Job Specifications


Job Code: 513203

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 23

Occupational Category: Administrative Services, HR & Fiscal Operations

Effective Date: 04/17/2011

Class Definition: Curriculum development and training work at a professional level involving research, design, implementation, and evaluation of law enforcement training at the Vermont Police Academy for the Criminal Justice Training Council. Assignments of specific trainer may relate largely to a specific program although involvement may be throughout all program areas. Duties include supervision students and faculty for each incoming class both on the basic and in-service level, preparing and delivering classroom instruction, supervising contractual agreements, lesson plans, and coordination of special projects relating to the development of the training facility. Extensive liaison occurs with department managers and staff, adjunct faculty contractual parties, and students. Work is performed under the direction of the Training Director.

Examples of Work:

Under the direction of the Training Director, research, develop, validate and subsequently teach/supervise the instruction of all facets of police training. Oversee the Police Academy basic training program. Determines the type of instruction necessary and coordinates and supervises the presentations by various instructors. Coordinates and supervises adjunct training assistants and faculty. Provides counseling services to students before, during, and after normal classroom hours. Ensures facility security and supervises use of the facility during evenings and weekends. May teach courses for both basic training and continuing education requirements in subject areas such as crisis intervention; criminal investigation at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels; criminal law; accident investigation; physical education; and use of and competence in firearms including responsibility for weapons and ammunition. Speaks before service groups and interested groups of citizens on all aspects of law enforcement and law enforcement training. Assists in scheduling courses for local officers throughout the State and in pre-employment and promotional examinations for municipal departments and sheriffs. Assists in analyzing the training needs of various police and enforcement agencies and adjusts training to these needs. May personally design training programs based on the needs of the law enforcement community. Participate as member of the instructional team regarding collaboration and oversight with adjunct faculty and other partners regarding training standards and program expectations. May prepare notices of training events, solicit candidates for specific offerings and screen applications for programs. Arranges space and equipment for specific training events. Performs related work as required.

Environmental Factors:

Duties are performed largely in an office and classroom setting. . Some training activities are conducted outside and in inclement weather. Private means of transportation may be required for in-state and out of state travel. Incumbents must be able to work during periods from 5:00 a.m. to as late as 10:00 p.m. at a minimum. Occasional weekends and at least one overnight stay per week are required. Incumbents must be capable of participating as leaders in physical training programs and be able to perform necessary exercise drills.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of accident and criminal investigation methods and techniques, including research-based best practice models.

Knowledge of individual and group dynamics.

Knowledge of motor vehicle and criminal laws.

Knowledge of legal documents and their use.

Ability to learn and acquire skill in the preparation of curricula lesson plans, examinations, and methods of evaluating student progress.

Competence in the use of firearms.

Ability to personally demonstrate and conduct physical education exercises.

Ability and willingness to attend and successfully complete advanced law enforcement and law enforcement training courses.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree AND three (3) years of full-time law enforcement experience.


Associate's degree AND five (5) years of full-time law enforcement experience, INCLUDING experience in developing and delivering training as a field training officer or instructor.


High School graduation degree or equivalent AND seven (7) years of full-time law enforcement experience, INCLUDING experience in developing and delivering training as a field training officer or instructor.

Special Requirements:

Must be certified, or eligible for certification, as a full-time Vermont law enforcement officer.

Must pass and maintain physical training assessment at 40th percentile per Cooper Standards.