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Vermont Fire Academy

At Scene Crash Investigation

  • Coordinator:  Leslie Bodette
  • Length of Course:  80 hours (2 weeks, Monday-Friday)
  • Course Hours:  0830-1630 hours
  • Date:  May 8 – 19, 2017
  • Tuition:  Commuting-$272.50 includes lunch and materials), Overnight- $584.50 (includes materials lodging, and meals)
  • Pre-requisite:  Must be full-time certified, having taken the Basic Academy Crash Investigation course, have field experience, and a high aptitude and interest in collision investigation.
  • Registration:  Contact the Vermont Police Academy at 802-483-6228,  Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at
    • This is an excellent opportunity for first line supervisors, as it will improve skills and better enable training and supervision.
    • This is a demanding course that involves homework, practical exercises, and advanced mathematical calculations.Successful completion provides a significant increase in collision investigation skills and will lead to being able to offer expert testimony.
    • Topics include calculating speed from skid marks and scuff marks, scale diagramming, lamp examination, photography and determination of physical evidence.The instructors will provide individualized attention as needed and all participants will actively take part in class, which will help develop familiarity with presenting this material, as might be done in court.
    • Officers will need to review their Basic Crash Investigation Manual and materials and bring the following: scientific calculator, drawing compass, mechanical pencil, and soft eraser. All other materials will be provided.
    • This course is a pre-requisite to Advanced and Reconstruction levels.

Interacting with People Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

Interacting with People Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

  • Coordinator: Cindy Taylor-Patch
  • Length of course: 1 Day (8 hours)
  • Course hours: 0800 – 1630
  • Dates/Locations:
    • September 6, 2016 at Vermont Fire Academy
    • September 14, 2016 at Milton Fire Department
  • Tuition: Free


Email Director of Training Cindy Taylor-Patch for more information.

Course Description

Taught by experienced police officers and professionals from the disability services field, this course will cover a variety of issues surrounding this sometimes controversial topic.  Experts from many state and community agencies and advocates collaborated with VT officers to develop a curriculum that covers some basic ways to recognize a psychiatric or developmental disability and suggestions for positive ways to respond.  Our main purpose for offering this training is to promote officer safety and the safety of all others involved.  Other topics to be discussed include suicide risk factors, self-harming behaviors (ex. "cutting"), relevant laws and legal issues, stigma, resources and treatment options, and most importantly, de-escalation and communication skills.  Officers will gain the skills needed to professionally and effectively interact with people in crisis

Death Investigation

  • Coordinator: Cindy Taylor-Patch
  • Length of course: 40 hours
  • Course hours: 0800 - 1630 hours
  • Dates: August 8 -12, 2016
  • Location: Vermont Fire Academy
  • Tuition: $69.00 for commuters (includes lunch), $245.0 for attendees staying overnight (includes lodging and all meals)
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the subject material the class contains graphic content.  This course is limited to sworn law enforcement officers ONLY who have been designated by their agency to conduct death investigations. Full-time certification and at least 3 years of experience are required.

“Few things in our democracy are as important as ensuring that citizens have confidence in their institutions in a crisis.  For many individuals the death of a loved one is just such a crisis.  Ensuring that the proper steps and procedures are taken at the scene of that death to reassure family members that the death was a natural one, a suicide, or a homicide is a key element in maintaining citizen confidence in local officials.”              
                                                                    - Jeanne M. Adkins
                                                                      Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator
                                                                      U.S. Department of Justice.

This 40-hour course is designed to provide basic information for officers who are new to, or who want to learn more about, death investigation.

Topics in this course of instruction include:

  • The manner, mechanism and cause of deaths
  •  A review of various types of deaths
  • Autopsy and role of, and interfacing, with the Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Bloodstain Evidence
  • Fire related deaths and hazmat concerns
  • Missing person’s investigations
  • Child and infant Deaths
  • Major crime investigation and evidence
  • Computer forensic analysis and death investigations
  • Case reviews
  • And much more.

Instructors for this course included members of the Office of the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner as well as Vermont State Detectives, members of the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Wardens.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Presented by Girls Education and Mentoring Services (GEMS)

Coordinator:  Sara Couture                                                                                                                                         

Length of Course: 16 hours
Course hours: 0830-1600 hours
Date & Location: June 28-29, 2016 at the Vermont Fire Academy

Tuition: $10.00 for Commute or Overnight
Registration:  Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), the nation’s largest service provider to commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women, will present its nationally recognized CCIP Train-the-Trainer curriculum. This training will provide foundational knowledge of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and domestic trafficking of youth with regard to language, terms and definitions, criminal behaviors and market forces (supply, demand motivation) as well as the relation of trauma bonds to victims of CSE and domestic trafficking. The training be co-facilitated by retired Det. Alan Krok, veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the stages of change model and how it can be utilized to engage with youth exploited in the commercial sex industry.  Participants will also gain knowledge on best practices in identifying and engaging with CSE and domestically trafficked youth.

This training is sponsored by the Children’s Justice Act Grant.  DCF, Guidance Counselors, and anyone working closely with youth are welcome to register.  This is not solely a law enforcement training.

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