Current Courses:



Ambush Survival Tactics  (previously known as Patrol Tactics "Mindset for Survival")

Presented by Sgt. Ray DeCunto (Ret.) of RAD Training Inc. 


  • Coordinator: Jason Williams
  • Length of course: 24 hours                                                                    
  • Course hours: 31 May – 2 June, 2017: 0800- 1700                                                                                          
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • Tuition: Commuter $499.00 (lunch included), Overnight $579.00
  • 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

This three-day course is for law enforcement officers assigned to uniform patrol.  Classroom training alone is not enough.  Patrol officers need hands on training.  This course is designed with minimal classroom and maximum realistic scenario based training.  The following are topics covered during this training course:

  • Techniques for mental and physical peak performance to win
  • Less lethal and deadly force decision making through scenario based training
  • Dynamic and slow deliberate building clearing techniques
  • Techniques for traffic stops with violent encounters
  • Close quarter shooting tactics
  • Low light movement techniques
  • Ambush tactics
  • Armed suicidal subject encounters; “Suicide by cop”
  • Hostage encounters; containment vs. immediate action
  • Rescue carries and the trauma medical equipment needed
  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care for law enforcement responders

Who should attend: Uniform patrol officers, as well as units within patrol commonly referred to as street crimes and/or violent offender units.  If you are answering calls for service, conducting traffic stops or assigned to investigate crimes involving repeat or violent offenders, then this course is a must for you or your unit.


Basic Use of Force and Tactics

MDTS/Straight Baton/ PR24/OC Aerosol Projector

This is a physically demanding training course and participants must be injury free and in good physical condition before entering the course. 


  • Coordinator: Jason Williams
  • Length of course: 32 hours (four days MDTS/baton) plus 4 hours (1/2 day OC)
  • Course hours: 0800-1630 days 1-4, 0800-1200 day 5
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • Date: 20 – 23 March, 2017 (MDTS/baton), 24 March, 2017 (OC)
  • Tuition (includes materials, lunch and administrative fees):
  • Tuition is free for all Vermont Law Enforcement Officer candidates who are sponsored by a Vermont Law Enforcement Agency and are pursuing level I or Level II law enforcement certification.
  • For all others (recertifications, audits, and others authorized to attend the course by the Director of Training):
    • If the student is staying for the MDTS/Baton Portion only:
      • Commuting: $ 66                                                                                                    
      • Overnight:  $ 183
    • If the student is additionally staying for the OC day:
      • Commuting: $ 82                                                                                                    
      • Overnight:  $ 238
  • 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

Note: Gym attire to include gym shoes, duty belt, baton and handcuffs and cuff key are required for this course.  Please bring a dark colored tee shirt to wear when being sprayed with OC.  Students must provide inert OC for training. The Academy will provide live OC for practical exercise.

This course is designed to provide officers with the basics for self-protection and control and/or restraint of adversaries.  This course consists of classroom lecture, gym-work and scenario-based training. 

The first three days are mandatory under Council rule for Level I, II or III certification and will train the student in the Monadnock Defensive Tactics System.  The fourth day is optional and we will provide instruction in the use of the Monadnock Expandable Baton or the PR-24 side handle baton.  Please notify the academy whether you will require MEB or side handle baton training when registering!  The fifth day is optional and consists of a half day of OC training.   In order to attend the fifth day, you must have attended the first four days or already hold basic certification in MDTS.

Successful completion of the course will require the student to attend the full blocks of training as well as pass written and proficiency testing for basic MDTS certification, baton certification and OC certification.  Written testing requires a minimum score of 80% to pass and proficiency testing requires 100% acceptable score on the Minimal Acceptable Performance Standards set forth by Safariland.

Effective 1 January, 2014 per Council ruling, all persons certified as law enforcement officers after that date must attend and successfully complete a Council approved training course for MDTS before receiving Level I, II or III law enforcement certification.  The four-hour handcuff training provided during the Level I and II basic certification course does not meet this requirement, and only gives them the authority to carry and use handcuffs under the guidelines set forth in the provisional certification for Levels I or II. Officers must also attend and successfully complete a Council approved baton and/or Oleoresin Capsicum aerosol projector course having the authority to carry and use a baton or OC.  This course meets the minimum requirements under this new rule. 

SIG SAUER Police Pistol Course

  • Coordinator:  Jason Williams
  • Length of Course: 8 hours (1 day)
  • Course hours:  0800 - 1700
  • Date: Two separate classes are being scheduled back to back.  17 April, 2017 and 18 April, 2017.  This is a one day course.
  • Location:  Vermont Police Academy Firearms Range
  • Tuition: 
    • SIG Sauer tuition, payable directly to SIG is $255
    • Academy fees (includes lunch) is $19.50 which will be billed separately by the  Academy
  • Registration:  SIG Sauer is handling all registrations for this course.  Please contact them at 603-610-3400 to register.

Course description:

This one day pistol course offered by SIG Sauer is designed to enhance the pistol handling skills for law enforcement officers.  SIG Sauer has provided excellent training for law enforcement officers around the State of Vermont since they began coming here a couple of years ago.  The extremely high level of quality training they provide is why we keep inviting them back here year after year.  We are striving at the academy to bring a wider and more well-rounded variety of firearms training options for law enforcement in the area.  This class is promised to carry on that same quality of training we have come to expect from SIG. 

SIG’s website describes the content of this class as follows:

 Designed to help law enforcement officers improve their pistol handling skills and qualification scores, this all range time, no frills course offers intensive hands-on training and pistol drills to maximize accuracy, speed, and performance.

The course requirements, directly from SIG Sauer’s website:


Law enforcement, military, and credentialed armed professionals only. Call for clarification.


Course Outline 

  • Foundational skill review
  • Static shooting drills
  • Positional shooting
  • Barricade/use of cover
  • Reloads and malfunction drills
  • Dynamic shooting drills
  • Transitions

Required Equipment 

  • Duty pistol in one of the following calibers: 9MM, .357SIG, .40S&W, or .45ACP
  • 3 magazines minimum
  • Belt mounted, dominant side concealment holster or duty rig
  • Magazine pouches
  • Sturdy belt at least 1.5” wide
  • Concealment jacket or vest (optional)
  • Footwear suitable for rapid movement and turning
  • Casual, comfortable civilian clothing suitable for training in any weather (unless training in duty uniform)
  • Hydration system
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Hat with a brim
  • Wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses or non-shattering prescription glasses
  • Earmuffs and earplugs


  • Estimated round count: 500 rounds pistol

Please sign up early as this class will fill up fast.  Students must bring their own ammunition.  Ammunition is no longer available for purchase at the academy.

VCJTC Rule 13 Firearms Qualifications for Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle, and Retired Officer LEOSA Qualifications

  • Coordinator: Jason Williams
  • Length of course: Dependant on number of courses wishing to complete
  • Course hours: Participants should arrive at 0900.  End time will be dependent on number of persons who show up to qualify.
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy Range
  • Date: 15 May, 2017 and 11 September, 2017
  • Tuition (includes all administrative fees): None
  • 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


This course provides an opportunity for those officers who do not have a department firearms instructor or other instructor available to have their annual Rule 13 qualifications completed for the calendar 2015 year, or who need a LEOSA qualification.  There is no instruction provided during this course, and the officer is expected to come to the course fully prepared to complete the qualification.  Officers participating in the course will be offered up to three attempts to pass.  Please do not wear red colored clothing to the course, as due to new safety regulations imposed upon us, this color is used to indicate who the instructors are.

Handgun qualification:

For active duty Vermont Certified Law Enforcement Officers

A copy of the qualification course that an officer attending may use to practice the handgun course with can be found by clicking here.  The officer must bring, at a minimum: duty belt with holster that is regularly worn while on duty, handgun that is normally carried on duty, at least 2 magazines with belt mounted magazine pouches, protective vest normally worn on duty (if the officer does not wear a vest on duty they will still be required to wear one while shooting on the VPA range), at least 60 rounds of handgun ammunition which is the ballistic equivalent of the ammunition they carry on duty, and a hat with a brim.

For retired officers qualifying under LEOSA

A copy of the course that the retired officer will be qualifying on can be found by clicking here.  Shooters MUST bring their official retirement identification card issued by the department from which they retired, OR a letter on the letter head of the department from which they retired indicating that they have retired from that agency and meet the qualifications to carry a handgun under LEOSA.  This letter must be signed by the department head from which the officer retired.  Eligibility under LEOSA will be verified prior to qualification documentation being issued.  Officers from any jurisdiction within the United States who meet the LEOSA requirements may conduct their qualifications here.  Retired officers attending this qualification must bring, at a minimum, the weapon with which they wish to qualify, 75 rounds of ammunition, and a hat with a brim.

Shotgun Qualification:

A copy of the qualification course that an officer attending may use to practice the shotgun course with can be found by clicking here. An officer may qualify with buckshot or slugs, or both.  Officers who choose to qualify with one and not the other are only qualified on that one type of ammunition.  The officer must bring, at a minimum: the shotgun that the officer regularly carries on duty (or one of the exact make, model and gauge and the same accessories and appurtenances as the shotgun normally carried on duty, to include sights.  Only a tube fed shotgun of proven law enforcement type will be permitted), 27 rounds of each ammunition type to qualify with both, or 27 rounds of the chosen ammunition type, protective vest normally worn on duty (if the officer does not wear a vest on duty they will still be required to wear one on the VPA range), hat with a brim.

Patrol Rifle Qualification:

A copy of the qualification course that an officer attending may use to practice the patrol rifle course with can be found by clicking here.  The officer must bring, at a minimum: duty belt, holster and handgun normally carried on duty with at least 10 rounds of handgun ammunition, protective vest normally worn while on duty (if the officer does not wear a vest on duty they will still be required to wear on the VPA range), the patrol rifle that the officer normally carries while on duty (or one of the exact same make, model and caliber with the same accessories and appurtenances as the patrol rifle normally carried on duty, to include sights), 200 rounds of ball or duty rifle ammunition, two magazines with a capacity of at least 20 rounds each, something to carry a spare magazine in (can be a pants or vest pocket).    Patrol rifle qualifications will be limited to the AR platform rifles and its variants, M14 rifles and its variants, and the Ruger Mini 14 and Ruger Mini 30.  Please be aware that this qualification will be conducted on the VPA 25-yard range, and distance shooting (50 and 100 yard) will be completed on reduced size targets.

Upon the successful completion of the course(s) that the officer participates in, they will be issued an affidavit attesting to the fact that they have qualified under Rule 13 for that weapon type for their department head to report their annual training requirements to the Council, or documenting that qualification has been completed to qualify a retired officer under LEOSA.  Those who do not successfully complete the course may schedule to be here on the makeup date.  Eye and ear protection is available at the academy as well as loaner vests, and targets are included in the course fee.  Please let the registrar know which qualification courses you wish to participate in when registering.  These will be the only dates that will be available for qualifications to be completed by academy staff, except in the case of extreme emergencies (which are limited to medical leave or military deployment).  Meals are not included during this program; please plan accordingly.  Please direct any questions regarding this course and its requirements to Jason.Williams@vermont.gov or (802) 483-2735.     


Contact Information

Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council
317 Academy Road - Main Building
Pittsford, VT 05763
Phone: 802.483.6228
Fax: 802.483.2343

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