Conferences and Workshops

Please Note: The Academy assists other organizations by advertising their conferences, workshops, and other training programs on this webpage.  However, one should not assume that the Academy is endorsing programs listed here, nor are we responsible for the training or registration unless otherwise noted.  Please read the training descriptions carefully for more information! Thank you!

State Conferences and Workshops

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ALICE Instructor Certification Training

  • Dates: June 26th - 27th, 2019
  • Times: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Location: Castleton University – Robert Stafford Building at 251 South Street, Castleton, Vermont.
  • Cost: $695 per student
  • Registration: register online at

The Castleton Police Dept. and the ALICE Training Institute have teamed up to bring ALICE Instructor Certification Training to Castleton, Vermont on June 26 and 27th, 2019. The training will be held at the Castleton University – Robert Stafford Building at 251 South Street, Castleton, Vermont.

This two-day Instructor Certification course is designed to teach proactive option-based strategies to increase survivability in a violent critical incident. The ALICE strategies empower individuals to participate in their own survival in the gap between when a violent situation begins and when law enforcement arrives.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is a valuable strategy for everyone: law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, and places of worship. Completing the ALICE Certification Instructor course provides individuals with certification in ALICE proactive strategies and allows them the opportunity to bring those same strategies back to their organization. Additionally, registrants will gain access to exclusive ALICE resources.

ALICE is aligned with recommendations from Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and many State government agencies.

Please click the following link to register.


A few details that you may need to know: 
- The cost is $695 
- It is a 2-day course (8 am – 5 pm) 
- It is a combination of classroom and live practical drills 
- It is an Instructor Certification Class (train the trainer): you will be able to teach others the pro-active ALICE strategies 

Maximum attendance will be 50 students.   


Key Points:

Dress Code: Interactive scenarios require attire and shoes that allow ease of movement. 

▪ No dresses, skirts, open toe shoes, high heels

Laptop: If you have a laptop please bring it to class. You will need one for the group research and presentation portion of the class on day 2.

The agenda is subject to change based on the Trainer, facility and participants needs.

Training participants achieve Instructor Certification through passing the e-Learning test after completing the 2-day training. Certificates are accessed online.

AR15 Armorer Course

This 2 day (16 hour) non-brand specific course will focus on the AR15/M4 family of weapons. All students will learn by way of multimedia presentations, lecture and hands on training with their weapon and will be able to make some repairs on their weapons during the course. Students receive a certificate of completion after completing hands on training and the written test.


  • History and Evolution of the AR15 Family of Weapons
  • Tool Selection and Usage
  • Cycle of Operation
  • Diagnosing and Troubleshooting Malfunctions
  • Replacement of all key components such as the barrel, gas rings, extractor, etc.…
  •  Component Selection and Technical Specifications
  • Maintenance and Record Keeping

Required Tools:

  • AR15 Styled Rifle or Carbine (Direct Impingement Recommended)  
  • Glock Disassembly Tool
  • 1” Nylon and Brass gunsmithing hammer. (Brownells Part #818-600-100WB) 6″ flat tip screwdriver or correct Hex wrench for pistol grip screw
  • Pivot pin installation tool- (Brownells Part# 080-216-011WB)
  • 1/16 flat punch (Starrett is recommended)
  • Notepad/Paper
  • USB Flash Drive

Child Passenger Safety Class

  • Date and Time: June 5th-8th, 8-5 each day

  • Location: Vermont  Police Academy

  • Registration: Register online at

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Digital Forensic and Social Media

  • Dates:  April 18th and 19th, 2019
  • Times: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Location: Ludlow, VT. Fire Station. 67 Pond Street Ludlow, VT. 05149
  • Cost: $275 per student
  • Registration: contact Tim Jones at, or you can register at – Credit Cards Accepted

GSPCC is proud to partner with the Ludlow, Vermont Police Department to present: Digital Forensics and Social Media.  This two-day course is taught by members of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Each day focuses on a different aspect of digital and social media investigations.  The following topics will be featured:

DAY 1 – Digital Forensics:

  • Introduction to Digital Forensics
  • Securing of Digital Evidence
  • Data Identification
  • Legal Issues


DAY 2 – Social Media:

  • Developing Public Accounts
  • Background Checks
  • Undercover Use
  • Policy Issues

NTOA Sniper I Training

This course is designed to expose tactical personnel to the proper deployment and techniques for a long rifle position. Topics to be covered include weapons selection and maintenance, rapid deployment issues, use‐of‐force issues and coordinated fire techniques. This course of instruction will stress the fundamentals of marksmanship and precision shooting.  Practical range training will include shooting at moving targets, range estimation, and various courses of fire.

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Opioid Overdose Death Investigations

  • Date: March 27 - 28, 2019
  • Time:0800 - 1600
  • Location:South Burlington Police Department
  • Cost:
    • Early Price: $405.00 per person (ends 12/27)
    • Regular Price: $425.00 per person (ends 2/27)
    • Late Price: $445.00 per person
  • Registration: Register online at or call 800-222-7789

The WZ Seminar on Opioid Overdose Death Investigations is a comprehensive 2-day program on opioids, opioid deaths and the successful prosecution of overdose deaths as homicides. Participants will learn the different types of opioids and opiates being used including heroin, fentanyl, prescription pain killers and more. There will then be a discussion on the effects of opioids on users, how they break down in the body and how they kill.  A key segment will explain the effects of Narcan and why users are still overdosing.
The WZ instructor will review state-specific homicide laws and the elements of the different statutes for proper charges as well as the potential for federal charges.  Participants will be able to anticipate what defense attorneys will present and how to make sure they effectively cover areas of concern.  The class will learn how to establish policies and strategies to work their cases.
The class will participate in discussions on working the crime scene and getting evidence for the drug case and the homicide case. This will lead into a presentation on courtroom testimony and working with prosecutors on how and who will present evidence in court.  
The seminar will conclude with instruction on the proper preparation for trial and how to deliver professional, effective testimony in concert with perspectives from the judge or juries point of view.

Seminar topics include:

•    Overview of Opioid Overdose Death Investigations
•    State Specific Laws and What Charges to Use
•    Anticipate and Prepare for Defense Attorney Arguments
•    Development of Department Policy and Case Management
•    Legal Considerations—Search, Seizure, Miranda, Interrogations
•    Making a Homicide Case and Investigative Strategies
•    Courtroom Testimony and Working with Your Prosecutor

Based on actual investigations, this dynamic program uses a diverse combination of case studies to provide strategic tactics to analyze and evaluate investigative strategies specific to opioid overdose death investigations.   
This course is taught by Brian Sallee – an acclaimed narcotics  detective with 28 years of working  all aspects of drug investigations, including assisting and consulting on overdose death investigations around the country.  Brian has co-authored two books on the subject and has trained thousands of officers throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.

Patrol Officer Drug Investigations

  • Date: June 4 - 5

  • Location: Swanton Village Police Department – 120 First Street, Swanton, VT 05488

  • Registration: For registration information please visit their website at:

Drug-related crimes are impacting every community across the United States. Law enforcement agencies devote a tremendous amount of resources to combat illegal narcotic activity Uniform patrol officers are in a prime position to target drug offenders.

From the drug addict, to the upper level dealers, patrol officers must be prepared to handle these unpredictable criminals. There are various techniques and faciles that patrol officers can utilize to be more effective at arresting drug violators. The officers must be familiar with basic drug Identification as well as search and seizure case law, Knock & Tak operations, when conducted properly can be a very successful tactic to combat illegal narcotic trafficking Officers must receive proper training and understand the limitations of knock & takes for this tactic to be effective. All too often, drug dealers are arrested, prosecuted, and found "not guilty" due to poor report writing or officer testimony in court, Concealment methods used by drug dealers are becoming estrentely complex.

Information will be presented to identify hidden compartments and common places drug dealers attempt to conceal contraband. Detecting unusual driving behavior within seconds as a vehicle passes by can be a hard concept to recognize. Understanding of behavioral analysis is essential for all officers both in the field and during a criminal investigation Officers will only get one opportunity to assess the suspect before de-aiding to conduct a vehicle stop; therefore, it is imperative to educate oneself further on human behavior.

Proper report writing, and courtroom testimony are necessary to secure a conviction and send the drug violator to prison Officers will receive tips for testifying along with terminology that should be included in drug arrest reports. After attending this course, patrol officers will have the resources and training to seize larger quantities of drugs, firearms, and US currency

School Resource Officer

The Basic School Resource Officer Course is a forty-hour (40) block of instruction designed for any law enforcement officer and school safety professionals working in an educational environment and with school administrators. The course provides tools for officers to build positive relationships with both students and staff.

The course is also beneficial for educational professionals dedicated to providing a safe learning environment and provides a more in-depth understanding of the role and functions of an SRO.

The course emphasizes three main areas of instructions:

Law Enforcement Function – Instruction on the differences between law enforcement when conducted inside a school environment including understanding the teen brain and de-escalation techniques.

Mentoring Students – Instruction designed to provide tools to be a positive role model for youth including informal counseling techniques.

Guest Speaking – Instruction on a variety of instructional techniques as well as classroom management tools to provide law-related education to students.

Attendees will gain a solid working knowledge of the School Resource Officer concept and how to establish a lasting partnership with their schools. The purpose of this course is to provide participants with information regarding the school resource officer concept and the skills necessary for its successful implementation.

Below is an outline of primary topics covered:

  • Foundations of School Based Law Enforcement
  • Ethics and the SRO
  • The SRO as a Teacher/Guest Speaker and Effective Presentations
  • Understanding Special Needs Students
  • The SRO as an Informal Counselor/Mentor
  • Social Media and Cyber Safety
  • Understanding the Teen Brain
  • Violence and Victimization: Challenges to Development
  • Sex Trafficking of Youth
  • School Law
  • Developing and Supporting Successful Relationships with Diverse Students
  • Effects of Youth Trends and Drugs on the School Culture and Environment
  • Threat Response: Preventing Violence in School Settings
  • School Safety and Emergency Operations Plans
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

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School Resource Officer: Advanced

Course Description:

The Advanced School Resource Officer Course is a twenty-four (24) hour block of instruction that focuses on more advanced techniques for the School Resource Officer. Topics covered include law updates, technology and social media, improving communication with administrators and information on current youth-related topics. Participants will also spend two hours at a school building conducting a “Site Assessment.”

The course is designed for any law enforcement officer working in an educational environment. It follows the SRO Triad model, advances the SROs knowledge and skills as a law enforcement officer, informal counselor, and educator.

Course Objectives:

Learn strategies to work closely with school administrators on problem solving and crime prevention. Develop a better understanding of the causes and solution for school violence. Conduct a site assessment on the school buildings within their school district.

Training topics include:

  • Leadership and Working Effectively with the School Community
  • General Legal Updates
  • Interviewing Skills for the SRO
  • Technology and Social Media Online Based Investigations
  • Threat Assessment
  • Incident Command System for Schools
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
  • Skills Assessment

Course Outline

Day one begins with a brief overview of school based policing programs and the history of the SRO program.  The importance of the SRO in a leadership role and effective communication will be discussed.  General law updates will be explored by the participants. The day will conclude with interview skills for the SRO.

During day two, participants will learn the latest in technology and the impact on the school environment.  Participants will also discuss threat assessment tools and Incident Command for the school setting.  Focus will be given to the SRO’s role on the school safety team.

On Day Three, participants will participate in specific crime prevention techniques designed for the educational environment.  A major portion of the day is spent in an overall school safety assessment incorporating Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles. Hands-on, practical applications are utilized, as the participants will be required to visit a local school (when possible) and complete a comprehensive site survey of the campus. Time is allowed for presentation preparation.  Discussions allow for participants to seek\ advice, additional information, or the opportunity to share experiences with the class.  A course review takes place before evaluations and closing.

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School Resource Officer Supervisors and Management Course


Course Description

The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) has developed this three-day (24 hr.) SRO Supervisors and Management course for police supervisors and school administrators who have the responsibility of implementing, supervising, managing, and evaluating school-based police officers and/or programs.  The goal is to provide managers with information, skills and strategies to develop, coordinate, and maintain a successful SRO program in their school community.

Throughout the country, the issue of school violence and the safety of students, faculty and parents at school has become an issue of great concern. Partnerships between law enforcement and schools can be an effective and comprehensive investment in enhancing the safety of our school communities. As the role of the school resource officer expands and becomes increasingly more complex, so too does the role and responsibilities of the person who manages the program. This three-day course is designed to assist new and veteran SRO supervisors to develop and maintain the best possible SRO program for their community.

Who Should Attend

Strong, effective management is a cornerstone of an effective school resource officer program. The program supervisor must recruit, build and maintain a productive and successful unit. He or she must be able to work with a police administration, multiple police divisions, a school administration, city or county administration school boards, the business community, parents, neighborhoods and, of course, the officers they are assigned to manage.

A variety of skills are necessary to perform the SRO unit manager’s function. It is also necessary for school administrators to understand and have knowledge of the function of the SRO unit manager and the program.

Participants who should attend this course include:

First level and Mid-Management police supervisors who supervise an school-based policing unit: Corporals; Sergeants; Lieutenants; Captains

School Administrators who have law enforcement or security personnel in their schools: Principals; Vice Principals; District Administrators; Superintendents

School Security Managers


Course Outline

Day One

The course begins with an overview of school-based police programs and the History of the SRO Program, including the Triad Concept. It is important for managers to have a firm understanding of the many roles and responsibilities a school resource officer balances day to day. To help facilitate healthy class interaction, a discussion generator will be introduced during the morning of this first day. The class participants will participate in a series of mock interviews and an SRO selection process to begin to gather the knowledge in building and recruiting a strong and productive SRO unit.

  • History of School Based Policing
  • Triad Concept and the school-based policing philosophy
  • Roles and responsibilities of the SRO
  • Writing and exploring mission statements and their purpose
  • SRO interviews and selection process

Day Two

The second day of class will focus on the partnerships that that SRO units should be forging. Tools will be given on how to evaluate and manage a SRO. Officer evaluation becomes important in the course of program management and attendees will have the opportunity to develop and implement an SRO evaluation. Every manager needs to have a good working method of evaluating their program, and handling problems that inhibit the growth of the unit and program.

  • Police/School partnerships and contracts (MOU)
  • Supervising the SRO
  • Developing and objective evaluation
  • Evaluating the SRO

Day Three

By the third day, the attendees will have a working knowledge of the SRO philosophy, and how to recruit and build a program. Attendees will address issues regarding funding, gathering statistics, building partnerships and relationships, legal issues, and problem solving

  • Managing the program
  • Gaining department support for the SRO program
  • SRO/School Administration relationships
  • Crisis management and planning
  • School legal issues
  • Statistics and funding for your program
  • Course de-briefing and summary

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Supervisor Leadership Institute

  • When: August 26 - 30

  • Where: Rutland City Police Department 108 Wales St., Rutland, VT 05701

  • Cost: $695

  • Registration: Register online at or call 877-772-7712 for more information.

The FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute is a cutting edge 4 1/2-day program built especially for first-line supervisors and middle managers with the goal of enhancing their leadership competencies. The Supervisor Leadership Institute faculty members are senior law enforcement leaders who are committed to passing on their lessons learned.
Attendees will be engaged in personality diagnostics, leadership case studies, mentoring, developing your people, performance management, risk management and credibility. This institute is student-centered and rich in facilitated dialogue and group work.

Get local information for this training opportunity by contacting Commander Greg Sheldon of the Rutland City Police Department at 802-773-1816 or email at For hotel reservations please contact Holiday Inn, 476 Holiday Dr., Rutland – 802-775-1911.
Seminar registration is open to all law enforcement – sworn and professional staff.
You are not required to be a member of FBI-LEEDA to attend


  • Date: September 9 -10, register by 8-9-2019
  • Location: Milton Police Department - 37 Bombardier Road, Milton, VT 05468
  • Registration: Register online at
  • Cost: 
    • NTOA Individual Members: $241
    • NTOA Agency Members: (Includes 1 yr digital membership) : $266
    • Non-Member (Includes 1-year Individual Membership: $296

This course is designed to provide patrol supervisors with the information and tools needed to manage a critical incident prior to the arrival of SWAT.  Understanding the methodology used in managing a dynamic tactical problem, incident command system fundamentals, and the 4 primary types of critical incidents involving an adversary will give the patrol supervisor the tools needed to succeed during these events.  

Upon completion of this course the attendee will be familiar with:

1.    The characteristics of a crisis
2.    Basic law enforcement strategy
3.    Primary mistakes made during large-scale critical incidents
4.    Managing a dynamic tactical problem methodology
5.    The basic strategy for managing chaos
6.    The “Big 4” – hostage situations, barricaded suspects, active shooters and apprehending fleeing felons
7.    Incident Command System fundamentals
8.    Legal realities
9.    Crisis Leadership

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Taser Instructor Course




  • DATE: Thursday – May 16th, 2019
  • TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • LOCATION: St. Johnsbury – Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital 1315 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury rooms 126 & 127
  • COST: FREE with food/breaks provided

Traffic Incident Management

Traffic incident management is the process of coordinating the resources of a number of different public and private sector partners to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents as quickly as possible to reduce the duration and impacts of incidents, while protecting the safety of on-scene responders and the traveling public.

The training addresses all aspects of incident response, from the moment the first emergency call is made to the correct positioning of response vehicles and equipment, to a safe work area using traffic control devices, to final scene clearance.

The four-hour, in-person training brings police, firefighters, DOT, towing, medical personnel, and other incident responders together to foster relationships and engage in interactive training. They learn how to work together in a coordinated manner, from the moment the first emergency call is made to final scene clearance.

To find dates and times for Traffic Incident Management courses check the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security training calander

National White Collar Crime Center Online Courses

Visit the National White Collar Crime Center Website

Economic Crime Foundation Series (ECFS), NW3C's first complete Online Distance Learning Program

The Economic Crime Foundation Series (ECFS), consists of five self-paced introductory level courses

  • Introduction to White Collar Crime
  • Elder Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Disaster Fraud
  • Money Laundering


The Summit: Center for State Employee Development

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The Vermont Department of Human Resources' "The Summit: Center for State Employee Development"  has openings in many of its courses covering a wide range of professional development, leadership, and health and wellness topics. Grant writing, facilitation, performance measurement, systems thinking, and emotional intelligence are among the many offerings. Many courses are free, although a fee is charged for some. The Summit is located in the Osgood Building, Waterbury State Office Complex, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT. Check out their website for more information.

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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