Police Officer Requirements – Vermont

Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council


The following minimum entry standards for basic training have been adopted by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council. All students seeking entry to basic training courses for both full-time and part-time law enforcement officers, unless otherwise noted, shall meet the minimum standards as set forth below:

a. Age

Candidate must be at least eighteen (18) years of age before acceptance into basic training. Maximum age will depend upon any existing mandatory retirement plans of hiring agency.

b. Education

Each candidate must – as a minimum standard – be a high school graduate or possess a high school equivalency diploma (G.E.D. certificate).

c. Medical Examination

  1. A comprehensive medical examination (conducted no more than six (6) months prior to the date of entry). The examination – to be performed by a licensed physician – is to reflect that the candidate is free of any disease or disability which would interfere with his physical performance in basic training. The physicians report must state that the candidate is physically capable of undergoing a rigorous physical exercise program.
  2. At the discretion of the Executive Director, upon reasonable cause or concern for the trainee’s health, a candidate must submit to reexamination by the Council’s physician. Failure to pass such reexamination will render a person ineligible for entry to basic training. Appeal of the determination must be filed in three (3) business days.

d. Written Examination

Each candidate for the Vermont Police Academy must achieve a minimum passing score of seventy (70) on the current Vermont Police Academy entrance examination as a prerequisite to acceptance into basic training. This examination shall be administered by the Council staff. At a minimum, the examination shall consist of the following subjects:

  1. Arithmetic;
  2. Reading Comprehension and Judgment;
  3. Observation and Retention; and
  4. Vocabulary.
  5. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be filed in writing with the Executive Director prior to testing.

e. Physical Fitness Assessment

Each candidate for the Vermont Police Academy must satisfactorily complete a physical fitness test and attain a minimum level of fitness as prescribed by the Council, prior to entry to any full-time basic training course.

f. Background and Character Check

Each candidate must successfully undergo a thorough, comprehensive background and character check conducted by the candidate’s prospective agency. Those individuals convicted of a felony will not be considered. Academy staff must have documentation that the candidate successfully meets this requirement. The background investigation shall include the submission of the applicant’s fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ascertain if a criminal history record exists. All fingerprint cards submitted to the FBI shall be routed through the fingerprint section of the Vermont Criminal Information Center (VCIC).

The VCJTC, in the case of tuition students, shall request from the VCIC criminal history record information for any person applying to be a law enforcement officer. The request shall be in writing and shall be accompanied by a release signed by the applicant.

The VCJTC through the VCIC shall request criminal history record information from the appropriate state criminal repositories in all states in which the VCJTC has reason to believe the applicant has resided or been employed. If no disqualifying record is identified at the state level, the VCJTC through the VCIC shall request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation a national criminal history record check of the applicant’s criminal history. The request to the FBI shall be accompanied by a set of the applicant’s fingerprints and a fee established by the VCIC. The VCIC shall send the VCJTC the criminal history record from any state repository and the FBI of an applicant about whom a request is made under this subsection or inform the VCJTC that no record exists. The VCJTC shall promptly provide a copy of the criminal history record, if any, to the applicant and shall inform the applicant that he or she has the right to appeal the accuracy and completeness of the record through the VCIC. Upon completion of the applicant process under this section, the applicant’s fingerprint card(s) shall be destroyed.

g. Psychological Testing

Each candidate’s prospective department must have submitted to the Council, documentation that the candidate has been psychologically tested through the use of a reliable and valid testing procedure and, in the reasonable opinion of the hiring agency; the candidate is presently emotionally suited for law enforcement work.

In accordance with the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s Rules and Regulations, Council Rule 20 states:
“The Council shall have the authority to revoke the certification of any person for the following reasons:

  1. Conviction of a felony subsequent to certification as a law enforcement officer;
  2. Failure to comply with in-service training requirements after being provided reasonable notice and timeframe for remediation of deficiency;
  3. A finding that the person’s certification was issued as the result of fraud; or,
  4. A finding that the person’s certification was issued as a result of error.
  5. For any other reason for which decertification is specifically authorized by statute.

This page contains information regarding decertified law enforcement officers in the State of Vermont since June 2013.