire department and emergency medical services to respond and provide immediate steps to prevent further injury or damage.  Members of the department coordinate with other agencies at the local, state, and federal level.  This collaborating of issues and shared information can be vital in keeping our community safe.

Each year the police department responds to more than 1,000 calls for service. These responses can result in criminal arrests, traffic citations, warning citations, accident investigations and crime reports. Not all calls are criminal in nature.  Some calls received will result in referrals to other agencies.

Employment Opportunities


Posted February 28, 2023


We may not always be hiring, but you are welcome to apply at any time! 

Submitting your Application:

Complete the application in one of the following ways:

  • Print it and mail to:

    City of La Vernia
    Attn: Police Dept.
    P.O. Box 225
    La Vernia, Texas 78121

  • In-person:
    La Vernia City Hall
    102 E. Chihuahua St.
    La Vernia, Texas 78121                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Email:
    Chief Keil

If you are interested in working for the La Vernia Police Department, please contact Chief Donald Keil at 830-779-4541

Equal Employment Opportunity
The La Vernia Police Department is a drug and tobacco free workplace. 

LVPD Explorer Program

The La Vernia Police Explorer Program is a free program that focuses on developing young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 into educated, informed, well rounded, members of society.

Why Join The LVPD Explorer Program?

The program prepares them to become productive adult citizens of the community and provides a positive alternative to negative influences that they may be exposed to everyday. Participants develop life skills and knowledge for the future through workshops, mentorship, and hands-on experiences.


Apply Online or fill out your and return to the Police Department! 

National Night Out 2022-2023

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2023 Scholarship Golf Tournament


LVPD is very proud of our local youngsters. One of the ways we show our pride and appreciation is by hosting our annual Golf Tournament. The proceeds go to fund scholarships for graduating seniors to help them with their future endeavors. 


To register, please fill out the application below:

2024 LVPD Golf Tournament Application

Please submit your application to

For More Information Contact Officer Markgraf 830-581-1039 or Chief Keil 830-779-4541 or drop off at City Hall located at 102 E. Chihuahua St.

If you would like to be a sponsor please email us or call 830-779-4541.

Make Payment Here!


Bureau Code: 9243624

Bureau Code: 9243624

Payment Amount: Account: Name / Business Name

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Category: Miscellaneous

Project Child Safe


The La Vernia Police Department is proud to be a partner with Project Child Safe.  This organization a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit charitable organization committed to promoting firearms safety among firearms owners through the distribution free firearm Safety Kits. When available, these kits can be obtained from the Police Department.  You can also get educational information and other items from their website





Commend an Officer
If you observe an officer performing their duties in a manner that you feel is exceptional, then we encourage you to tell us about it.

Your Name:
Your Phone Number:
Your Email:
Are you a La Vernia Resident?
Officers Name: (if known)
Tell us why you'd like to commend this officer:

Make a Complaint

If you feel like you need to make a complaint on one of our officers or make a supervisor aware of an incident, please fill out the form below and submit it to


Complaint Form

out of town notice

Let us know by clicking the form below: 


Out of Town Notice Form

Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  How do I contact the police department?

A:  Emergencies, dial 911.  To report a crime that does not require an emergency response, please contact (830) 393-2535.  For general information and/or business related questions, please contact (830) 779-4541 x1.


Q:  Will the police check my residence while I am out of town?

A:  Yes.  You can either fill out an out of town notice and submit it to the police department HERE or come to the department to request the check.  You will be asked information to include date of departure and return.  Please note: If you return prior to the given date, you must come to the department to cancel the check.  This is only so we can ensure that the person cancelling the request is legitimate.


Q:  Can I get a copy of a police or accident report?

A:  Yes.  The rules of the Open Record Act may apply.  Please contact City Hall at (830) 779-4541 x2 for information on obtaining these reports.


Q:  If I receive a traffic ticket or court summons, where do I go to take of it?

A:  You can go to the office of the court clerk, located in City Hall, 102E Chihuahua, La Vernia, Texas 78121.  If you have questions regarding the citation please contact that office at (830) 779-4541 x2


Q:  What community services does the police department provide?

A:  In addition to the security checks, the department will also provide community awareness briefings.  Please contact (830) 779-4541 x1 to discuss your needs. 

TxDOT Crash Report Online Purchase System

Using this system, you can search for and purchase Certified copies of your Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report (CR-3).

Click here!

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