Office of Professional Standards

On March 25th, 2017, the Vermont State Police, the state’s largest police agency, was awarded CALEA accredition, the standard for law enforcement accreditation throughout the country.  

View the CALEA Accreditation Letter.

The Vermont State Police Proffesional Standards Unit regularly reviews and revises policies that apply to the everyday actions of all troopers and employees to improve the delivery of public safety services.  In addition to the continual policy review and revision, professional training and education for Troopers and employees of the Vermont State Police is an integral part of remaining current with accepted practices and standards. 

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The purpose of CALEA’ s law Enforcement Accreditation program is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.

Achieving and maintaining “accredited status” is an on-going project for all accredited law enforcement agencies and requires constant monitoring and periodic updating of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with internationally accepted law enforcement accreditation standards.

Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to:

  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
  • Formalize essential management procedures;
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices;
  • Improve service delivery;
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.

With this award, the Vermont State Police becomes the 10th state police agency in the country to be CALEA accredited.  Currently, there are 634 fully accredited law enforcement agencies, including the UVM Police Department, in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  CALEA Accreditation is guaranteed for 4 years, however agencies must continue to meet the standards required by CALEA to retain the recognition beyond that period.   The size of accredited agencies varies from six to over eleven thousand personnel. 

The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency.

This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards.

Professional Standards Commander

The Office of Professional Standards is commanded by Lieutenant David Petersen.  He can be reached through VSP Headquarters.

Lieutenant David Petersen
Vermont State Police Headquarters
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 671-1300 
802-241-5618