About Us

Colonel Tom L'Esperance

The Vermont State Police is a full-service law enforcement agency that provides primary law enforcement services to approximately 200 towns, 90 percent of the land mass, and 50 percent of the population in Vermont. Our Emergency Communication Dispatchers answer approximately 89 percent of all the E-911 calls made in Vermont. In addition, the specialized resources of the Vermont State Police support our local, county and federal partners in times of need.

The 327 sworn members and 90 emergency dispatchers and civilian support staff that work for the Vermont State Police make a difference in the safety of Vermonters and visitors, every day. The Vermont State Police is committed to excellence, including our Mission, Vision, and Values through strategic planning.

Colonel Thomas L’Esperance is the director of the Vermont State Police.  He oversees the three divisions of the department. 

  • The Field Force Division, commanded by Major Walt Goodell, consists of twelve field stations throughout Vermont.
  • The Criminal Division, commanded by Major Glenn Hall, investigates major crimes including drugs and other specialized investigations. 
  • The Support Services Division, commanded by Major William Sheets, oversees recruitment, training, technology, public information and Internal Affairs.  Major Sheets also serves as the Department's Executive Officer.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Vermont State Police is to individually and collectively serve and protect by providing the highest quality of professional law enforcement services.

Vision Statement

The Vermont State Police will strive as leaders in law enforcement to be the safest state in the nation.

Values

COURAGE - Troopers will have the inner strength to face danger and conflict while making difficult decisions under stress and pressure.

HONOR - Troopers will maintain a value system based upon truth and honor.

INTEGRITY - Troopers will always maintain a character of high standards in accordance with the Vermont State Police Rules and Regulations and do what is legally, ethically and morally right.

Shoulder Patch

The Vermont State Police shoulder patch is a modification of the Seal of Vermont and the State's Coat of Arms originally designed by Ira Allen of the Green Mountain Boys' fame. The mountain peaks are Camel's Hump and Mount Mansfield as viewed from a point opposite Burlington. The Vermont State Police shoulder patch was adopted in 1947 by Major General Merritt A. Edson, the first Commissioner. Request a should patch by email. Or to receive a Vermont State Police shoulder patch send a check in the amount of $3.50 made payable to the Vermont Department of Public Safety at the address below. There is a limit of three patches per person.

VSP Shoulder PatchVermont Department of Public Safety
Field Force Division - Shoulder Patch Request
ATTN: Linda Willey
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2101