Director of Officer Safety and Wellness

Director Vernon Herron

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Vernon Herron has more than 35 years of experience in public safety and law enforcement. He currently serves as Director, Baltimore City Police Department, where he manages the Officer Safety and Wellness Section (OS&W) which houses both the Early Intervention and Health & Wellness Units. The Officer Safety and Wellness Section, promotes both physical and mental health through training, seminars/workshops, wellness initiatives and programming, health publications, and supporting officers’ in times of crisis. Additionally, OS&W facilitates police officers with immediate access to a mental health clinician, as soon as officers have been involved in a traumatic event, such as a “Police Officer Involved Shooting."

Prior to joining the Baltimore City Police Department, Director Herron served more than 27 years in the Maryland State Police, he also served as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Public Safety and Director of Homeland Security in Prince George’s County, Md.

Throughout his career, he has lectured across the United States on crime strategies and public safety. He holds a Master’s of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, University College. Mr. Herron is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, Session 187.

Director Herron’s New Approach to Early Intervention, was published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police Magazine.