Department History

The Town of Shelburne is located along the shores of Lake Champlain and is considered a suburb of Burlington, the largest city within the State of Vermont. 

The Shelburne Police Department was founded on November 14, 1967, with Charles Schumacher and George Ellwood as the first appointed officers, population of the town during this time was 1,800. With the towns purchase of a cruiser and radio equipment, the newly created force settled into its location within the basement offices of the Howard National Bank and relied on the dispatching services of the Town of South Burlington.

Today Shelburne’s population has over 8,000 residents and is growing. The Department has 14 full-time officers, 3 part-time officers, 1 School Resource Officer, 1 Community Outreach Liaison, 8 full-time dispatchers, and 3 part-time dispatchers. Shelburne Police’s Emergency Dispatching Unit is one of six Departments within the State of the Vermont that works as the communities Public Safety Answering Point.