V.C.J.T.C. Committee Membership

Governance Board


  • Chair: Michael Desrochers, Executive Director, Division of Fire Safety
  • Vice Chair: 
  • Chris Corbin, Chair, Vermont Fire Service Training Council
  • Kevin Henderson, Buildings and General Services
  • Chief Christopher Brickell, Chair, Vermont Criminal Justic Training Council
  • Pete Lynch, Chief, Vermont Fire Service Training Center 
  • Heather Simons, Department of Corrections
  • Ingrid Jonas, Major, Vermont State Police

Canine Committee

Coordinated by Robert Ryan, Canine Training Coordinator


  • Chair: Dave Dewey, Cpl., Colchester PD
  • Robert Giolito, LT., Vt Dept of Motor Vehicles
  • Mark Redmond, Sgt., South Burlington Police Department
  • Richard Slusser, Sgt., Vermont State Police
  • Richard Cloud, Chief, Chester Police Department
  • Robert Sterling, Sgt., Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Scott Dunlap, Capt., Vermont State Police
  • William Dodge, Chief, Barre Town Police Department
  • Trent Martin, Cpl., Burlington Police Department
  • Thomas Radford, Sgt., Burlington Police Department (Ret.)

Fair and Impartial Policing Committee

Coordinated by Jennifer Firpo, Training Coordinator

The Fair and Impartial Policing Committee is comprised of law enforcement professionals representing agencies from throughout Vermont, as well as invested community stakeholders. One of this committee’s charges is to collaborate and disseminate mandatory biennial training as set forth in 20 VSA 2358(e)(3). This statute requires all law enforcement officers to receive Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council approved training relative to Fair and Impartial Policing during odd-numbered years. The Fair and Impartial Policing Committee is also tasked to review and update basic Fair and Impartial Policing Curriculum, to ensure relevance and alignment with current best practices.


  • Chair: Major Justin Stedman, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Vice Chair: Dr. Etan Nasreddin-Longo, RDAP Chairperson, Co-Director of Vermont State Police Fair & Impartial Policing and Community Affairs
  • Tabitha Moore, President Rutland NAACP
  • Captain Julie Scribner,  Vermont State Police
  • Amanda Garces, Human Rights Commission
  • Lt. Gregg Jager, South Burlington Police
  • Xusana Davis, Director Of Racial Equity

Domestic Violence Committee

Coordinated by Jennifer Firpo, Training Coordinator

The CJTC Committee on Domestic Violence was originally formed in 2008 to create an eight hour domestic violence related, Council approved, curriculum that would meet the training demands mandated by the, then, newly passed legislation, Act 174, which added mandated domestic violence training for all Vermont police officers.

Title 20 VSA § 2365. Domestic violence training

(a) In order to remain certified, law enforcement officers shall receive by 2011 at least eight hours of domestic violence training in a program approved by the Vermont criminal justice training council and the Vermont network against domestic and sexual violence.

Thereafter this committee was charged with developing new domestic violence related trainings that continue to meet the Act’s statutory requirements.  That requirement is that Vermont officers must receive domestic violence training every two years to maintain their certification.

Title 20 VSA § 2365. Domestic violence training (b) Law enforcement officers shall receive domestic violence retraining every two years in a program approved by the Vermont criminal justice training council.

Domestic violence training is required in even number years. 

  • Robbie Blish, Chief, Woodstock Police Department
  • Carolyn Hanson, Attorney General’s Office
  • Sam Hill, Sheriff, Washington County Sheriff’s Department
  • Heather Holter, Vermont Council on Domestic Violence
  • Ingrid Jonas, Major, Vermont State Police
  • Sarah Kunz-Robinson, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Andrea Van Liew, Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services

Training Advisory Committee

Coordinated by Cindy Taylor-Patch, Director of Training

The Training Advisory Committee (TAC) is comprised of representatives from throughout the VT Criminal Justice System. The TAC's primary purpose is to conduct comprehensive reviews of new and updated curriculum for both Basic Training and In-Service Academy programs (excluding use of force curriculum) - recommending acceptance or denial of these programs to the Executive Director. In addition to these reviews the TAC also periodically conducts scheduled reviews of both basic training programs (full and part-time) to ensure they are current and reflective of the current needs of modern policing. The TAC is also responsible for the review of Academy instructor certification/recertification requests in those circumstances where extenuating circumstances arise causing the staff to seek their counsel. In addition to these responsibilities the TAC may also undertake special assignments as put forth by the Executive Director or Council.


  • Chair: Lt. Steve Coote, Vermont State Police
  • Vice Chair: Sgt. Jason Covey, Middlebury Police Department
  • Chief Derrick Tienken, Winhall Police
  • Sgt. Fred Whitcomb, Stowe Police
  • Sgt. Chad Barrett, Vermont Fish & Wildlife
  • Sheriff. Jennifer Harlow, Orleans CSD
  • Sgt. Andrew Bent, Washington CSD
  • Cpl. Adam Murach, Brandon Police
  • Chief Skyler Genest, Vermont Department of Liquor Control
  • Chief George Merkel, Vergennes Police
  • Lt. Bob Giolito, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Commander Greg Sheldon, Rutland Police
  • Sgt. Dan Delgado, Burlington Police


Use of Force Committee

Meeting Dates:

Coordinated by Jacob Hansell, Training Coordinator

The UOF Committee is composed of troopers, officers, wardens, and deputies from various agencies throughout the state and range in rank from Corporals to Chiefs.  The committee members are appointed by the Executive Director of the Vermont Police Academy.  These members are considered to be advanced and very knowledgeable in their fields of training.  These fields include: firearms, non-lethal use of force, baton, rifle, and oleoresin capsicum.  The committee is overseen by an academy representative and has an elected chairman.

The committee has many responsibilities included in its purview.  Listed below are some of the responsibilities, which also may include any issues brought forth by the Executive Director for review.

  1. Reviewing/recommending curriculum for use of force classes for the basic programs and instructor programs.
  2. Providing guidance to instructors throughout the state in their use of force training.
  3. Recommend changes and improvements to the facility for use of force training.
  4. Recommend minimum standards for use of force instructors.
  5. Providing input for implementation of programs related to use of force.
  6. Reviewing special requests of use of force instructor recertification packets that are not standard.


  • Chair: Michael Akerlind, Sgt., Colchester PD
  • Vice Chair: Russell Shopland, Lt. Warden, VT Dept of Fish and Wildlife
  • Robbie Blish, Chief, Woodstock PD
  • Paul Sokolowski, Trooper, VSP
  • Matthew Murano, Chief, Wilmington PD
  • Randy Lopes, Cpl., Burlington PD
  • Eugene Duplissis Sgt., Vermont State Police
  • Jason Williams, Cpl., Rutland City PD
  • Robert Currier, Warden, VT Dept of Fish and Wildlife
  • Eugene Cote, Lt, Vt Dept of Motor Vehicles


Traffic Safety Committee

Coordinated by Christopher Conway, Training Coordinator, co-coordinated with Kenneth Hawkins, Training Coordinator.

To assess the highway safety training needs of Vermont law enforcement officers and determine the availability of pertinent training. Facilitate training availability for Vermont law enforcement officers along with training initiatives, statewide best practice concepts, training and instruction to all users of Vermont’s highways. This will be achieved by the coordination and cooperation of statewide stakeholders and resources, including the VCJTC, with the end goal of increasing highway safety and decreasing crashes in the State of Vermont.


  • Chair: Lt. Kevin Geno, Rutland County, Sheriffs Office
  • Sgt. Jay Riggen, Vermont State Police
  • Lt. Camillo Grande Bennington Police Department
  • LEL Paul White, State Highway Safety Office Behavioral Safety Unit
  • LEL Bill Jenkins, State Highway Safety Office Behavioral Safety Unit
  • Mandy White, Vermont Highway Safety Alliance
  • Glen Button, Public Member



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