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. The population of the town during this time was 1,800. With the town’s purchase of a cruiser and radio equipment, the newly created force settled into its location within the basement offices of the Howard National Bank. It relied on the dispatching services of the Town of South Burlington.

Today, Shelburne’s population has over 7,717 residents and is growing. The Department has authorized 14 full-time and part-time Officers and Community Outreach Liaisons.

Shelburne Communications Center has 9 full-time dispatchers and 3 part-time dispatchers. The Communications Center is one of the six Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) within the State of Vermont and a Regional Public Safety Dispatch Point (PSDP) for multiple Police, Fire, and EMS Agencies in Addison, Chittenden, and Grand Isle Counties.