Conferences and Workshops

Please Note: The Academy assists other organizations by advertising their conferences, workshops, and other training programs on this webpage.  However, one should not assume that the Academy is endorsing programs listed here, nor are we responsible for the training or registration unless otherwise noted.  Please read the training descriptions carefully for more information! Thank you!

State Conferences and Workshops


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A.L.I.C.E Training

In June of 2013, the Federal Department of Education significantly changed the recommended guidelines for how schools should prepare, train, and respond to an active shooter situation.  
The Burlington Police Department embraces this standard of care and will be hosting Active Shooter Certification Training (ALICE Training) on June 26 & 27, 2018 at the Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermont. This certification is a two day train-the-trainer class on active shooter response management.  

ALICE – Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate – is a set of proactive strategies that moves beyond lockdown and increases the chance of survival during a violent intruder event. ALICE is supported by more than 700 law enforcement agencies around the country and complies with the new standard of care recently developed by the Federal Department of Education, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security
(DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
ALICE isn’t only for school personnel. Anyone who works with the public can benefit from ALICE training. Attendees range from first responders, business owners, and health professionals.
Please visit to learn more about the Department of Education’s guidelines on active shooter situations. 


The purpose of advanced ALICE training is to educate local and school-based law enforcement, as well as church, hospital, and workplace administrators and safety professionals about our researched-based, proactive response approach to Violent Intruder events.

The ALICE training program is designed to supplement current "Lock-down" or "Secure-in-Place" procedures used frequently in our public schools and institutions. Tragic historic events have dictated the need of enhanced response options to increase chances of surviving a horrific event.

Program Topic Areas Include:

Policy and Procedures Review

• Instruction on key components of an organized and thoughtful Active Shooter Emergency Operations
Plan with emphasis on Survival Strategies.
• Elicit Active Shooter Readiness Status of their specific institutions, and determine where their
strength and weaknesses lie.
•      Distinguish between high and low priority issues when advising policy and procedure

Infrastructure Design

•     Recognize potential Safety Hazards in building design.
•     Design room layouts with priority on Active Shooter defense.
•     Understand immediate methods to improve infra-structure hazards.

Proactive Use of Technology

•     Current technology resources available to enhance building/occupant safety.
•     Current accepted practices utilizing technology in building/occupant safety.
•     Discuss proactive uses of technology for building/occupant safety by interfering with intruder's
       ability to locate targets.
•     Review case studies of past events to determine functionality of technology usage.

Practical Scenario Training

•     Conduct practical scenario training in order to experience, visualize, and reinforce course

Community Resource Assistance

•     Locate and elicit community assistance before, during, and after event.
•     Demonstrate ability to locate Community Rally Points.
•     Discuss potential Community Partners, and the assistance they can provide.
•     How to liaison with other local government agencies.

Mass Evacuations

•     Discuss Rapid Mass Evacuation plans.
• Discuss tactical advantages associated with maintaining distance vs. securing-in- place and/or
•      Identify non-conventional methods of mobilizing large numbers of people.

Lesson Preparation

• Participants will be required to build and present a 10 minute presentation to demonstrate
material comprehension.
•      Review and Exam

Center Mass: Patrol Rifle Instructor

The course runs May 7-11, 2018. This 5-day, 40+ hr course is $699 per student.

DESCRIPTION: This school teaches the student how to instruct basic rifle marksmanship and officer survival tactics for the patrol environment. Students should already be proficient in the weapons they use and should be a firearms instructor or tactical team member. 

Each graduate will be able to make recommendations to their department on deployment, equipment, tactics, and policy issues. Every graduate will be proficient in various methods of instruction, the weapons use from various shooting positions and ranges from contact to 100 yards. Further, students are exposed to night fire evolutions, moving targets, multiple adversaries, and engagement through intermediate barriers. 

Students should be in good physical condition to attend this course.

STANDARDS: This course it is performance based and requires students to pass a written examination, our qualification course of fire and an assigned project.

EQUIPMENT: Rifle with a sling (.223 caliber – Pistol grade carbines will not pass this course), at least two magazines and 1,500 rounds of rifle ammunition. Iron sights are recommended as learning how to zero metallic sights is a course objective. Combat optics are permissible. Bipods are not permissible. Students should pack a lunch for each day and bring plenty of water, as well as clothing appropriate for environmental conditions, eyes, ears, personal body armor & cleaning equipment to include rod, bore brush, patches, & solvent. Finally, a pistol belt and duty handgun with 200 rounds of ammunition is required for transition evolutions of fire.

LODGING: Hampton Inn 51 Hannaford Square, Bennington, VT 05201 802-440-9862   room rate is $104.00, plus taxes. The room fee includes free breakfast each morning. When calling request the preferred room rate for the PATROL RIFLE INSTRUCTOR COURSE. 

Visit thier website for more information and registration information.

Center Mass:Patrol Rifle Instructor RE-CERTIFICATION

DESCRIPTION: Current patrol rifle and tactical rifle instructors can re-certify their qualification by attending this refresher course. Students are brought up to date on new technical, tactical, instructional and legal information. This course requires that the student demonstrate the ability to safely run the range, teach impromptu classes, and pass CMI’s patrol rifle instructor written exam and qualification course of fire.

Students who are not CMI graduates must present a certificate showing that they graduated from a recognized training entity as a patrol rifle, carbine, or tactical rifle instructor school within the last 3 years.

EQUIPMENT: Patrol rifle w/sling, at least two rifle magazines, 250 rounds of rifle ammunition, clothing for weather conditions, personal body armor, wrap around eye protection, double hearing protection, cleaning gear, and your duty belt to include your duty pistol w/ 50 rounds of ammunition.

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Tkac.

Visit thier website for more information and registration information.

Police Response to Active Shooter Instructor Certification

Innovative tactics and tried-and-true techniques are the hallmark of this course which is designed for individuals assigned the responsibility to teach police and SWAT personnel in immediate deployment/rapid intervention techniques. This is a train-the-trainer course. Topics to be covered include an historical overview of active shooter situations including school shootings, immediate deployment/rapid intervention tactics, barricade-hostage rescue concepts and instructional techniques. Simunitions weapons will be used in field training exercises.

Upon completion of this course the attendee will be familiar with:

1. Appropriate instructional methods and principles for training law enforcement personnel in an adult learning environment.
2. Expectations and roles of instructors for effective learning.
3. Identifying and developing appropriate force-on-force scenario based training.
4. Appropriate safety protocols for conducting force-on-force training and understanding the dangers associated with training.
5. The role of command in creating safe and effective training.
6. Equipment and training needs for conducting effective active shooter training.
7. Prior active shooter incidents and lessons learned.
8. Basic operational methods of common improvised explosive devices (IED’s)
9. Basic IED indicators
10. Tactical options when encountering IED’s
11. Appropriate active shooter response tactics.
12. The priorities of life.


1. Students will be able to identify and demonstrate appropriate instructional methods for training law enforcement personnel.
2. Students will be able to identify and demonstrate appropriate safety protocols for conducting Force-On-Force training.
3. Students will be able to discuss prior active shooter incidents and explain lessons learned from each.
4. Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate Active Shooter Response tactics and Hostage/Barricade tactics for initial first responders.

Download the course flyer for a day to day agenda and more information.

IPMBA Police Cyclist Course – University of Vermont (UVM) Police Services

  • Tuesday, May 29th 2018 — Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Course Location/Facility Name: University of Vermont (UVM) Police Services
  • Address:  284 East Avenue, Burlington, VT 05458
  • Fee: $400.00 per officer (certification fee included in registration)
  • Questions or to Register: Please contact Bill Laramee at
    •  Prerequisites: Law enforcement officers; college public safety officers, military police, basic bicycle-handling skills; good physical condition
    • Required Equipment: Police Cyclist Course Equipment List

  • Questions related to lodging: Please contact Leslie Bodette at
  • Registration Deadline: Friday May 18, 2018


Be prepared for the street! This essential training combines Emergency Vehicle Operations for bike officers with patrol procedures, tactics, night operations, scenarios, and basic bike maintenance and on-the-road repairs. Learn to ride like a pro, avoid crashes, and use your bike to foil the bad guys every time.

Testing Procedure: Written and practical

Certification: IPMBA Police Cyclist Certification is available to licensed law enforcement officers who successfully complete the practical test, earn a score of 76% or better on the written test, become members of IPMBA, and submit applications for certification accompanied by the appropriate fee.

TASER Instructor Course


  • When:  Friday, May 11th, 2018   0800 to 1700 hours
  • Where:  Rutland City Police Department 108 Wales St. Rutland VT 05701       
  • Contact:  Charles Whitehead 802-417-1504,
  • Trainer:  Master Instructor Bryan Smith
  • Registration: register online at  contact Sergeant Charles Whitehead at the Rutland City Police Department with any questions. 
    • All registration for this course closes 21 days in advance, unless it becomes full earlier.  Payment is required to be received 21 days before the training dates.  If not received, the student will automatically be canceled from the course.
    • Click here for registration instructions



  • DATE: Friday –April 13th, 2018
  • TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • LOCATION: Lamoille County Mental Health, 72 Harrel Street, Morrisville.
  • COST: FREE with food/breaks provided
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 2nd, 2018
  • DATE: Friday – April 27th, 2018
  • TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • LOCATION: Hartford Police Department. 812 Cutoff Road, Hardford, VT
  • COST: FREE with food/breaks provided
  • DATE: Wednesday – May 16th, 2018
  • TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • LOCATION: South Burlington Police Department, 19 Gregory Drive
  • COST: FREE with food/breaks provided


Traffic Incident Management



Traffic incident management is the process of coordinating the resources of a number of different public and private sector partners to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents as quickly as possible to reduce the duration and impacts of incidents, while protecting the safety of on-scene responders and the traveling public.

The training addresses all aspects of incident response, from the moment the first emergency call is made to the correct positioning of response vehicles and equipment, to a safe work area using traffic control devices, to final scene clearance.

The four-hour, in-person training brings police, firefighters, DOT, towing, medical personnel, and other incident responders together to foster relationships and engage in interactive training. They learn how to work together in a coordinated manner, from the moment the first emergency call is made to final scene clearance.

To find dates and times for Traffic Incident Management courses check the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security training calander

National White Collar Crime Center Online Courses

Visit the National White Collar Crime Center Website

Economic Crime Foundation Series (ECFS), NW3C's first complete Online Distance Learning Program

The Economic Crime Foundation Series (ECFS), consists of five self-paced introductory level courses

  • Introduction to White Collar Crime
  • Elder Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Disaster Fraud
  • Money Laundering


The Summit: Center for State Employee Development

Visit The Summit Website

The Vermont Department of Human Resources' "The Summit: Center for State Employee Development"  has openings in many of its courses covering a wide range of professional development, leadership, and health and wellness topics. Grant writing, facilitation, performance measurement, systems thinking, and emotional intelligence are among the many offerings. Many courses are free, although a fee is charged for some. The Summit is located in the Osgood Building, Waterbury State Office Complex, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT. Check out their website for more information.

Verbal Defense & Influence:

A Pre-planned Approach to Manage the Spectrum of Conflict

In partnership with the University of Vermont Police

Topics Include:

  • Prevent & Mitigate Violence
  • Control Crisis Response & Aggression
  • De-Escalate Anger & Resistance
  • Avert Verbal & Physical Attacks

What is VDI: Verbal Defense & Influence (VDI) is specialized communication training that covers non-escalation (conflict prevention), de-escalation and crisis intervention strategies.
Why: Building expertise in conflict management is essential in these times of intense public scrutiny across all industries. Potentially dangerous or volatile conflicts in the workplace are not confined to law enforcement practitioners. And they never look good on YouTube.
Conflict scenarios can arise between an organization and its clients, between departments, among team members or between supervisors and employees. An employee who receives VDI training is equipped to better manage conflict and communicate under pressure.
Use of VDI tactics has been proven to reduce complaints, as well as liability and injuries, while at the same time, improving team performance, morale and overall safety.
VDI has long been a tool used by law enforcement to assist officers in de-escalating a situation – keeping it from spiraling out of control. Our instructors, all with lifetime backgrounds in law enforcement, have taught VDI worldwide to help organizations manage conflict in the real world.
Contact the Host Lt. Robert W. Stebbins, II | 802-863-4341 |
Contact the Venue: Nick Lemon: 802-656-2027 |
Contact Vistelar: Via email or call us 877-690-8230

This 1-day course covers non-escalation (conflict prevention), de-escalation and crisis intervention tactics — but not physical alternative tactics (control, stabilization, non-lethal/lethal weapons). The training is focused on the point of impact — the short period of time when a disagreement or insult can escalate to conflict and on to emotional and/or physical violence.

The material in this course is the subject of four published books in Vistelar's Confidence in Conflict series and has been taught by Vistelar's trainers for over three decades. The program's structured framework makes it easy to learn, remember and apply -- and simple to teach.

The course uses a "fire drill vs. fire talk" approach to training to ensure students develop the knowledge, skill and ability to manage real conflict in the real world. Class time emphasizes student interaction, scenario-based skill practice (using a proprietary video recording/review technology), analysis of real-life events captured on video and memorable stories ("peace stories").

This course is designed for "conflict professionals" in law enforcement, corrections, healthcare (patient care and security), education, security and loss prevention, public transit, EMS/fire, utilities, customer service and the military — and is taught by professional trainers with extensive law enforcement backgrounds.



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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