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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

Off Site Links

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Alco-Sensor FST PBT device

Intoximeters offers complementary online training for the Alco-Sensor FST PBT device.  The link to the training is Click here for more information on the registration process. 

Officers can choose the “Supervisor” option when registering themselves for the training.  Students should have an AS FST device with them as they go through the program so they can practice the various procedures and registration will require them to enter a serial number in order to complete

Major Case Management


This course will arm you with a solid foundation to efficiently and effectively manage a variety of major case situations including multi-incident investigations, cross-jurisdictional cases, mass arrest projects, and more.

We will take you through the process of handling major cases beginning with the policies and infrastructure that should be in place before a situation occurs. We will examine a typical major case organizational structure and discuss the effective use of chain of command in both single agency and multi-agency situations.

Next we will take you step-by-step through the various components of major case management. You will learn how to handle the initial crisis, manage the crime scene, allocate personnel, track the leads and the investigation, coordinate the assisting agencies, and handle the news media. We will also discuss the pros and cons surrounding the use of 24-hour hotlines, citizen volunteers, confidential sources, special prosecutors, and others.

Throughout the course, you will learn about the state and federal resources available to you during these investigations. You will also learn the case reporting and documentation that should be completed along the way so that proper evaluation and debriefing can be done upon the conclusion of operations.

Topics Include

  • Major case management goals and objectives
  • Types and components of major cases
  • Multiple incident or “crime pattern” investigations
  • Extended resource/long term investigations
  • Multi-jurisdictional major cases
  • Undercover and sting operations
  • Mass arrest projects
  • Operational and support functions
  • Communications plan and information management
  • Lead management and follow-up
  • Single agency and multi-agency task force operations
  • Mutual aid agreements and memorandums of understanding
  • Special problems and common errors
  • State and federal resources
  • After action reporting and debriefing


New and veteran investigative unit supervisors, patrol supervisors seeking command responsibilities, division commanders, and agency executives.

This course is restricted to sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Length

24 hours

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Absolutely outstanding. Extremely knowledgeable instructor who literally wrote the book
    on major case management.” – J. D.
  • “Examples given provide clear explanation of how major case management is defined and worked,
    as well as the organizational aspect for success.” – S.W.
  • “Great class. Will definitely recommend this course to other supervisors within my agency.” – A.G.
  • “All areas from major to minor details are considered and explained.” – D.S.
  • ““Instructor was very knowledgeable on topic. He cares deeply about the course, police work and cops.
    Very well done.” – Sgt. S.R.
  • “Excellent class. Concepts are scalable and adoptable to many incidents/investigations and any size agency.” – Sgt. D.A.
  • “Mr. McDevitt is an outstanding instructor. His experience and knowledge is perfect for this course.” – Lt. B.V.
  • “Outstanding! Great experience and humor all in one!” – Det. Sgt. K.M.
  • “Instructor extremely knowledgeable. Case studies and stories applicable to materials…Excellent course!!!” – Lt. B.D.
  • “With riveting accounts of his past case studies, the class flowed from topic to topic effortlessly. The personal and professional experiences shared were incredible!” – Sgt. R.S.


    Meth Investigation Class

    • Date and Time: September 15 - 17 at the South Burlington Police Department

    • Cost: $ 255.00

    • Registration: Go to BBS Narcotics Enforcement Training & Consulting, LLC website at and click on the registration icon on home page

    The Meth Investigation Class is designed for all law enforcement officers interested in working narcotic cases.  The techniques taught in this training have been proven effective and are being used by detectives and uniformed officers around the country.  The student will learn investigative tactics they can put to use on their next shift.  The class will cover numerous topics- All about Meth, Meth Lab Awareness, Trends with Mexican Cartels and investigative techniques to include Controlled Buys, Use of Social Media, Undercover, Interdiction, Knock and Talks, Trash Runs, and Testifying in Court on a Drug Case; as well as other topics. Many investigative techniques can be used when investigating other drugs.  This class will look at additional dangers with Meth Investigations.

    The instructor for the class will be Brian Sallee.  Brian retired as detective from the Albuquerque Police Department.  He was a police officer for almost 40 years and spent over 31 years working narcotics units.  Brian has provided training to police officers from all 50 states as well as foreign police officers.  He has written two books; Narcotics Investigations: Working and Surviving and The Methamphetamine Handbook: What You Need to Know. 

    Police Applicant Background Investigation

    This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to conduct objective, thorough, and legally sustainable applicant background investigations reflective of the professional standards of your agency.

    The training will guide you through the relevant Federal and State Statutes; up-to-date case law and Supreme Court decisions; and administrative regulations surrounding the selection and employment of personnel. We will also detail Federal and State fair employment laws; public records requirements; EEOC employment guidelines; and ADA legislation and the impact of these regulations on the applicant background investigation and applicant selection.

    You will learn which private and governmental internet search engines can provide the most useful background information and data; the type of information to expect from a psychological evaluation; proper procedures for drug screening; and techniques for conducting interviews of applicants, references, previous employers, friends and neighbors. We will also address how to properly document the investigative findings in a comprehensive report.

    At the conclusion of the course, you will participate in a practical exercise designed to simulate the applicant background investigative process.

    Topics Include

    • Role of the background investigator
    • Identifying job dimensions
    • Background policy and procedure
    • Legal issues in background investigations
    • ADA and hiring
    • Psychological screening
    • Veteran’s preference
    • Drug screening
    • Sources of information and data
    • Conducting the background investigation
    • Proper interviewing techniques
    • Factual and objective background reports
    • Practical exercise


    Public safety, law enforcement, corrections, human resources, and communications personnel who are involved in the application for employment process, to include: applicant testing or assessment, the interview of applicants, the applicant background investigation, and/or the selection of applicants for employment.

    This course is restricted to sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel.

    Course Length

    40 hours

    What Our Students Are Saying

    • “Instructors were very approachable and encouraged feedback and class participation. They had a wealth of knowledge and experience related to subject matter.” – S.C.
    • “Very good course. Excellent reference material. Thank you!” – Lt. G.D.
    • “I found many useful tools to make my backgrounds more thorough. I learned a lot of things my agency could improve on when conducting backgrounds and things that we could do to protect ourselves legally.” – B.I.
    • “Great course for a new investigator or seasoned. Discussion and input from others was encouraged. Great for learning.” – A.L.
    • “One of the best courses I attended in my 20+ years of law enforcement.” – M.R.
    • “The instructor was extremely knowledgeable, both academically and applicable experience. He was an expert in this field and did a great job keeping the class interesting, oven through some dry material.” R.T. Background Investigator
    • “Instructors were up-to-date on current laws and procedures. I enjoyed the class.” – Det. M.R.
    • “The information provided was excellent. It was information overload in a positive way. Excellent instructor. Very knowledgeable. Well Done. A+” – Det. Sgt. M.C.
    • “Amazing course. Very informative and gives you a lot to think about. The handouts make a great reference manual.” – Sgt. F.S.G.
    • The class and instruction were outstanding.” J.T. Lieutenant, IA Commander
    • “The class clears up a lot of areas that I had no prior training on. I feel more confident in conducting background investigations. This class is very thorough.” Cpl. B.T., Training/Recruitment
    • “This course provided updated materials and innovative ways of doing background investigations.” – Sgt. T.H.


    Street Academy - Survival Tactics for Police Officers

    Street Academy stresses the analysis of modern-day incidents so that students will learn to train for and focus on dangerous situations that they are likely to incur as modern law enforcement professionals. This course will focus on the urgency of understanding the fundamentals of officer survival, how reliable realistic training enhances our survivability, and how knowledge and understanding of tactical aspects of criminal investigations make us better professionals.  Street Academy will strongly encourage attendees to get back to their agencies and make safety and tactics a priority to enhance their safety both physically, legally and in turn enhance the agency’s safety and liability protection.

    This course will cover how committing small everyday tasks such as gear placement, and how proficiency in things like handcuffing and handgun reloads need to be committed to muscle memory to be performed subconsciously under severe stress. This course will open the eyes of younger officers and reinvigorate the seasoned cops and stress to them the importance of mental rehearsal, having pre-planned options for certain events, and stress inoculation so that under extreme duress our cognitive brain will be able to function and provide us with survival options from the “The Drop Down Menu in Our Brain.”

    The content of this course will go “beyond” the passenger side approach and discuss proper positioning options for back up officers, angles of fire, avoiding crossfire when sudden violence erupts and the ballistics of auto glass. Students will also explore the science of Boyd’s Loop / OODA Loop and how it applies to police work. We The instructor will break down the decision-making process in Boyd’s Loop and “flip the switch” to encourage cops to use this science to their advantage and stay ahead of violators in this tactical decision-making process. The instructor will dissect car stops from the pre-stop behavior of the police officer, all the way to arrest. Additionally, the instructor will cover “Pre-Emptive Tactics” used to avert disaster on car stops. Students will learn the tactical and survival aspects of vehicle positioning, vehicle approach, officer / violator contact, removing suspects from vehicles, handcuffing and Terry frisks,  modern approaches to “Contact Cover”, operating from a Position of Dominance when dealing with suspects, handcuffing, searching of suspects, searches of vehicles, “Pain Compliance v. Cognitive/Physical Dysfunction” techniques, and transporting prisoners.

    Supervisor leadership Institute

    • Date: August 23 - 27, 2021
    • Location: Essex Police Department 
    • Registration: Register online at or call 877-772-7712 for more information
    • Cost: $695.00

    The FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute (SLI) is a foundational 4½-day course that helps prepare the next generation of police leaders for their critical first steps in police leadership. Supervisors and managers at higher levels will benefit from the topics covered in this course, appreciating how first line supervisors are critical to the success of the organization. To lead others, we must first know ourselves and SLI takes us on that part of the leadership journey.  Among the modules covered in this course, students will find out how the DISC factors, Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance, can predict your behavior towards others in day-to-day interactions. The students will thoroughly examine the concepts of credibility, accountability, and motivation, while becoming familiar with aspects of liability and discipline that are vital to leadership at all levels of the organization

    The REID Technique of Investigative Interviewing and Advance Interrogation

    • Date: October 5 - 8
    • Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Location: Burlington Police Department 1 North Avenue Burlington, VT 05401
    • Cost: $600.00 per person, GSA rates available for Federal Employees.
      • Register by September 5, 2021 and use code EARLY$50 for $50 off
    • Registration: Register online at

    This single 4-day program is our most comprehensive program on THE REID TECHNIQUE® process. We have integrated all of our material from our standard 3-day program and our 1-day advanced program into a single presentation using one outline book to give participants a complete presentation of THE REID TECHNIQUE®.

    •    Interpret verbal and non-verbal behavior to assess the credibility of a victim, witness or suspect’s statements
    •    How to use behavior provoking questions in the interview process

    • Develop interrogation strategies
    • Develop themes (persuasive statements)
    • Develop the alternative question to elicit the first admission
    • Handle the more defiant subject and ‘overcome objections’; address the subject’s fears; move past the subject’s denials and motivate the subject to want to tell the truth

    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

    Visit The Summit Website

    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.