Investigations Track


Basic Crime Scene Investigation

Coordinator:  TJ Anderson

Length of course:   7.5 hours
Course hours:  0830 – 1630 hours
Location:  Vermont Police Academy



  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016  
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016   
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuition:  None, if initial certification. Repeat/audit - $28.50

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

Minimum number to hold class:  15
Maximum number in class:  25

Physical evidence is not subjective.  It does not lie, forget, or distort.

Thorough crime scene investigation is vitally important to effective law enforcement.  The purpose of this course of instruction is to provide police officers with instruction on the awareness, documentation, preservation and collection of physical evidence and basic crime scene processing procedures.


The course will cover information outlined in the Physical Evidence Handbook published by the Vermont Forensic Laboratory, as well as, other information obtained from training aids and hands on practical exercises.


By the end of the class, each officer will have to demonstrate that they can perform a number of skills, to include, dust for and lift developed latent prints, swab for biological collection purposes, make a cast of a tool/tool mark impression, and make a tire and/or foot wear impression using dental stone.


NOTE: This is a “hands-on” training.  Students should wear appropriate clothing that they do not mind possibly getting dirty.  Students will also be going outside and thus should prepare to dress accordingly.

Fingerprinting Certification

Coordinator: Sara Couture

Length of course: 4 hours                                                                       

Course hours: see below


  • November 24, 0800-1200 hours - Limited to the 100th Basic Recruits Only (Post Basic training)

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 - $9.50.

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

Minimum number to hold a class: 10
Maximum number in class: 30

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

Fingerprinting Re-certification

Police officers are required by Vermont State statute to be re-certified every 3 years in order to take fingerprints from minors in a voluntary identification program.

The process for recertification is as follows:

  1. The recertifying officer must send a set of fingerprints s/he has taken to TC Sara Couture at 317 Academy Road, Pittsford, VT 05765. The fingerprints should be on an applicant card and must be ink fingerprints.
  2. VCIC will critique the fingerprints.
  3. If the fingerprints meet all requirements, the officer will receive a new certification card.
  4. If the fingerprints do not meet requirements, the officer will have to re-take the Basic Fingerprinting Certification Course offered quarterly (See the already scheduled dates for Fingerprinting Certification).

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Couture @ (802)483-2739 or

Search & Rescue

Search & Rescue

Coordinator: Robert Ryan
Length of course: 3 hours


  • November 4, 2015   13:00 - 16:00
  • Monday, March 21, 2016  0830 – 1130             
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016  0830 – 1130                     
  • Monday, October 3, 2016  0830 – 1130             


Location: Vermont Police Academy

Tuition: FREE

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


As of July 1, 2013 all new police officers are statutorily required to have “search and rescue training approved by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council and the Vermont Search and Rescue Council” (Title 20 VSA § 2365(a)).  

It is not uncommon for law enforcement officers in Vermont to become involved in search and rescue operations.  During this class Vermont Search and Rescue Coordinator, Neil Van Dyke, delivers a basic level of training on how to effectively initiate a search for a person missing or lost in the Vermont backcountry.  He also informs Vermont officers of their obligations under the law regarding search and rescue operations and what specialized resources are available in the state.

This class also includes a brief presentation by a certified Vermont police canine officer on how to most effectively use the State of Vermont’s police canine teams in an agency’s search and rescue operation. 


NOTE: Fair and Impartial Policing, another statutorily required class for new officers, is offered in the morning on the same dates of Search and Rescue.  It must be registered for separately.