Phase 2 - Testing
- Written test - This requirement is currently suspended. The Vermont Criminal Justice Council expects to replace the previous entrance test with a new exam in the near future; but until that date the Council will not require the administration of a written exam for a candidate’s admission to any Vermont Police Academy training.
- PT Test - The Vermont Police Academy offers the physical fitness test regularly for candidates to assess their fitness level and prepare for the Level III Orientation Physical Fitness test, which candidates are required to pass to attend the Level III academy. The current physical fitness test is a 2,000 meter row for time. For more information about the test and to calculate your required time, visit the Vermont Criminal Justice Council's Physical Training Standards page
- MMPI - This test consists of all True/False questions. A psychologist will review the applicant’s answers to see if the applicant is emotionally suited for a position in law enforcement.
The written test (currently not required), physical fitness test, and MMPI-2 psychological exam are all given on the same day. Candidates should arrive at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, VT at 8:30AM with a valid photo ID and dressed in PT gear. PT will start at 9:00AM. For candidates who will be continuing with the MMPI, the test will begin immediately following the PT test. If you are a candidate only registered for the MMPI please arrive by 9:30 to check-in.
Phase 3 - Interview
Among other things, the oral interview is intended to evaluate the applicant’s judgment, motivation, communication skills, attitude, and potential for prejudice. The application and Personal History information will be reviewed at the oral interview.
Phase 5 - Chief's Interview
After this interview with the Chief of Police, the decision will be made whether or not to extend an offer of employment.
Phase 6 - Medical Screening
This examination is designed to reveal any medical condition that may inhibit work performance or contribute to work related disabilities. A qualified physician contracted for such service by the University will conduct the medical examination. This exam will be at no cost to the candidate.
Phase 7 - Hiring
Once all examinations are completed, the Chief/Director will seek Administrative approval to offer probationary status to the selected candidate.
Police Academy: You are required to attend and successfully complete the 17 week mandatory Academy Training. The program requires you live and train at the Vermont Police Academy, located in Pittsford, VT Monday through Friday. If you have no previous training, you will be required to attend approximately 3 weeks of post-basic classes. In addition, UVM Police services may require a pre- and/or post-basic training program.
Candidates are employed by the University during the Academy. They receive their salary, earn overtime, and are eligible for all benefits afforded UVM Police staff.
Field Training Program: The department has a 12-week extensive field-training program, which all new police employees must successfully complete.