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, August 4, 2015   
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015  

Tuition:   $31.00

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.

Death Investigation

Coordinator: Cindy Taylor-Patch
Length of course: 40 hours
Course hours: 0800 - 1630 hours
Dates: August 17 -21, 2015
Location: Vermont Fire Academy

Tuition: $64.50 for commuters (includes lunch), $220.50 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. Full-time certification and at least 3 years of experience are required


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 hazmat 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.



Fingerprinting Certification

Coordinator: Sara Couture

Length of course: 4 hours                                                                       

Course hours: see below


  • September 1, 2015: 0800-1130 hours
  • May 28th 2015 0800-1200 hours - Post Basic limited seating

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

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.

Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (P.A.C.E.)

Length of course: 5 days
Course hours: 0830-1630
Location:  Vermont Police Academy
  • September 28 – October 2, 2015
Tuition: Commuting: $106; Overnight: $262
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: Robert Ryan
Length of course: 3 hours

Tuition: FREE

Date and Location:

  • July 27th 2015, 13:30 - 16:30.
  • November 11th 2015 13:00 - 16:00

This course meets the requirements of 20 V.S.A. 2365(a) for all part-time officers who attended Phase I after the law was enacted (May 23, 2013) 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.