Professional Development and Leadership

Current Classes

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 at Vermont Police Academy
  • 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

  • Coordinator: Cindy Taylor-Patch
  • Length of course: 1 Day (8 hours)
  • Course hours: 0800 – 1630
  • Dates/Locations:
    • May 11th, 0830 - 1630, at the Vergennes Fire Department
  • Tuition: Free
  • Registration:

Eventbrite - Interacting with People Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

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

Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO)

  • Length of course: 124 hours (three one week sessions plus a 3 hour orientation)
  • Course hours: 0800-1600
  • Location:  Vermont Fire Academy
  • Dates:
    •  LPO #13 Fall 2017
      • Orientation:  August 7, 2017 (0900 - 1300)
      • Week 1: August 28 - September 1 (0800  - 1630 Monday - Thursday) (0800 - 1200 Friday)
      • Week 2: October 2 - 6 (0800  - 1630 Monday - Thursday) (0800 - 1200 Friday)
      • Week 3: October 30 - November 3 (0800  - 1630 Monday - Friday)
  • Tuition:
    • None
    • Meals and lodging are the responsibility of the sponsoring agency
    • Overnight lodging will be available at the VPA but will be limited.
    • Anyone needing overnight accommodations is asked to email Steven Coote ASAP for planning and availability purposes.


Members wishing to attend need to obtain permission through their Chain of Command and forward all registration requests to Steven Coote.

Documents to be Submitted
  1. Letter of support from Agency Head outlining benefit to applicant and agency.
  2. Completed Academy in-service training application.

Course Description

In partnership with our allied agencies at the VT State Police, Burlington PD and Colchester PD, the VCJTC is pleased to announce the Spring and Fall 2017 LPO courses in Vermont.

The LPO program is an intensive three-week leadership training course based upon the West Point Leadership model. The LPO program was adapted to policing by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Week 1 material focuses on individuals – as a leader as well as the individuals whom the leader supervises. Week 2 material focuses on team dynamics and development. Week 3 material focuses on organizations – to include recognizing and adapting to influences from outside of as well as inside the organization.

Course material is presented in a mix of classroom, small group discussion and hands-on scenario applications. Leaders who attend should come prepared to be fully engaged and can expect approximately two hours of homework and reading to prepare for each day of class. Each group of leaders attending the class will be expected to present a 30-minute presentation at the end of Week 3 on a contemporary issue in policing. These presentations will be presented to both classmates as well as police leaders from throughout Vermont.

Highlights of the topics to be covered in this class include:

  • Individual Differences 
  • Attribution Theory
  • Equity Theory
  • Expectancy Theory
  • Effective Followership
  • Group Development
  • Group Cohesion
  • Conflict Management
  • Social Exchange Theory
  • Organizational Systems
  • Organizational Culture
  • Leading Change


“The LPO program is one of the best investments we can offer to our current and future leaders. I would encourage all Law Enforcement agencies in our state to support and partake in this nationally recognized leadership training.”

Col. Tom L’Esperance, VT State Police

For further information regarding the class, please email Sgt. Steven Coote or call 802-388-4919.

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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