Motor Vehicle & Highway Safety Training

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

Coordinator: Sara Couture

Length of course: 16 hours
Course hours: 0800 - 1600
Dates and Locations:                                                                                                                 

  • July 15-16, 2015 @ Vermont Police Academy

Tuition:  Free for these dates only as we are piloting the new curriculum.

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

Minimum number to hold in class: 18
Maximum number in class: 30

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.


Commercial Vehicle Awareness - Level I

Coordinator: Sara Couture

Length of course: 8 hours
Course hours: 0800 - 1630
Date: September 21, 2015

Location: Vermont Police Academy
Tuition: Commuting $19.00 includes materials and lunch.  If you are taking levels 1 & 2 and want to stay overnight - $187.00 includes materials, meals, and overnight lodging (3 nights, 4 days). 

Registration: Open to any police officer who has a working knowledge of Title 23 and experience in motor vehicle stops.  Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at gail.williams@state.vt.us

Minimum number to hold in class: 10
Maximum number in class: 25

Course Overview:

  1. Safety around commercial vehicles during the stop
  2. Commercial Driver’s Licenses and Canadian CDL familiarization
  3. International Fuel Tax Agreement
  4. Apportioned registrations
  5. Commercial Vehicle regulations
  6. Inspection Manual
  7. Accident Protocol

Commercial Vehicle Awareness - Level II - Size & Weights

Coordinator:   Sara Couture

Length of course: 24 hours
Course hours: 0800 - 1630
Date:  September 22-24, 2015

Location: Vermont Police Academy
Tuition: Commuting - $53.50 includes materials and lunch.  Overnight - $130.50 includes materials, meals, and overnight lodging.  If you are taking levels 1 & 2 and want to stay overnight - $187.00 includes materials, meals, and overnight lodging (3 nights, 4 days). 

Registration: Open to officers who have at least 3 years of motor vehicle experience.  MUST have completed Commercial Vehicle Awareness - Level I or attended the CMV Awareness/Size & Weights Truck School (40-hour) training that we have hosted in the past.  Contact the Vermont Police Academy at (802) 483-6228 for more information.  Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at gail.williams@state.vt.us

Minimum number to hold in class: 10
Maximum number in class: 25

Course Overview:

  1. Commercial vehicle size enforcement
  2. Commercial vehicle weight enforcement
  3. Oversize permits
  4. DMV Rule 25
  5. Practical exercise/evaluation

 


DUI Enforcement Certification

This course is offered 4 to 5 times each year depending on need.  Two will be post-basic and therefore seating will have limited seating. 
 
Coordinator: Sara Couture
Length of course: 40 hours (5 days)
Course hours: 0800 - 1630
Dates:

  • June 1-5 2015 -Course is Full
  • October 12-16, 2015 0800-1630 hours
  • November 30-December 4 - Post Basic Limited seating

 

Location: Vermont Police Academy
 

Tuition: None, if initial training, includes accommodations and lunch.
Audits - Commute $127.00; Overnight $281.00.

Registration: Fax our in-service training application (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar.

Minimum number to hold in class: 15
Maximum number in class: 30

* This 40-hour course provides police officers with the knowledge and skills to operate the DataMaster Infrared Breath Testing Device used to collect evidentiary breath samples for DUI cases. The course, delivered by VCJTC certified instructors, instructors from the Department of Health, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and the State's Attorney's Office, provides Infrared Breath Testing Device Certification.

The following topics are also discussed:

  • DUI Law and Case Law
  • Physiological and Psychological Effects of Alcohol
  • DUI Detection and Apprehension Techniques
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Exercises
  • DUI Processing Forms
  • Courtroom Testimony at the DUI Trial
  • Introduction to Drugged Driving

* Officers must bring their own copy of Title 23.

* Homework Required.


IPTM Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation

Coordinator:  Sara Couture
Length of Course:  80 hours (2 weeks, Monday-Friday)
Course Hours:  0830-1630 hours
Date and Location:  August 17-28, 2015 at the Vermont Police Academy
Tuition:

  • 15 students- $1223.00 (commute), $1570.69 (overnight)      
  • 20 students- $956.00 (commute), $1304.00 (overnight)          
  • 28 students- $728.00, (commute) $1056.00 (overnight)

Pre-requisite:  Must be full-time certified, having taken the Basic Academy Crash Investigation course, have field experience, and a high aptitude and interest in collision investigation.
 

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

Minimum number to hold class: 15, Maximum:  28

SECOND IN A SERIES OF THREE COURSES-  You must have completed IPTM’s At-Scene Traffic Crash/Traffic Homicide Investigation course or its equivalent.

Building upon the theories and techniques learned in IPTM’s At-Scene Traffic Crash/Traffic Homicide Investigation course, this class will delve into the advanced concepts of traffic crash investigations.
More complex vehicle dynamics like acceleration/deceleration, factor, rate and airborne situations will be explored.  You will learn to estimate speeds from falls, vaults, and flips and the calculation of kinetic energy and linear momentum.  You’ll also learn to evaluate vehicle lamps, tires, and damage to help determine vehicle behaviors during the collision. 
Much of the coursework will be spent using acceleration/deceleration factors and perception/reaction times to determine time/distance relationships for colliding vehicles.

Topics include:

•  Speed estimates from kinetic energy, skidmarks, scuffmarks and airborne situations
•  Vehicle dynamics and motion
•  Time, distance, and motion equations
•  Conservation of momentum equations
•  Center of mass calculation
•  Vehicle lamp examination
•  Tire damage evaluation
•  Vector sum analysis


IPTM Traffic Crash Reconstruction

Coordinator:  Sara Couture

Length of Course:  80 hours (2 weeks, Monday-Friday)

Course Hours:  0830-1630 hours

Dates and Location:  May 9-20, 2016 at the Vermont Police Academy

Tuition:  

  • 15 students- $1223.00 (commute), $1571.00 (overnight)                                                                               
  • 20 students- $956.00 (commute), $1304.00 (overnight)                                                                                                          
  • 28   students- $728.00, (commute) $1076.00 (overnight)

Pre-requisite:  Must be full-time certified, having taken the Basic Academy Crash Investigation course, have field experience, and a high aptitude and interest in collision investigation.

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

Minimum number to hold class: 15, Maximum:  28

THIRD IN A SERIES OF THREE COURSES-Because of the highly technical subject matter, it is mandatory for you to have successfully completed IPTM’s Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation (80 hours) course or its equivalent.

 Traffic Crash Reconstruction builds upon IPTM’s Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation course by assisting you further in understanding vehicle dynamics.  You will take part in a more intense study of time/distance calculations, two-dimensional momentum and impact speed calculations using momentum equations. 

Topics include:
•  Derivation and origin of the commonly used speed formulas
•  Speed of vehicles at impact using conservation of linear momentum
•  Behavior of vehicles in a collision using Newton’s three laws of motion
•  Discussions of commercial vehicle and motorcycle dynamics in collisions
•  The determination of direction of travel, initial contact and position of vehicles on the roadway

This course includes extensive project work and controlled vehicle experiments to give you first hand experience in crash reconstruction.  Each student will be required to diagram and analyze three different crash scenarios as well as complete vector sum analysis of each.

Note:  Early application for this course is encouraged.  Prior to the start of the course, study materials in basic mathematics and algebra will be sent to you.  Please review these materials before coming to class.  Please click here to print out the required questionnaire and return it with your registration form.

 


Vin Verification

Coordinator: Sara Couture

Length of course: 4 hours
Course hours: see below

Dates/Times         

  • September 1, 2015  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 - $19.50

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

Minimum number to hold a class: 10
Maximum number in class: 35

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.