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Animal Cruelty Investigation for Law Enforcement Officers

  • October 31, 2023


  • June 22 - 23, 2023 at the Vermont Police Academy

  • September 28 - 29, 2023 at the Essex Police Department

  • November 16 - 17 at West Dover Fire Department

ARIDE Refresher Course

The ARIDE Refresher course was developed for law enforcement officers who have attended the 16-hour in-person ARIDE course. It is designed to provide the officers with key concepts taught in the full two-day training through an interactive web-based format to refresh their skills.

NHTSA's ARIDE training is a 16-hour, in-person instructor-led course that builds on the skills of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to enhance a law enforcement officer's ability to detect impaired driving and enforce relevant laws.  With the development of the 4-hour ARIDE Refresher eLearning course, officers trained in ARIDE can refresh their skills without having to attend an in-person course; instead, they can access the course when their schedule allows, from anywhere with an internet connection.  Featuring highly skilled and well-trained subject matter experts from across the country, this course will allow learners to re-engage with the material from the in-person course while testing their knowledge through realistic scenarios and testing before, during, and after the training.

Officers can sign up for an account to access the training at  It requires minimal information and gives the officer access to all courses offered through the LMS. All courses are free and can be taken at the officers’ own pace.

Once your account is created navigate to E-Learning Courses, Drug Awareness & Enforcement, and select Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Refresher.

Upon completion, please provide the certificate of completion and the supporting documentation to Jen Hier ( at the Vermont Police Academy.  You will receive 4 credit hours for this training

Alco-Sensor FST PBT device

  • Online training, click link for more information. 


Baseline Domestic Violence Training

  • June 26

Basic Use of Force & Tactics for Level I&II Officers

July 24-26, 2023 from 0800-1630

This is a physically demanding training course and participants must be injury free and in good physical condition before entering the course.  

Tuition is free for all Vermont Law Enforcement Officer candidates who are sponsored by a Vermont Law Enforcement Agency and are pursuing level I or Level II law enforcement certification. This class is designed for Level II officers looking to satisfy thier Use of Force block of instruction. Also this course will be used to satify out of state waivers Use of Force block. 

You must be sponsored and employed by a law enforcement agency to attend this course.

Note: Gym attire no shorts, BDU style pants and polo, to include gym shoes, duty belt, and handcuffs and cuff key are required for this course.

This course is designed to provide officers with the basics for self-protection and control and/or restraint of adversaries.  This course consists of classroom lecture, gym-work and scenario-based training. 

Successful completion of the course will require the student to attend the full blocks of training as well as pass written and proficiency testing for basic MDTS certification.

Written testing requires a minimum score of 80% to pass and proficiency testing requires 100% acceptable score on the Minimal Acceptable Performance Standards set forth by Safariland and the VCJTC.

Effective 1 January, 2014 per Council ruling, all persons seeking certification as law enforcement officers after that date must attend and successfully complete a Council approved training course for MDTS before receiving Level I, II or III law enforcement certification. The four-hour handcuff training provided during the Level I and II basic certification course does not meet this requirement, and only gives them the authority to carry and use handcuffs under the guidelines set forth in the provisional certification for Levels I or II. Officers must also attend and successfully complete a Council approved baton and/or Oleoresin Capsicum aerosol projector course before having the authority to carry and use a baton and/or OC. This course meets the minimum requirements under this new rule.


Canine In-service Training

Canine Urban Tracking

  • June 19 - 23

Command Leadership Institute

  • May 15 - 19 at the Hartford Police Department
  • Register online at at or call 877-772-7712 for more information.
    The registration fee is $795/student. Class begins at 8:30 am. Dress: business casual.

Communications Training Officer Course

  • July 26th-27th at the Royalton State Police Barracks

Communications Training Officer Refresher

Conflict Resolution for Law Enforcement - Insight Policing

This 16-hour training, presented by Insight Policing, focuses of building strategic observation, communication, and questioning skillsets for law enforcement officers. Insight Policing will teach law enforcement officers the theory and science of conflict decision-making and conflict resolution based communication tactics.
General Information
Date: September 7-8 2023
Contact Hours: 16
Time: 8am—5pm
Location: Colchester, VT

Contact Us
Emerald Mancini (registration help)
Phone: (727)341-3072
Robert Alfonso (course information)
Phone: (727)344-8012
Topics Covered:
 Understand the science of conflict decision-making
 Enhance personal awareness skills
 Build sustainable problem solving skills

More information available in the linked flyer

Crash Investigation for Level II & Waiver Officers

  • October 30-31 - (0800-1630)
  • Training is located at the Vermont Police Academy

Crime Scene Investigation, Level II/ Waivers

  • October 10, 2023

Cybercrime Insight and Introduction to Digital Evidence Identification

  • Free - class is capped at 30 students
  • October 10, 2023
  • VT Liquor and Lottery, 1311 US Route 302, Barre, VT 05641

Domestic Violence Baseline

  • November 13, 2023

DUI Detection/SFST Course and DMT Certification

  • October 23 - 27

DRE Training School

DRE Trainings

Entrance Exam Testing dates

  • June 20, 2023
  • July 28, 2023
  • August 15, 2023
  • September 26, 2023
  • October 17, 2023
  • November 7, 2023
  • January 23, 2024
  • February 13, 2024
  • March 26, 2024
  • April 16, 2024
  • May 14, 2024
  • June 11, 2024
  • July 16, 2024
  • August 13, 2024
  • September 24, 2024
  • October 15, 2024
  • November 19, 2024
  • December 17, 2024

Executive Leadership Institute

  • July 24 - 29 at the Hartford Police Department
  • Register online at or call 877-772-7712 for more information. The registration fee is $795/student. Class begins at 8:30 am. Dress: business casual.

Firearms Instructor School (Testing Dates Only)

  • June 26
  • June 27
  • June 28

Fair and Impartial Policing - Baseline

  • October 16, 2023

2023 Mandatory Fair and Impartial Policing 

Please note that each date has options to attend in-person or via Zoom. If you have any questions or difficulties with registration, please email TC Jennifer Firpo. If your agency would like to attend virtually as a group, please email TC Firpo before registering. 

September 27 - 2:30 PM - Windsor (click link to register)

September 28 - 10:30 AM - Windsor County (click link to register)

October 11 - 2:30 PM - Barre (click link to register)

October 12 - 10:30 AM - Barre (click link to register)

October 25 - 2:30 PM - Shelburne (click link to register)

October 26 - 10:30 AM - South Burlington (click link to register)

November 8 - 2:30 PM - Hyde Park (click link to register)

November 9 - 10:30 AM - St Albans (click link to register)

November 29 - 2:30 PM - Bennington (click link to register)

First Responder Computer Investigations


The Burlington Police Department, Massachusetts is hosting a “First Responder Computer Investigations” class via "Field Search Certification" on Wednesday, 11/15/23, 9:00am-3:30pm. Students will learn searching techniques associated with “Field Search Software Certification” and multitude of other open-source digital tools to preview the contents of the suspect computer & associated media. Please review the information below and see the (attached) training bulletins for additional information.

 (1-DAY) COURSE INFO: Computer information is easily previewed, captured, and presented in a court worthy report. COMPUTER LAB Training: New laptop computers are available for the students to use, complete with digital crime scene scenario's, and updated technology. Newly added support software & training in the area of video capturing, browser history review (websites visited), email, keyword or phrase search, Meta Data-GEO tag tracing, network WI-FI MAC address locators, registry tools, and other auditing software. Tools provide for capturing, hashing, and submission of exploitation material for NCMEC & Project Vic. ANALYSIS CELL PHONE DATA: NEW WINDOWS 11 Limited LINK TECHNOLOGY (IPHONE, ANDROID & SMARTPHONE) -(folders recovered/ reviewed). Students will leave the class that day with the software and tools needed conduct analysis. Students previously trained should consider updating certification with recent technology changes to (Windows 11).

 We take all direct registrations and charge $495.00 per student flat fee-direct bill to us.

Limited seating, please register below:

Fingerprint Certification

  • 10/10/2023 at the Vermont Police Academy
  • Session 1 @ 0800-1200 VPA Classroom 3
  • Session 2 @ 1230-1630 VPA Classroom 3

First Line Supervisors

First Responder Wellness Conference

Forensic Investigation Photography (Basic to Advanced) Plus CSI Techniques

FTO Recertification

FTO Supervisor

Milton Police Department, 37 Bombardier Rd. Milton, VT

November 2-3, 2023, 830-1600 contact Lt. Frank Scalise for more information.

Glock Armourers Course

Interacting with People Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

  • June 27

Internal Affairs Investigations

Leadership for the Future Course – Woodstock VT ($275)

Link to course description


Windsor County Sheriff’s Department

62 Pleasant Street

Woodstock, VT 05091

Visit for more information. Register Now

Hosted by the Windsor County Sheriff’s Department

LIDAR Operation Certification

  • November 3

NCIC FSTO/LFSTO - FBI National Crime Information Center

The FBI requires new or returning personnel who require access to their National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to be both NCIC and CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services) certified. Contact your agency's NCIC TAC (Terminal Agency Coordinator) to coordinate your online training program. 

NHTSA Doppler Radar Operator Certification

  • November 2

Fingerprinting Re-Certification

  • Police officers are required by Vermont statute to be re-certified every 3 years, following the training and certification outlined above, in order to take fingerprints from minors as part of a voluntary identification program. To be recertified, an officer must submit to VCIC a set of prints via electronic capture OR the standard ink and roll method. The prints will be examined for quality, and if acceptable, recertification will be granted. If the prints are found to be unacceptable, the officer will have to re-take the Basic Fingerprinting Certification Course. Please note: recertification is NOT required for the purposes of taking prints as part of an investigation, employment-related background checks, etc.

    Send a set of fingerprints to VCIC C/O Identification Section Supervisor, 42 State Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-130

Homemade Explosives: Awareness, Recognition, and Response (HME) AQR-313

Course provided by New Mexico Tech - Energetic Matierals Research and Testing Center via Hartford Police Department

The HME course is designed to provide emergency first responders with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and respond to incidents involving Homemade Explosives (HME).  

• Emergency first responders are presented with information on the identification of HME explosive precursor chemicals, HME manufacturing indicators, HME exposure indicators, and pre[1]detonation and post-detonation response actions.  

• Throughout this course, emergency first responders discuss how to implement safe response strategies when recognizing the presence of HME indicators; understanding these response actions is critical to mitigating the hazards associated with HME. 

One-8 hour day class offered on two dates: 

August 22, 2023 0800-1700 

August 24, 2023 0800-1700 



Hartford Police Department  

812 VA Cutoff Road  

White River Junction, VT 05001 


Registration Contact:  

Lt. Tom Howell 

Leadership Development

Milton Police Department, 37 Bombardier Rd. Milton, VT

September 20-22, 2023, 900-1600 contact Lt. Frank Scalise for more information.

Patrol Rifle Instructor School

  • May 22 - 26, 2023 at Hale Mountain Fish & Game Club Range 684 Rod and Gun Club Rd., Shaftsbury,VT 05262
  • Register via email at



  • September 12 at 0800-1630
  • Vermont Police Academy - 317 Academy Rd, Pittsford


Radar/Lidar Instructor Development Course

Search and Rescue

  • October 31, 2023

SIG SAUER P320 Armorer Certification

SIG SAUER P365 Armorer Certification

Spillman Dispatcher Training

  • Now an online event please contact Michelle Hunt for more information.

Team Two Training

October 4th, 2023 - 8:30-1600 (this is required if you planning on participating in the Washington County CIT Training (October 5, 11, 12)

Alumni Hall, Barre

20 Auditorium Hill

Registration deadline is September 22, 2023.

For more registration information click here.

October 18th, 2023 - 8:30-1600 

Bennington Fire Department Conference Room (upstairs)

130 River Street, Bennington

Registration deadline is October 4, 2023.

For more registration information click here.

November 1st, 2023 - 8:30-1600 

Burlington Electric

585 Pine Street, Burlington

Registration deadline is October 18, 2023.

For more registration information click here.

November 8th, 2023 - 8:30-1600 

Norwich Police Department

10 Hazen Street, Norwich

Registration deadline is November 1, 2023.

For more registration information click here.

Use of Force Instructor School

  • July 10 - 14

VIN Verification