Investigations Track

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

Coordinator: Sara Couture
Length of course: 16 hours
Course hours: 0900 - 1600
Dates and Locations:
  • April 29-30, 2014 - VSP St. Albans Barracks
  • June 17-18, 2014 - Vermont Police Academy
  • September 16-17, 2014 - St. Johnsbury PD
  • November 3-4, 2014 - Hartford PD
  • VPA Locations: Commute: $39.50; Overnight: $75.00(includes materials and lunch)
  • Off Campus Locations: $13.50 off campus (includes materials).
Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at
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.

Crash Investigation for Part-Time Officers - Basic Level

Coordinator: Sara Couture
Length of course: 16 hours
Course hours: 0800 - 1630
Date: June 5-6, 2014
Location: VSP Barracks-Williston

Tuition: $15.00, includes materials.  Lunch is on your own.

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.

Basic Crime Scene Investigation

Coordinator:  TJ Anderson
Length of course:   7.5 hours
Course hours:  0830 – 1630 hours
Location:  Vermont Police Academy
  • June 24, 2014
  • September 30, 2014
  • December 16, 2014
Tuition:   $29.00
Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

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.

Crime Assessment

Length of Course: 3 days
Course Hours: Days 1 & 2: - 0900 - 1600, Day 3: 0900 - End of case review.
Location: Norwich University, Northfield, VT
Dates: April 21-23, 2014
Tuition: Free
Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at
Join Norwich University and the Northfield, VT Police Department for three days of training in crime assessment with internationally-known crime assessment expert and forensic psychologist, Richard Walter, and Cyber criminologist, Peter Stephenson, PhD.
Day 1 & Morning Day 2:
This 10 hour course will focus upon the crime scene as the pivotal center point of the investigation.  Unlike the behavioral projection used in profiling, crime assessment capitalizes upon the presence/absence of evidence to inform the investigator about the most efficient protocol  determining what happened and who did it.   
Among the tools available to the investigator, there will be 4 major sub-types of crime that can give direction toward motive, method and opportunity.  The presentation will illustrate concepts for non-sexual and sexual crimes with an emphasis on violent crime.  There will be multiple case examples and videos.  
Note: These sessions will be restricted only to LE attendees.   
Afternoon Day 2:
his segment of the course will deal with several diverse subjects.  Dr. Peter Stephenson will present relevant material regarding Cybercrime and the nexus with physical crime.   
The second presentation will be "Mental Illness versus Criminal Behavior”.  
Note:   This afternoon session will be opened to LE attendee's and  Criminal Justice students from the various related fields.
Day 3:
This day is devoted to presentation of cases by attending LE Investigators.  This closed session (law enforcement only) will allow discussion of the case materials amongst the attendees in light of the investigative experience in the room, and learning from the course amongst the attendees. 

Death Investigation

Coordinator: Cindy Taylor-Patch
Length of course: 40 hours
Course hours: 0800 - 1630 hours
Dates: November 3 – 7, 2014
Location: Vermont Fire Academy
Tuition: $48 for commuters (includes lunch), $190 for attendees staying overnight (includes lodging and all meals)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the subject material the class contains graphic content.  This course is limited to sworn law enforcement officers ONLY who have been designated by their agency to conduct death investigations.
Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

“Few things in our democracy are as important as ensuring that citizens have confidence in their institutions in a crisis.  For many individuals the death of a loved one is just such a crisis.  Ensuring that the proper steps and procedures are taken at the scene of that death to reassure family members that the death was a natural one, a suicide, or a homicide is a key element in maintaining citizen confidence in local officials.”              
                                                                    - Jeanne M. Adkins
                                                                      Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator
                                                                      U.S. Department of Justice.
This 40-hour course is designed to provide basic information for officers who are new to, or who want to learn more about, death investigation.

Topics in this course of instruction include:
  • The manner, mechanism and cause of deaths
  •  A review of various types of deaths
  • Autopsy and role of, and interfacing, with the Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Bloodstain Evidence
  • Fire related deaths and haz-mat concerns
  • Missing person’s investigations
  • Child and infant Deaths
  • Major crime investigation and evidence
  • Computer forensic analysis and death investigations
  • Case reviews
  • And much more.
Instructors for this course included members of the Office of the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner as well as Vermont State Detectives, members of the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Wardens.

Eyewitness Identification Best Practices

Coordinator:  Sara Couture
Length of Course: 4 hours
Course hours: 1200 – 1600 hours
Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • July 7, 2014                           
  • October 13, 2014              
  • December 17, 2014  
Fair and Impartial Policing is offered in the morning on the same dates.  It must be registered for separately.

Tuition: $14.00 (lunch not included) 
Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

NOTE:  If you have registered for Fair and Impartial Policing in the morning, lunch will be provided for an additional fee of $8.00.
Scientists and psychologists have long believed that the ability of eyewitnesses to recognize offenders was overstated.  In recent years, due to the advent of DNA technology, nearly 300 prisoners have been exonerated for crimes they did not commit.  Over 75% had been convicted, at least in part, based on mistaken identifications by witnesses.  While the police in most of these cases did nothing wrong, it is clear that improved training and the adoption of modern procedures can decrease the likelihood of wrongful convictions while at the same time making officers better investigators.
The Eyewitness Identification course being offered at the Vermont Police Academy will provide officers with science-based information about memory and the variables that affect eyewitness recall.  Modern procedures recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice and experts in the field will be explained and demonstrated.  Officers who attend the course will leave with an enhanced understanding of eyewitness memory and a working knowledge of the latest in police procedure.

Fingerprinting Certification

Coordinator: Sara Couture
Length of course: 4 hours     
Course hours: see below
Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • May 29, 2014: 0800-1200 hours (Post Basic, Limited Seating)
  • May 29, 2014: 1230-1630 hours (Post Basic, Limited Seating)
  • October 28, 2014: 0800-1130 hours

VIN Verification is offered in the afternoon on the same dates and must be registered for separately.

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
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

Length of course: 1 hour
Course hours: By appointment scheduled each hour on the hour from 0800 to 1600 hrs.
Date: By appointment.
Location: Hartford Police Department (Other regional trainings will be posted on the VCJTC web site as scheduled.)
Tuition: none

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


Officers are required by State statute to be re-certified every 3 years to take prints of minors. This course meets this requirement. VCIC has eliminated the mailing in of fingerprint cards for re-certification and are requiring officers to roll fingerprints in the presence of their certifying official. VCIC will also conduct familiarization with the AFIS system at this training. Certification cards will be issued upon successful completion of classifiable prints.

John E. Reid & Associates-Interview and Interrogation

Coordinator:  Sara Couture
Length of Course:  28 hours
Course hours:  0800-1500
Date/Location:  May 13-16, 2014 @ the Vermont Fire Academy
Tuition:  The cost of this course is a sliding scale dependent upon the number of attendees:
  • 20 students:  $861.00 Commuting/ $967.50 Overnight 
  • 30 students:  $585.00 Commuting/ $691.50 Overnight
  • 40 students:  $446.50 Commuting/ $553.00 Overnight 

** Overnight space is limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis**

Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at
More than 500,000 professionals in the law enforcement and security fields have attended this three day program since it was first offered in 1974. Participants include all levels of law enforcement and government (from every U.S. State and Canadian Province, as well as countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East) as well as retail, finance, health care, manufacturing, gaming, education, etc.
  • Interview and Interrogation Preparation
  • Distinction Between an Interview and Interrogation
  • Proper Room Environment
  • Factors Affecting a Subject’s Behavior
  • Evaluating Nonverbal Behavior
  • Evaluating Verbal Behavior
  • Evaluating Paralinguistic Behavior
  • Reid Behavioral Analysis Interview™
  • The Baiting Technique
  • Analyzing Factual Information Prior to the Interview
  • Asking Behavior Provoking Questions
  • The Positive Confrontation
  • Theme Development
  • Handling Denials
  • Overcoming Objections
  • Procuring and Retaining the Suspect's Attention
  • Handling the Suspect's Passive Mood
  • Presenting an Alternative Question
  • Detailing the Offense
  • Elements of Oral and Written Statements

Length of course: 5 days
Course hours: 0830-1630
Location:  Vermont Police Academy
  • April 21 – 25, 2014
  • September 22 – 26, 2014
Tuition: Commuting: $85; Overnight: $167
Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at
Pre-requisites: This course is designed for, and taught to full-time certified police professionals who have AT LEAST three years of full-time uniformed patrol experience.
The Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (P.A.C.E.) Course consists of classroom instruction and practical application of motor vehicle enforcement techniques. These techniques will greatly enhance the officers’ ability to observe, identify, articulate and intercept criminal activity within their specific patrol areas.
Highlights of the topics included in this course include, but are not limited to:
  1. Interviewing techniques
  2. Review of applicable Vermont state and federal case law
  3. Overview to the Drug Recognition Expert program
  4. Enforcement methods – professionalism during the stop, officer safety, pat downs, consent to search, exit orders, MVR use.
  5. Non verbal communication clues – detecting deception, officer safety concerns & criminal activity
  6. Post interdiction & asset seizure – documentation, court room testimony, seizure and evidence processing
  7. Criminal Trends
  8. Terrorism trends
  9. Contraband concealment methods
  10. Drug/Drug paraphernalia identification
  11. Profiling – why this practice is unacceptable
  12. Supervisory concerns

Search & Rescue

Coordinator: Cindy Taylor-Patch
Length of course: 3 hours
Course hours: 1200 - 1500
Date: May 14, 2014
Location: Vermont Police Academy
Tuition: FREE
This course meets the requirements of 20 V.S.A. 2365(a) for all part-time certified officers and out-of-state waiver officers. Click here to view the statute.
Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

Course Description:
It is not uncommon for law enforcement officers in Vermont to become involved in search and rescue operations.  Vermont statutes require a base level of training for all newly certified officers. This session, taught by VT Search and Rescue Coordinator Neil VanDyke, will inform you of your obligations under the law, explain what specialized resources are available in the state, and give you a base level of training on how to effectively initiate a search for a person missing or lost in the Vermont backcountry.  K9 Trainer Bob Ryan will review what the Vermont Police canine teams are trained to do and how they can be best used.

VIN Verification

Coordinator: Sara Couture
Length of course: 4 hours
Course hours: see below
  • May 29, 2014: 1230-1630 hours (Post Basic, limited seating)
  • May 29, 2014: 0800-1200 hours (Post Basic, limited seating)
  • October 28, 2014: 1200-1600 hours
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 - $16.00
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.