PITTSFORD -- Monday marked the beginning of the three-week pre-basic academy for 25 Vermont State Police recruits. Upon completion, recruits will join the 16-week 98th Vermont Police Academy Class; along with 27 other officers from departments around the state.

"With the successful completion of this recruit class, the Vermont State Police will be fully staffed with 327 sworn members," said Col. Tom L’Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police. "We look forward to integrating our new members into our state police family and our Vermont communities; while continuing our tradition of providing exceptional, professional law enforcement services."

Out of the 25 recruits, 11 are from Vermont and 11 have military experience. The class is comprised of 21 males and four females -- including the first female Latino and African Americans hired by the Vermont State Police.

"We applaud the efforts of the Vermont State Police to hire troopers of color that helps create a diverse workforce that is more representative of the community they serve," said Curtiss Reed, executive director, Vermont Partnership. "This is part of the state police’s dedication in improving their organization through training in bias-free policing and creating opportunities for qualified applicants."

During pre-basic training, recruits learn about department history, Vermont geography and history, defensive tactics, firearms, and ethics.


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Recruits learn about Vermont criminal law, motor vehicle law, patrol procedures, crash investigation, report writing, firearms, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation.

A typical day in pre-basic training begins at 5 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. The day begins with physical training, cleaning of quarters, breakfast, and classes in the morning. After lunch, classroom training continues. The day ends with physical training, dinner, and an additional training class for Drill & Ceremony, Communication, or Decision Making.