Vermont's statewide law enforcement agency is the Vermont State Police. This force was created in 1947, and it was placed under the authority of the Department of Public Safety. Legislature created the police as a direct result of the disappearance of an 18-year-old girl in 1946. The girl was never found and case was never solved, but there was no state or local investigators to attempt to solve it. In effect, Vermont had to call on investigators from Connecticut and New York, then later the FBI with no viable leads in the case.
Divisions of Vermont Police
Special teams in the Vermont State Police include the following: Bomb Squad; Canine Teams; Crash Reconstruction Team, Crisis Negotiation Unit; Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team; Critical Incident Dispatch Team; Honor Guard; Member's Assistance Team; SCUBA Team; Search and Rescue Team and Tactical Services Unit.
In addition to special teams, there are three major divisions in the Vermont State Police: Field Force, Criminal and Support Services. The Field Force Division includes all uniformed patrolmen in the state and coordinates their staffing and coverage within 10 police stations throughout Vermont.
The Criminal Division of the Vermont State Police conducts specialized investigations, as well as those regarding major crimes and drugs/narcotics. The Support Services Division provides recruitment and training, manages public information and Internal Affairs investigations.
Requesting Vermont Police Records
Vermont police reports and records are available online or can be requested in person or via mail. Information needed to obtain these records includes the case number, date of incident, name of parties involved and type of incident.
The Vermont Crime Information Center also provides criminal history checks online through the Vermont Conviction Report Website using a name and date of birth. Fees are $30 per conviction report. If you need a notarized copy of your criminal history, you will need to request the results via mail.