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Ambush Survival Tactics (previously known as Patrol Tactics "Mindset for Survival")

Ambush Survival Tactics  (previously known as Patrol Tactics "Mindset for Survival")

Presented by Sgt. Ray DeCunto (Ret.) of RAD Training Inc. 

  • Coordinator: Jason Williams
  • Length of course: 24 hours                                                                    
  • Course hours: 31 May – 2 June, 2017: 0800- 1700                                                                                          
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • Tuition: Commuter $504.00 (lunch included), Overnight $582.00
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

This three-day course is for law enforcement officers assigned to uniform patrol.  Classroom training alone is not enough.  Patrol officers need hands on training.  This course is designed with minimal classroom and maximum realistic scenario based training.  The following are topics covered during this training course:

  • Techniques for mental and physical peak performance to win
  • Less lethal and deadly force decision making through scenario based training
  • Dynamic and slow deliberate building clearing techniques
  • Techniques for traffic stops with violent encounters
  • Close quarter shooting tactics
  • Low light movement techniques
  • Ambush tactics
  • Armed suicidal subject encounters; “Suicide by cop”
  • Hostage encounters; containment vs. immediate action
  • Rescue carries and the trauma medical equipment needed
  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care for law enforcement responders

Who should attend: Uniform patrol officers, as well as units within patrol commonly referred to as street crimes and/or violent offender units.  If you are answering calls for service, conducting traffic stops or assigned to investigate crimes involving repeat or violent offenders, then this course is a must for you or your unit.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 8:00am to Friday, June 2, 2017 - 5:00am

Canine Drug Detection School

Canine Drug Detection School

  • Length of Course: 240 hours
  • Course hours: 0800-1600 hrs
  • Location: VT Police Academy
  • Dates:
    • January 9th – February 17th 2017 0800 – 1630 hrs
    • March 6th - April 14th 2017.
  • Tuition:
    • ​Commuting: $590.00
    • Overnight: $1548.00 (includes Equipment Assessment Fee, Facility Use Fees, Meals, Accommodations)
  • Prerequisites:
    • Canine evaluation prior to acceptance into the program. 
    • Handlers required to meet the minimum Police Academy physical fitness requirements (50th percentile).
  • Certifications Available: VCJTC


For further information contact Canine T.C. Bob Ryan.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, April 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

Basic Domestic Violence Training

  • Coordinator: Jenn Firpo
  • Length of course: 8 hours
  • Course hours: 0800 – 1630 hours
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • Dates:
    • Wednesday, April 5, 2017  
    • Monday, June 21, 2017          
    • Wednesday, September 27, 2017   
  • Tuition: None, if initial certification. Repeat/audit - $20.50


 Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

Course Description

Responding to reports of domestic violence continue to pose high risks and deep frustrations to police.

During this training, officers will review and, in the case of a new officer, learn the fundamentals on how to most effectively respond to domestic violence incidents, to include, reviewing:

  • The dynamics of domestic violence
  • Domestic violence related Vermont statutes and relevant case law
  • The investigation and creation of solid domestic violence cases for prosecutorial purposes
  •  Local and state resources for victims/survivors of domestic violence
  •  Dominant aggressor determination
  • Types of Vermont protection orders, their service, and enforcement

This course fulfills the domestic violence training requirement for:

  1. Persons going through the part-time police officer process
  2. Waiver officers.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (A.R.I.D.E.)

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (A.R.I.D.E.)

  • Coordinator: Leslie Bodette
  • Length of course: 16 hours
  • Course hours: 0800 - 1600
  • Dates and Locations:                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    • February 8 & 9 (Location TBD)
    • April 5 & 6 at Lyndon State College, Harvey Academic Center, Room #111, St. Johnsbury
    • June 13 & 14 at the Vermont Fire Academy (on the same property as the Vermont Police Academy)
    • August 22 & 23 at VSP – Westminster barracks  
    • Oct 3 & 4 at Colchester PD
    • Dec 6 & 7 at the Vermont Police Academy
  • Tuition: 
    • Free for all Vermont Officers
    • Tuition for Out of State Officers:
      • $13.00 regionally (lunch is on your own)                                                                                            
      • $48.50 commuting to the VPA (lunch included)                                                                                  
      • $67.00 overnight @ VPA (breakfast, 2 lunches, and dinner included)


Course Description

This course is designed to assist officers in becoming more proficient  detecting and  apprehending,  impaired drivers. Upon completion of this training,  officers will be  capable of detecting impairment caused by substances other than alcohol.  All candidates must currently be actively involved in impaired driving enforcement.

Officers MUST be highly skilled in the administration and interpretation of  SFSTs.  Your proficiency will be tested by certified SFST Instructors.  SFSTs are strongly emphasized and you can expect to increase your skill level in using these tests after taking this course. 

This training is an essential tool for officers dedicated to saving lives by removing impaired drivers from our roads. In addition, knowledge and skills obtained during  A.R.I.D.E.  will facilitate better communication and transfer of critical roadside indicators of impairment to the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) who may be called for a more complete and accurate assessment of impairment. For those considering the pursuit of DRE training, A.R.I.D.E. will serve as a career path step towards achieving that goal

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

Fingerprinting Certification

  • Coordinator: Leslie Bodette
  • Length of course: 4 hours                                                                      
  • Course hours: see below
  • Dates/Times:                                                                                            
    • April 6th 2017: 0800-1130 hours
  • VIN Verification is offered in the afternoon on the same dates and must be registered for separately.
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • Tuition: None, if initial certification. Repeat/audit - $9.00


Fingerprints offer an infallible means of personal identification.  They are used for identification of a person, background checks for employment, documenting criminal records, creating investigative leads, and tying suspects to evidence or crime scenes.

This course is designed to train police officers to properly roll legible fingerprints.  It also provides police officers with the necessary certification to obtain fingerprints from minors as required by statute.  This certification is valid for three years.  See Fingerprint Re-certification for recert processes.

This course has been designed by Vermont Criminal Information Center Identification Section and includes:

An overview of basic fingerprinting classification, the procedure of taking prints, officer safety while printing, how to properly fill out required fingerprint cards, and the life of a fingerprint card.

All students will practice rolling fingerprints under the supervision of trainers.

Rolling a quality set of fingerprint impressions and the successful completion of a written exam are required for certification.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 8:00am to 11:30am

VIN Verification

  • Coordinator: Leslie Bodette
  • Length of course: 4 hours
  • Course hours: see below
  • Dates/Times:                                                                                             
    • April 6th 2017, 1200-1630                                                                                         
  • Fingerprint Certification is offered in the morning on the same dates and must be registered for separately.
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • Tuition: None, if initial certification. Repeat/audit - $19.50
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

It has been said that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the motor vehicle’s equivalent to the human’s DNA.  The VIN’s 17 characters provide vehicle specifications such as where it was manufactured, in what year, the make, model, and body type.  American motor vehicle manufacturers have been using VINs on their cars since 1954, but it was not required on all vehicles by NHTSA until the manufacturing of the 1981 model year.

Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (VT DMV) Inspectors instruct the VIN Verification Course.  Participants who successfully complete this course will be certified by the VT DMV to verify VINs as required by the Agency of Transportation on certain documents.

The skills and knowledge developed in this class will also enhance an officer’s ability to detect stolen vehicles, cloned vehicles and vehicles with altered VINs.

Successful completion of a written examination at the conclusion of the course is required for certification.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:30pm

Use of Force Committee

Use of Force Committee

Meeting Dates:

  • April 12th
  • July 26th
  • October 11th

Coordinated by Jason Williams, 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: Donald Keeler, Sheriff, Addison County Sheriff's Office
  • Vice Chair: Drew Bloom, Captain, VT DMV
  • Scott Fisher, Officer, Middlebury PD
  • Russell Shopland, Warden, VT Dept of FandW
  • Robbie Blish, Chief, Woodstock PD
  • Lianne Tuomey, Chief, UVM Police Services
  • Walter Smith, Lt., VSP
  • Michael Akerlind, Cpl., Colchester PD
  • Matthew Murano, Sgt., Wilmington PD
  • George (Randy) Crowe, Sgt., Bristol PD
  • Randy Lopes, Cpl., Burlington PD
  • Eugene Duplissis Sgt., Vermont State Police
  • Wade Johnson, Vermont Department of Corrections
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (All day)

Crash Investigation for Level-II Officers

  • Coordinator: Leslie Bodette
  • Length of course: 16 hours
  • Course hours: 0800 – 1630 
  • Date:
    • April 12 - 13, 2017 at Vermont State Police – Westminster Barracks
  • Tuition: Commuting - $50.50 (includes materials and lunch), Overnight - $90.50 (Includes materials, lodging, and meals).
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

This fundamental training course will provide the new part-time officer with a familiarization of accident/crash reporting requirements and form completion. A mock scene will be utilized to demonstrate the measurement and diagramming techniques. Additional scene management will emphasize traffic control, preservation of evidence and witness identification.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 4:30pm


Date: April 12th, 2017

  • Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Manchester Public Safety Facility, Conference Room. 6041 Main Street Manchester Center, VT
  • Cost: FREE with food/breaks provided
  • Registration: Please complete this form and return it to Kristin Chandler by email at

The Team Two curriculum focuses on collaboration between law enforcement, police dispatchers and mobile mental health crisis teams in the field.  Legal updates, mock scenarios, a panel presentation, regional resources and practical tips comprise this training.   Completion of ACT 80 (Working with Persons with a Mental Illness) is a pre-requisite for law enforcement officers.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

SIG SAUER Police Pistol Course

  • Coordinator:  Jason Williams
  • Length of Course: 8 hours (1 day)
  • Course hours:  0800 - 1700
  • Date: Two separate classes are being scheduled back to back.  17 April, 2017 and 18 April, 2017.  This is a one day course.
  • Location:  Vermont Police Academy Firearms Range
  • Tuition: 
    • SIG Sauer tuition, payable directly to SIG is $255
    • Academy fees (includes lunch) is $19.50 which will be billed separately by the  Academy
  • Registration:  SIG Sauer is handling all registrations for this course.  Please contact them at 603-610-3400 to register.

Course description:

This one day pistol course offered by SIG Sauer is designed to enhance the pistol handling skills for law enforcement officers.  SIG Sauer has provided excellent training for law enforcement officers around the State of Vermont since they began coming here a couple of years ago.  The extremely high level of quality training they provide is why we keep inviting them back here year after year.  We are striving at the academy to bring a wider and more well-rounded variety of firearms training options for law enforcement in the area.  This class is promised to carry on that same quality of training we have come to expect from SIG. 

SIG’s website describes the content of this class as follows:

 Designed to help law enforcement officers improve their pistol handling skills and qualification scores, this all range time, no frills course offers intensive hands-on training and pistol drills to maximize accuracy, speed, and performance.

The course requirements, directly from SIG Sauer’s website:


Law enforcement, military, and credentialed armed professionals only. Call for clarification.


Course Outline 

  • Foundational skill review
  • Static shooting drills
  • Positional shooting
  • Barricade/use of cover
  • Reloads and malfunction drills
  • Dynamic shooting drills
  • Transitions

Required Equipment 

  • Duty pistol in one of the following calibers: 9MM, .357SIG, .40S&W, or .45ACP
  • 3 magazines minimum
  • Belt mounted, dominant side concealment holster or duty rig
  • Magazine pouches
  • Sturdy belt at least 1.5” wide
  • Concealment jacket or vest (optional)
  • Footwear suitable for rapid movement and turning
  • Casual, comfortable civilian clothing suitable for training in any weather (unless training in duty uniform)
  • Hydration system
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Hat with a brim
  • Wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses or non-shattering prescription glasses
  • Earmuffs and earplugs


  • Estimated round count: 500 rounds pistol

Please sign up early as this class will fill up fast.  Students must bring their own ammunition.  Ammunition is no longer available for purchase at the academy.

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 8:00am to 5:00pm


Contact Information

Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council
317 Academy Road - Main Building
Pittsford, VT 05763
Phone: 802.483.6228
Fax: 802.483.2343

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