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:
  • September 16-17, 2014 - St. Johnsbury PD
  • November 3-4, 2014 - Hartford PD
Tuition:
  • 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 gail.williams@state.vt.us
 
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.

Automated License Plate Reader Certification

Coordinator:  Sara Couture
Length of Course:  2 hours
Date/Hours/Location: TBA
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@state.vt.us
 
Per Vermont legislation, all law enforcement officers must be certified through the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council to utilize Automated License Plate Readers while on duty.  This class satisfies that Vermont requirement.  PLEASE NOTE:  All attendees must complete the online End User Agreement prior to obtaining  certification.

Commercial Vehicle Awareness - Level I

Coordinator: Sara Couture
Length of course: 8 hours
Course hours: 0800 - 1630
Date: September 15, 2014
Location: Vermont Police Academy
 
Tuition: Commuting $15.50 includes materials and lunch.  If you are taking levels 1 & 2 and want to stay overnight - $166.00 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
 
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 16-18, 2014
Location: Vermont Police Academy
 
Tuition: Commuting - $44.00 includes materials and lunch.  Overnight - $116.00 includes materials, meals, and overnight lodging.  If you are taking levels 1 & 2 and want to stay overnight - $166.00 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
 
Course Overview:
  1. Commercial vehicle size enforcement
  2. Commercial vehicle weight enforcement
  3. Oversize permits
  4. DMV Rule 25
  5. Practical exercise/evaluation

DMT Supervisor Course

Coordinator: Sara Couture
Length of course: 2 hours
Tuition: None
 
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
 
Date/Time/Location: August 4, 2014, 0900-1100 hours at the Vermont State Forensics Lab in Waterbury, VT.

Officers who will be acting as DMT Supervisors must take this course to perform normal and routine maintenance on this machine.  Supervisors also offer support to DMT operators.  Those who have been DataMaster Supervisors for the old machines are still required to attend this course.
This course is offered regionally about 4 times each year and twice at the Academy (post-basic, limited seating).
Coordinator: Sara Couture
Length of Course: 8 hours
Course hours: 0800-1630
Date/Location: July 28, 2014 - Vermont Police Academy
 
Tuition: None if initial training.  $21.50 @ the Vermont Police Academy (includes lunch and materials), $6.50  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 gail.williams@state.vt.us
 
This course delivered by VCJTC certified Instructors is designed to provide police officers with the necessary certification to set-up, test, and operate radar devices for speed measurement. The eight-hour class which includes both classroom and field experience provides the officer with the knowledge and skills to operate both stationary and moving radar. The following topics are presented: Doppler theory; VT statutory and case law regarding speed enforcement; operation of specific speed measurement devices; and courtroom testimony.

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: October 20-24, 2014
Location: Vermont Police Academy
 
Tuition: None, if initial training, includes accommodations and lunch.
Audits - Commute $89.50; Overnight $231.50.
 
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
 

* 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.


Laser Operator Certification (NHTSA)

This course is offered regionally about 4 times each year and twice at the Academy (post-basic, limited seating).
Coordinator: Sara Couture
Length of course: 8 hours
Course hours: 0800 - 1630
Date/Location: TBA
 
Tuition: $19.50 @ the Vermont Police Academy (includes lunch & materials); Cost is $4.50 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 gail.williams@state.vt.us
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Certification course. This course provides officers training in the setup, testing and operation of any LASER speed measuring device.
  • Participant is urged to bring a Laser device to class.
  • Four hours in classroom.
  • Four hours supervised practical training. (Officers should be in uniform and prepared for traffic enforcement.)