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Law Enforcement Careers in Vermont

Vermont police training readies applicants for law enforcement jobs in Vermont at various levels. All applicants for law enforcement careers in Vermont must attend training at the Vermont Police Academy. This applies to municipal police officers, county sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, and Vermont state police troopers.

The Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council sets minimum standards and training goals for all law enforcement officers working in Vermont.

Police Officer Jobs in Vermont

Municipal police departments in Vermont employ police officers to guard the safety of the residents of Vermont’s cities and towns. The largest municipal police departments that may offer police officer jobs in Vermont include:

  • Colchester Police Department
  • Rutland Town Police Department
  • Rutland City Police Department
  • Essex Police Department
  • Burlington Police Department

Police officer jobs in Vermont may include:

  • Full-time police officer
  • Law enforcement liaison
  • Dispatcher
  • Police chief
  • Constable

Deputy Sheriff Jobs in Vermont

Sheriffs’ offices employ police who patrol counties in Vermont. Deputy Sheriff jobs in Vermont may involve assisting municipal law enforcement or state police, as well as upholding laws and preserving peace in the county. While sheriffs are elected, Deputy Sheriffs who work for them are not.


Deputy Sheriff jobs in Vermont may be available in the following county sheriff departments:

  • Windsor County – Woodstock
  • Windham County – Newfane
  • Washington County – Montpelier
  • Rutland County – Rutland
  • Orleans County – Derby
  • Orange County – Chelsea
  • Lamoille County – Hyde Park
  • Grand Isle County – North Hero
  • Franklin County – St. Albans
  • Essex County – Guildhall
  • Chittenden County – Burlington
  • Caledonia County – St. Johnsbury
  • Bennington County – Bennington
  • Addison County – Middlebury

Deputy Sheriff jobs in Vermont counties may include:

  • Deputy sheriff (sworn position)
  • Sheriff (elected position)

According to Vermont Crime Online statistics, in 2010 the Vermont county with the highest number of crimes was Chittenden County.

Qualifications for Becoming a Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff in Vermont

The Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council sets standards and training programs for police officers and deputy sheriffs in Vermont. Before entering basic training necessary for all police offices and deputy sheriffs in Vermont, one must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass a medical examination
  • Receive a score of 70 or above on the written entrance examination for the Vermont Police Academy
  • Pass the physical fitness assessment
  • Pass a background/character investigation
  • Pass psychological testing

State Trooper Jobs With the Highway Patrol in Vermont

The Vermont State Police are responsible for protecting the state’s highways and citizens in 200 towns located in Vermont. State trooper jobs with the highway patrol and/or state police in Vermont may be located in the following areas:

  • Headquarters- Waterbury
  • Traffic Safety Unit – Williston
  • Office of Professional Development – Pittsford
  • Troop A – St. Albans, Middlesex, Williston
  • Troop B – St. Johnsbury, Bradford, Derby
  • Troop C- Rutland, Shaftsbury, New Haven
  • Special Investigations – Burlington

State trooper jobs with the highway patrol in Vermont include:

  • State trooper
  • Correctional officer
  • Corrections assistant superintendent

From 2009 to 2010, the total number of crimes statewide in Vermont dropped by 9.37 percent, according to Vermont Crime Online statistics.

Qualifications for Becoming a State Trooper in Vermont

  • All applicants must be at least 20 years old
  • Vision uncorrected may not be worse than 20/200
  • Applicants must not have used illegal drugs within a year of applying
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants must be Vermont residents upon graduating from the Vermont Police Academy
  • Applicants must pass the mandatory physical assessment
  • Applicants must pass a general knowledge written test given by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council
  • Applicants must pass the MMPI-2 psychological exam
  • Applicants must pass a background investigation
  • Applicants must pass a polygraph test
  • Applicants must have no felony convictions on record
  • If accepted, applicants must attend the Vermont Police Academy for approximately 26 weeks

General Hiring Practices for Law Enforcement Jobs in Vermont

All law enforcement jobs in Vermont, whether at the municipal, county or state level, require that the applicant first pass the Vermont Police Academy written examination. Under the training standards of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council (VCJTC), all members of any police department in the state must complete at least 792 hours of training in the following subjects, and receive certification from the VCJTC:

  • Basic law
  • Introduction to criminal justice
  • Firearms training/qualification
  • Human values/problems
  • Physical conditioning/training
  • Police skills
  • Police procedures

Vermont Law Enforcement Salaries

As reported in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, which was published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 these were the median Vermont law enforcement salaries:

  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $73,140
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $43,300
  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $70,820

Salaries among Detectives and Criminal Investigators within Vermont

Area name
Annual mean wage
Burlington-South Burlington VT
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in Vermont

Police officer salaries in Vermont are often different between cities. As an example, the Burlington Police Department offers an annual base pay rate of $44,231.77 for entry-level police officers. However, the salary schedule goes all the way up to $52,515.07 depending on prior full-time law enforcement experience.

During 2010, the Burlington and South Burlington areas were the highest paying areas for police officers in Vermont. There, they earned a median annual income of $47,200 with those in the top ten percent earning $60,500.

Salaries among Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers within Vermont

Area name
Annual mean wage
Burlington-South Burlington VT
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area

State Trooper Salary in Vermont

In Vermont, state troopers working for the Vermont State Police receive a starting base salary of $41,990. However, if you have previously completed a training academy program in conjunction with at least 3 years of prior experience as a police officer, the base salary given will be $51,944. Salary raises are given thereafter through seniority steps leading to a top salary of $74,075.

Salaries among Police Supervisors and Detectives within Vermont

Area name
Annual mean wage
Burlington-South Burlington VT
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area

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