Special Operations Unit

VSP Marine Unit patrol on Lake ChamplainThe Special Operations Unit is a specialized component of the Vermont State Police designed to advance department objectives across a variety of program-specific fields. The Special Operations Unit oversees traffic safety, recreational safety and enforcement, and all department special teams.

Members assigned to the Special Operations Unit accomplish task-specific missions requiring unique expertise. They complete preparations for special events occurring within Vermont and supplement field units across all department divisions during critical incidents. These resources also are available to assist our local, county, state and federal law-enforcement partners within Vermont and, when requested, throughout New England. Special Operations members with VP Mike Pence, September 2018

Special Operations Unit members are trained across a variety of specialty fields including crash reconstruction, drug recognition, highway safety and impaired driving issues, canine operations, bomb technician, tactical operations, search and rescue operations, unmanned aircraft systems, and recreation enforcement. These members are called upon for support and to bring their expertise to active field operations. Many members also serve as instructors on their specialties within the Vermont law-enforcement community. They also ensure the Vermont State Police remains current with national standards and ever-changing technology.

The Special Operations Unit is commanded by Capt. David Petersen, and the executive officer is Lt. Tara Thomas.

Special Operations Commander

For questions about the Special Operations Unit, special teams or their capabilities, or other elements of the unit, please contact the Special Operations Commander: 

Captain David Petersen
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671


Special Operations Executive Officer

Lieutenant Tara ThomasLieutenant Tara Thomas
Special Operations | Executive Officer
Vermont State Police
2777 St. George Road
Williston, VT 05495
Phone: 802-872-4045

Contact Information

Vermont State Police HeadquartersVSP Seal
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
M - F / 8am - 4pm
Telephone - 802-244-8727

Please call your nearest VSP Barracks outside of normal business hours.

Information on public information requests, and contact information for our Public Information Officer can be found at vsp.vermont.gov/public.

Please click here to visit the Agency of Administration's Public Record Request Database.


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