The Virden Police Department consists of 6 full-time police officers, and 3 full-time
dispatchers and a full-time animal control officer. The Chief of Police serves upon
the appointment of the Mayor and the approval of the City Council.
A 12-hour shift schedule provides 24/7 coverage throughout the year. The department
also provides 24/7 police dispatching and enjoys a strong working relationship with
other local departments, the Macoupin County Sheriffs' Department and the Illinois
The City of Virden is strongly committed to local law enforcement allocating the
police department nearly one-half million dollars per year in its budget.