Police Department

It is the mission of the La Vernia Police Department to protect the citizens and visitors of the community.  This is accomplished through 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 10 full-time professional officers that serve a population of 1,249 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.

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2023 Scholarship Golf Tournament

To register, please fill out the application below:

2023 LVPD Golf Tournament Application

Please submit your application to dkeillvpd@lavernia-tx.gov 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.

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  www.projectchildsafe.org





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 dkeil@lavernia-tx.gov.


Complaint Form

Employment Opportunities

Full- Time Police Officer

Posted February 28, 2023


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

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. 

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. 

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