Decertification

Disciplinary Decisions made by the Council

Listed below are the disciplinary decisions made by the VCJTC. These decisions reflect situations where the Council chose to either decertify a law enforcement officer post-certification, or prohibit a person from attending basic training to obtain their certification as a law enforcement officer. These decisions are based upon Council rules as derived from the VT Statutes and referenced below.
 
In accordance with the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council's Rules and Regulations, Council Rule 20 states:
"The Council shall have the authority to revoke the certification of any person for the following reasons:
  1. Conviction of a felony subsequent to certification as a law enforcement officer;
  2. Failure to comply with in-service training requirements after being provided reasonable notice and timeframe for remediation of deficiency;
  3. A finding that the person’s certification was issued as the result of fraud; or,
  4. A finding that the person’s certification was issued as a result of error.
  5. For any other reason for which decertification is specifically authorized by statute."
Additionally, the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) maintain a National Decertification Index (NDI). The purpose of the NDI is to serve as a national registry of certificate or license revocation actions relating to officer misconduct. The records contained in the NDI are provided by participating state government agencies and should be verified with the contributing authority. Inclusion in the database does not necessarily preclude any individual from appointment as an officer. Visit the National Decertification Index here: https://www.iadlest.org/Projects/NDI20.aspx.
 
It is highly recommended that agency heads utilize the National Decertification Index when in the hiring process with an applicant. Any agency head that wishes to, can request access to conduct checks of applicants on the National Decertification Index by following the instructions on the main page of the NDI. An email will automatically be sent to the Executive Director to review and approve the request.
 
In accordance with the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council's Rules and Regulations, Council Rule 3 states:
"All rules, policies, and regulations of the Council shall be made available to each trainee of any training programs prior to enrollment, to each law enforcement agency head, and to the public.  Distribution may be made electronically or in printed form.
Violation of any of the policies or regulations of the Council, while attending training, may be grounds for discipline and/or expulsion from any program conducted by the Council.
 
Expulsion may be imposed on a trainee after receipt of a written notice of violation and a hearing before the Council.  The Executive Director may suspend any trainee from any training program, pending a hearing on expulsion by the Council.
 
Hearings shall be conducted by the Council in accordance with 3 V.S.A. §§ 809, 809a, 809b, and 810.  Hearing decisions shall comply with the requirements of 3 V.S.A. § 812.   Judicial review of the final decisions of the Council is available pursuant to 3 V.S.A. § 815."
Richard B. Gauthier
Executive Director
Vermont Police Academy
317 Academy Road
Pittsford, Vermont 05763
(802) 483-2738
 
Drew  Bloom
Director of Administration and Certification
Vermont Police Academy
317 Academy Road
Pittsford, Vermont 05763
(802) 483-2736
 

The following section lists persons that have been decertified as law enforcement officers in the State of Vermont since June 2013. This list contains their name, the last agency they worked for, the date the Council decertified them as law enforcement officers, and the reason for decertification.

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Name: Carter Jr., Lema

Last Agency Worked for: Pittsford Police Department

Date of Decertification: July 19, 2014

Reason for Decertification: Lema Carter failed to comply with in-service training requirements after being provided reasonable notice and timeframe for remediation of deficiency. See Council Rule 20, section 2.

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Name: Ciotti, Philip J.

Last Agency Worked for: Vermont Department of Health

Date of Decertification: June 3, 2014

Reason for Decertification: Philip Ciotti was convicted of a felony offense subsequent to certification as a law enforcement officer. See Council Rule 20, section 1.

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Name: Deeghan, James P.

Last Agency Worked for: Vermont State Police

Date of Decertification: August 1, 2013

Reason for Decertification: James Deeghan was convicted of a felony offense subsequent to certification as a law enforcement officer. See Council Rule 20, section 1.

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Name: Derocher, Brittany

Sponsoring Agency: Williston Police Department

Date of Council Decision: June 9, 2015

Reason for Council Decision: Recruit Derocher was suspended from the 99th Basic for insubordination by the Executive Director. The Council upheld the suspension and has banned her from attending future basic training programs.

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Name: Emerick, Robert

Last Agency Worked for: Town of Tinmouth

Date of Decertification: July 19, 2014

Reason for Decertification: Robert Emerick failed to comply with in-service training requirements after being provided reasonable notice and timeframe for remediation of deficiency. See Council Rule 20, section 2.

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Name: Garrow, Brent

Last Agency Worked for: Pittsford Police Department

Date of Decertification: June 14, 2016

Reason for Decertification: Brent Garrow failed to comply with in-service training requirements after being provided reasonable notice and timeframe for remediation of deficiency. See Council Rule 20, section 2.

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Name: Harrington, Gary

Last Agency Worked for: Benninton County SD

Date of Decertification: June 9, 2015

Reason for Decertification: Gary Harrington was convicted of a felony offense subsequent to certification as a law enforcement officer. See Council Rule 20, section 1.

 

Name: Heller, Michael

Date of Decertification: June 18, 2015

Reason for Decertification: Michael Heller was convicted of a felony offense subsequent to certification as a law enforcement officer. See Council Rule 20, section 1.

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Name: Kinney, Tyler

Last Agency Worked for: Colchester PD

Date of Decertification: June 9, 2015

Reason for Decertification: Tyler Kinney was convicted of a felony offense subsequent to certification as a law enforcement officer. See Council Rule 20, section 1.

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Name: Lewis, Gregory

Last Agency Worked for: Rutland County Sheriff's Department

Date of Decertification: July 28, 2013

Reason for Decertification: Gregory Lewis failed to comply with in-service training requirements after being provided reasonable notice and timeframe for remediation of deficiency. See Council Rule 20, section 2.

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Name: Markwell Jr., Kenneth

Date of Decertification: June 18, 2015

Reason for Decertification:Kenneth Markwell failed to comply with in-service training requirements after being provided reasonable notice and timeframe for remediation of deficiency. See Council Rule 20, section 2.

 

Name: Moen, Nick

Last Agency Worked for: Grand Isle County SD

Date of Decertification: June 9, 2015

Reason for Decertification: Nick Moen was convicted of a felony offense subsequent to certification as a law enforcement officer. See Council Rule 20, section 1.

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Name: Werner, Leane

Last Agency Worked for: Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Date of Decertification: January 17, 2017

Reason for Decertification: Leane Werner was convicted of a felony offense subsequent to certification as a law enforcement officer. See Council Rule 20, section 1.

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