Investigations Track

 

Animal Cruelty Investigation – Level II                                                                

Coordinator: TJ Anderson

Length of course: 7 hours

Course hours: 0830 – 1630 hours

Location: Vermont Police Academy

Date:  September 11, 2015          

Tuition: $20.00

Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at gail.williams@vermont.gov

 

Minimum number to hold class: 10

Maximum number in class: 35

 

To attend this class: You must have attended a prior workshop on investigating animal cruelty in Vermont, sponsored by either the Vermont Humane Federation’s Animal Cruelty Response Coalition   Attendance of the Vermont Police Academy’s “Animal Cruelty Investigation – Level I” (being offered September 2, 2015) meets this requirement.

 

This advanced workshop on animal cruelty investigations will focus on more specialized topics in animal cruelty investigation, including:

  • Animal husbandry practices: walking the fine line between education and seizure;
  • Working with the Agency of Agriculture on livestock complaints;
  • The investigation of equine cruelty complaints;
  • Animal hoarding: handling large-scale animal cruelty investigations.
  • Handling wildlife cruelty complaints

 

Participants must bring with them their Animal Cruelty Investigation Manual.  

 

Please Note: Persons who currently own the "Animal Cruelty Investigator’s Manual” (1st , 2nd or 3rd edition) and are interested in purchasing the newly released 4th edition of this manual... please indicate so when registering.  Manual cost is $35.00.


Animal Cruelty Investigation – Level III  

Coordinator: TJ Anderson

Length of course: 7 hours

Course hours: 0830 – 1630 hours

Date:  September 18, 2015

Location: Forget-Me-Not Farm, Tinmouth, Vermont*

Tuition: $18.50 (lunch provided)

Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at gail.williams@vermont.gov

Minimum number to hold class: 10

Maximum number in class: 35

To attend this class: You must have attended a Level I and Level II Animal Cruelty Investigation course presented by the Vermont Humane Federation’s Animal Cruelty Response Coalition.   Level I is being offered September 2, 2015 and Level II is being offered September 11, 2014.

This hands-on workshop will build on the information presented during the Level I and Level II workshops, by having participants use the skills and techniques they learned in the classroom in a real-life setting. Forget-me-Not Farm will serve as the host for a mock “crime scene” involving large animals. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Practice their interview techniques, report-writing and evidence gathering skills in a group setting;
  • Become more comfortable with handling equines by approaching and leading live animals;
  • Use body scoring techniques in order to assist in determining animal health. 

Participants must bring with them their Animal Cruelty Investigation manual.  

Please Note: Persons who currently own the "Animal Cruelty Investigation Manual”, 1st or 2nd or 3rd edition, and are interested in purchasing the newly released 4th edition of this manual... please indicate so when registering.  Manual cost is $20.00.

 

*Directions to Forget-Me-Not Farm, 12 McNamara Road, Tinmouth, VT:

From the North:  Route 7 South to Wallingford VT. Take route 140 West (right turn) at the traffic light and follow 140 about 8 miles.  Turn left on McNamara Road.  Farm is first right [yellow house] up the hill.

From the South:  Route 7 North to Wallingford, VT.  Take route 140 West (left turn) at the traffic light.  Follow 140 about 8 miles. Turn left on McNamara Road. Farm is first right [yellow house] up the hill.


Animal Cruelty Investigation – Level IV                                                               

Coordinator: TJ Anderson

Length of course: 6.5 hours

Course hours: 0830 – 1600 hours

Location: Shelburne Farms (see below**)

Date:  September 29, 2015         

Tuition: MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE $30.00 (Includes lunch).

Checks should be made out to: Vermont Humane Federation (VHF) and sent in advance to: Vermont Police Academy, 317 Academy Road, Pittsford, VT  05763.

Registration: To register please call  (802) 483-6228.

Minimum number to hold class: 10

Maximum number in class: 25

To attend this class: Space is limited… registrations preference will be given to humane agents and law enforcement officers. 

You must have attended a prior workshop on investigating animal cruelty in Vermont, sponsored by the Vermont Humane Federation’s Animal Cruelty Response Coalition.   Attendance of the Vermont Police Academy’s “Animal Cruelty Investigation – Level I” (being offered September 2, 2015) meets this requirement.

This introductory and hands-on workshop will focus on some of the most common farm animals you might see during the course of an animal cruelty investigation.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • The proper handling and housing of common farm animals;
  • Best management practices;
  • Body condition scoring (BCS), and
  • Locomotion of farm animals.

In the morning there will be classroom time to learn basic skills and techniques on how to handle and work around cows, chickens, sheep and swine. You will then be provided an opportunity to apply these newly learned skills with the animals on the farm. Full participation is expected.

Participants should be prepared to spend most of the day outside in any type of weather.  Work/muck boots are recommended.

 

**Training is being held at the Shelburne Farms’ “Coach Barn” (1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT (802) 985-8686).  At the gate house of Shelburne Farms, tell the attendant that you are attending this training.  Parking is behind the Farm Barn.


Basic Crime Scene Investigation

Coordinator:  TJ Anderson

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

 

Dates: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 gail.williams@vermont.gov

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 Do to Instructor conflicts the class has been moved to the 31st of August to the 4th of September
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 gail.williams@vermont.gov

“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

Dates/Times                                                                                             

  • 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 gail.williams@vermont.gov

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 sara.couture@vermont.gov


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

Length of course: 5 days
Course hours: 0830-1630
Location:  Vermont Police Academy
Date: 
  • 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 gail.williams@vermont.gov
 
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

Search & Rescue

Coordinator: Robert Ryan
Length of course: 3 hours

Dates: November 4, 2015   13:00 - 16:00

 

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 gail.williams@vermont.gov

 

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.