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PR24 Instructors Course

PR24 Instructors Course

  • Coordinator:  Jason Williams
  • Length of Course: 8 hours (1 day)
  • Course hours:  0800 - 1630
  • Date: 19 April, 2017
  • Location:  Vermont Police Academy Gymnasium
  • Tuition:  Commuting $17.50
  • Registration:  Fax the in-service training application to 802-483-2343 or e-mail it to our registrar .
    • Prerequisite: Must be a currently certified Use of Force and Tactics Instructor

Course description:

This one day course is for the currently certified Use of Force and Tactics Instructor who has MEB Instructor Certification to also be certified as a PR24 instructor, and is also for the currently certified PR24 instructor who would like to refresh their skills.  All UOF and T instructors who wish to become Instructor Trainers must have instructor certifications in MEB, PR24 and OC, in addition to basic MDTS instructor certification.  This course meets that prerequisite to apply for instructor trainer status.  The entire course will be held in the gym and will include written and proficiency testing at the conclusion.  Participants should wear comfortable gym attire and have their duty belt with them, as well as a PR-24 with a PR-24 holster.

NRA Pistol/Shotgun Instructor Course

NRA Pistol/Shotgun Instructor Course

  • Coordinator:  Jason Williams
  • Length of Course: 5 days (approximately 44 hours)
  • Course hours:  0800 - 1700
  • Date/Location:  17 – 21 July, 2017 / Vermont Police Academy range and classroom 3
  • Tuition:  $645 payable directly to the NRA, plus an additional $37.50 payable to the Vermont Police Academy on the morning of the first day of the class for facility use and range fees for all students attending.                 
    • Meals and overnight lodging are also available at the academy for an additional cost of $215 for the week billed to you or your agency. 
    • Commuting students may elect to purchase lunch at the academy for $11.00 per meal payable in the dining facility each day.
  • Registration:  Visit the NRA website at to register.  The Vermont Police Academy IS NOT accepting the registrations for this course.

The Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council and the National Rifle Association are teaming up to bring the New England area law enforcement community a combination pistol and shotgun instructor course to the academy on the 17th through the 21st of July, 2017.  The NRA has enjoyed a long history of providing high quality training to law enforcement officers across the country, and this course promises to deliver the same high level of training.  Please read the eligibility requirements carefully as set forth by the NRA by following the link in the registration section of this announcement.  This course is open to all “sworn” law enforcement officers and is not limited to firearms instructors; however current instructors are strongly encouraged to attend to enhance their skills.  This is also an excellent course for those who are interested in attending a VCJTC firearms instructor course in the future.  A link to the NRA’s webpage describing the class can be found here:

Vermont officers:

This course does not meet the requirements set forth by the Council for VCJTC firearms instructor certification, and if attended, a potential instructor must still attend the VCJTC course for certification as a Firearms Instructor. 

The NRA’s course description is below, copied from their website:

Handgun/Shotgun Instructor
This school compresses the handgun instructor school to 3 days and adds 2 days of shotgun instructor training. Student classroom presentations, concealed-carry training, and unconventional shooting positions are replaced with shotgun marksmanship and handling classroom presentations and range work. Shotgun drills include firing from cover, use of kneeling and prone positions, moving targets, malfunction clearing, firing on the move, and transitioning to the handgun. In addition to the above mentioned required equipment, the following are ALSO necessary for this school:

  • Duty-type, law enforcement 12 gauge pump or semi-auto police shotgun equipped with a sling.
  • 900 rounds of duty or training handgun ammunition.
  • 50 rounds of duty or training 12 gauge slugs.
  • 20 rounds of duty or training 12 gauge 00 buckshot.
  • 100 rounds of birdshot (#6, #7½, #8 or #9).

A backup handgun is NOT required for this school.

The shotgun and buckshot must be capable of shooting a group no larger than 18 inches at 15 yards in order to pass the course.

Rifled shotgun barrels are inappropriate for this school and are not allowed.

Please direct all questions regarding prerequisites and course requirements to the NRA Law Enforcement training division at .  All questions regarding the facility, meals and lodging can be directed to

SFST Refresher & DUI Update

SFST Refresher & DUI Update

  • Length of Course: 4 hours
  • Date/Location/Time:  December 13 at Ludlow Town Hall Conference Room – Two session are available – 0800-1200 OR 1200-1600. Make sure you specify the morning or afternoon session when you register.                        
  • Tuition: $6.00 includes materials and an updated SFST Roadside booklet.
  • Prerequisite: Officers must be certified in DUI Enforcement.
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

Minimum number to hold in class: 10
Maximum number in class: 20

The purpose of this course is to ensure uniformity of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing as recommended by NHTSA, which strengthens the DUI case. The instructor will offer classroom instruction, critique practical application of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and review current law. There is no test or evaluation for this course as it is a refresher.



Use-of-Force & Tactics Instructor School

  • Coordinator:  Jason Williams
  • Length of Course: 5 days (40 hours)
  • Course hours:  0800-1630
  • Date/Location:  17-21 October, 2016/ VPA
  • Tuition:  Commuting $84.50/Overnight $238.50
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

This five-day in-service class will certify students as instructors in the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council (VTCJTC) / Monadnock - Safariland Defensive Tactics System (MDTS), the Monadnock - Safariland Expandable Baton (MEB) or Monadnock / Safariland PR-24 Side-Handle Baton, and the Oleoresin Capsicum aerosol projector.  

For the baton portion of this training, officers may choose one or the other baton for instructor certification.  If already certified as a baton instructor, officers will be re-certified during the training.   If an officer is already certified as either an MEB or PR-24 instructor, they will have the opportunity to re-certify in that discipline and become certified as an instructor in the other if they choose to do so. 

The VCJTC / Monadnock – Safariland MDTS program is a system of self-defense control and restraint techniques and tactics, which teaches officers to safely control and handcuff suspects in a wide-range of arrest situations.   Officers will receive instruction on the legalities of police use-of-force, as well as instruction on how to effectively teach and certify others at the basic user-level.   

This comprehensive course consists of both classroom and gym instruction.   Students should be prepared for a rigorous and physically demanding week of training and should be free of any conditions that would prohibit them from effectively participating and completing the training.  Attire must include a full duty belt, inert training OC, baton and gym shoes.     

Ground Fighting Instructor Re-certification

  • Coordinator:  Jason Williams
  • Length of Course: 8 hours
  • Course hours:  0800-1630
  • Date/Location:  12 July, 2016/VPA gym
  • Tuition:  $17.50 Commuting
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at
  • Prerequisite: Currently Certified VCJTC Ground Fighting Instructor

This one-day training will refresh and review the program skills from the VCJTC Ground-Fighting Instructor Course.  Training will include a complete review of the course curriculum to refresh the skills utilized by currently certified instructors when teaching the program.   New course updates and materials will be provided during training.  Attire should include suitable workout clothing, athletic shoes, handcuffs and key. 

Use-of-Force & Tactics Instructor Re-certification

  • Coordinator:  Jason Williams
  • Length of Course: 8 hours
  • Course hours:  0800-1630
  • Date:
    • 29 June, 2016
    • 21 October, 2016 
  • Location:  Vermont Police Academy
  • Tuition:  $17.50 Commuting
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

This one-day comprehensive training will recertify VCJTC Use-of-Force & Tactics Instructors in the disciplines of the Monadnock Defensive Tactics System, the Monadnock Expandable Baton and / or the PR-24 Baton.   Attendees should be dressed appropriately for defensive tactics training and bring their duty belt, handcuffs, training OC, training firearm and MEB and / or PR-24 baton.   Course participants will receive refresher training in all the skills from the programs and will be expected to pass a physical proficiency and written test.  Attendees certified in one, two or all three programs (MDTS, PR-24 & MEB) can attend the training at be re-certified at the basic user-level if they are not an instructor in one or more of the three programs already.  To qualify to attend, students must be an instructor in at least one of the three programs already.

Firearms Instructor Certification Course Testing Days

Please read the course description in its entirety before calling to register.

Length of Course: 2 weeks (10 days, Monday through Friday) plus additional field work

Note: All participants must attend all classes during both weeks of the course to be certified as a Firearms Instructor.

Course Hours: 0800-1630, plus two evening sessions on Wednesdays which run until 2100 hours

Location: Vermont Police Academy scenario building and range


  • Entrance testing: 16 or 17 August, 2016
  • Week 1: 19 - 23 September, 2016
  • Week 2:  17 - 21 October, 2016


  • Testing: Free
  • Course:  Commute $273/Overnight $558

Registration: To register for this class, your department head or department training officer must send an email to Training Coordinator Jason Williams at .

Because of a significant need for instructors by some agencies within the state, registration for the course does not guarantee a reserved seat in the course.  Applicants will be notified in April of this year as to whether their seat has been reserved for testing for the 2016 course.

Application deadline is 7 April, 2016.

Prerequisites: Level III certified law enforcement officer with at least two years of consecutive Vermont law enforcement experience or, Full time certified correctional officer with at least two years of consecutive Vermont corrections experience or, Level II certified law enforcement officer with at least four years of consecutive Vermont law enforcement experience.

Note: Seating for this class will be first come, first served for Level III certified law enforcement and full time corrections personnel, except as stated above.  Level II certified personnel will be placed on a standby list and will be given seating on a first come, first served basis if space is available.  On the job minimum experience levels must be reached prior to the start date of the class.


Course Description:          The Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s Use of Force Committee has enacted entrance standards that a potential instructor candidate must meet for entrance into the course.  The number of persons who may sign up for the testing will be limited to 16 applicants.  Once the application deadline has been reached for the test, those first 16 applicants who meet the minimum prerequisites will be required to come to the Vermont Police Academy on either the 12th or the 13th of August, 2014 to participate in the entrance testing process.  The testing process will likely take all day to complete.   

The applicant will be required to bring their duty belt, duty handgun, flashlight and/or weapons mounted light, protective vest regularly worn on duty, as well as 300 rounds of ball, (FMJ or TMJ) ammunition for the test date.  Frangible ammunition will be provided at the academy.  Applicants who successfully pass the entrance standards will have a seat reserved for them in the class.  A description of the entrance test standards will be provided to those applicants who are on the test list, as well as study materials.

Those applicants who successfully pass the entrance testing will participate in two weeks of training in classroom firearms and the use of deadly force material, instructor development, range operations, coaching techniques and evaluation methods to prepare them to function as Council certified firearms instructors.

The instructor candidates will participate in practice teaching exercises, develop new and modify current firearms training programs, create lesson plans, become familiar with current liability and civil suit trends, practice range coaching techniques, and be oriented with required range forms, paperwork and firearms training documentation.

Participants must demonstrate the ability to conduct safe range activities as well as identify and correct shooting technique deficiencies of trainees, and to prepare and deliver lessons in a classroom setting.  The course will culminate with instructor candidates providing range activities with new law enforcement recruits under the guidance of the firearms instructor trainers.

Homework will be required for this course and must be completed between weeks one and two of the course.

A list of items that the instructor candidate will be required to bring to the class will be provided upon successful completion of the entrance testing.

SIG SAUER Master Pistol Instructor Course

SIG SAUER Master Pistol Instructor Course

  • Coordinator:  Jason Williams
  • Length of Course:  16 hours
  • Course hours:  0830 - 1700
  • Date/Location:  11 – 12 May, 2016; Vermont Police Academy.  The class will begin in the VPA UOFTS room located in the scenario building.
  • Tuition:  SIG SAUER course tuition is $600 which will be billed to you or your agency by SIG SAUER Academy fees billed separately are $36.50 for commuting students and $75.00 for overnight students.
  • Minimum number to hold in class:  10
  • Maximum number in class:  16


Contact the SIG SAUER Academy Training Coordinator via phone at 603-610-3411.

This class is limited to law enforcement professionals, and SIG SAUER has additional prerequisites that must be met in order to attend this class.

Course description: (directly from the SIG SAUER website)


Attendees must be a previously certified firearms instructor through the SIG SAUER Academy or certified through another nationally recognized instructor development program (5 day minimum). Call SIG SAUER for clarification.

Course Outline 

We hold our instructors to the absolute highest standard and we teach to the absolute highest standard. The SIG SAUER Academy wants to ensure all attendees have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet course standards. However, we understand each shooter is different and each shooter learns at a different level. Therefore, qualification standards allow students to quickly assess their abilities in a controlled environment in order to prepare them for the next level of training. We talk the talk and walk the walk. All SIG SAUER Academy instructors are required to pass a semiannual master level qualification course in order to maintain instructor status.

Successful course credit requires a passing score on a shooting qualification test to be administered by the instructor before course conclusion. This shooting qualification is specifically developed to test the skills, safety, and techniques taught in this course. The qualification and standard will not be posted or made available. Students who do not pass this qualification will receive a certificate of attendance for the course.

The following is a course outline of what you can expect to cover:

  • Understanding and teaching visual input necessary for success
  • Understanding and teaching biomechanics
  • Adult learning styles for performance improvement
  • Breaking down the barriers of conventional training
  • Inoculating the new shooter
  • Foundational drills and skills for repeatable success
  • The law of non-arguable 'Y's
  • Establishing metrics for program success
  • Pistol in good working order with at least 3 magazines
  • Sturdy belt at least 1.5” wide
  • Strong side hip duty or concealment belt holster
  • Magazine pouch
  • Hearing protection
  • Wrap-around eye protection
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Estimated round count: 900 rounds pistol

Glock Instructor’s Workshop

Glock Instructor’s Workshop

  • Coordinator: Jason Williams
  • Length of Course:2.5 days/ 20 hours
  • Course Hours: 0800 – 1700 except Friday which is 0800 - 1200
  • Date:  27 – 29 April, 2016
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy Scenario Building
  • Tuition:  $350 paid directly to Glock, Inc.
  • Minimum number to hold in class:  16
  • Maximum number in class:  16


Visit the Glock, Inc. website at to register.  Registrations will not be accepted by the academy.

Course Description

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