Vermont State Police receives CALEA Accreditation
The Department of Public Safety and the Vermont State Police are proud to announce that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) has awarded the Vermont State Police with official CALEA Accreditation. Received this past weekend, this CALEA award makes the Vermont State Police the second Vermont law enforcement agency to currently meet the state-of-the-art standards required for this national law enforcement recognition. The CALEA Accreditation award was presented to Vermont State Police Director Colonel Matthew T. Birmingham, and Office of Professional Standards Commander Lieutenant Dee Barbic in Mobile, Alabama Saturday evening. The recognition comes after a multi-year effort, overseen and coordinated by Lieutenant Barbic, to identify and address areas within the Vermont State Police requiring improvement to meet CALEA standards. Colonel Birmingham commented after receiving the award, “I want to thank all members of the Vermont State Police, and especially Lieutenant Barbic, for their efforts in achieving this award. As a law enforcement agency working for all Vermonters, we hold ourselves to the highest professional standards on a daily basis, and want Vermonters to be assured of that. The CALEA accreditation is a standard Vermonters can be proud of, and hold us to as we serve around the state.” Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson also congratulated VSP on the achievement, “As an organization solely dedicated to improving the delivery of public safety services, the CALEA Accreditation achieved by the Vermont State Police is highly meaningful and important. Holding law enforcement agencies to high professional standards for performance and training translates to improved and more professional service to our citizens. I am very proud to be working with and for an organization with these kinds of high standards in law enforcement. My thanks to Colonel Birmingham and Lieutenant Barbic for their outstanding work in achieving this accreditation”. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 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. This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards. Please visit the CALEA website for more information. 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.
Trooper helps deliver Lombardi Trophy to Bangor after car hits deer
Maine State Police Trooper Tyler Maloon acknowledges he never knows what he will encounter when he goes to work every day. But he knows the call he handled early Saturday will be one for the books: He unexpectedly transported the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The 23-year-old trooper responded Saturday to a report of an accident involving a northbound car that had struck a deer just after 1 a.m. on Interstate 95 near Exit 133 in Fairfield. He offered to give the driver and passenger a ride to the Irving gas station in Pittsfield, where the driver’s father would be waiting to pick them up. They were an amiable couple, Allen Lennox Jr. and his wife, Megan. Their Mazda sedan had been damaged and was not drivable, so it had been towed away from the scene. As they traveled the 17 miles north on the interstate to Pittsfield, Maloon chatted with the couple in the back seat. “I said, ‘What brings you up here? Just traveling?’ Maloon recalled asking. “They said: ‘Yeah, we left today to try to beat the storm. We have to be in Bangor for a presentation,’ and they started talking about a trophy. I asked what they were talking about and she piped up and said her husband works for the Patriots and they have a trophy in the back seat. “I didn’t say anything for a few minutes, and then I was like, ‘You’re telling me the Lombardi Trophy is in my car right now?’ Maloon said in an interview later Saturday that he learned Allen Lennox works for the New England Patriots’ team operations at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5. The couple were taking the Lombardi Trophy, which is awarded each year to the team that wins the Super Bowl, to Bangor for a presentation at the Cross Insurance Center. They needed to be back in Massachusetts afterward for opening day Monday at Fenway Park, where another presentation is scheduled.“It was definitely mind-blowing,” Maloon said. “I even said that in the car, and they both laughed. It was cool.” Driving in the dark with the Lennoxes to Pittsfield, Maloon did not see the trophy until they got to the Irving station off Somerset Avenue in Pittsfield. Allen Lennox produced it from a case and bag, Maloon recalled. “He took it out and let me touch it, and then he put it back,” he said, adding that Allen Lennox took Maloon’s photograph with the trophy. The accident was the last call Maloon covered on his shift Saturday. “I had 10 or 11 calls yesterday – three different crashes. You never know what’s going to happen, being a trooper, on a day-to-day basis.” When the young trooper reached home in Pittsfield, he posted a story on Facebook about the incident and Katie England, who handles social media for the Maine State Police, posted the story and photo on the state police Facebook page with Maloon’s comments. “My mind was blown – seriously what are the odds! A story for the ages!” Maloon’s post says. In the post, he recounts the incident and his discovery. A Patriots fan, Maloon was excited about his encounter, as was his girlfriend, two young children and other family members, including his grandparents who live in Pittsfield. “People are just kind of mind-blown, just like I was, that the trophy was actually in our town for a short while,” Maloon said.
Firefighters honored for saving state trooper's life
Department of Public Safety Trooper Ronald Slay underwent a physical assessment test on Sept. 8, 2016 at the Killeen DPS office and was driving home when he suddenly felt ill. He stopped at Killeen Fire Station No. 3, and it’s a good thing he did, because he was suffering a major heart attack. Firefighters John MacDonald, Brian Hammes, and Clark Channel checked him out as they waited for paramedics Matthew Harper and Chris Shelley to arrive. On the way to the hospital, Harper and Shelly performed CPR after he went into cardiac arrest. Slay made a full recovery and returned to work in January. "We take a lot of things for granted and it was just a blessing to see the sun the grass the trees,” Slay said. “I made it a habit when I recovered to go back and talk to those guys and send flowers and just let them know how much I appreciated them. "The five firefighters were presented with the Department of Public Safety Director’s Award during a ceremony Friday at the Killeen Central Fire Station. "In our day-to-day routine of taking patients to the hospital, we usually don't get to see what the outcome is or ever cross paths with that patient again,” MacDonald said. “So it was really good to see the outcome and now we have a lifelong friendship with Mr. Slay.”
Firefighters honored for saving state trooper's life