State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $2 million* in state and local funds to Vermont.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $483,863
Justice Assistance Grant Program—8 Local Awards $166,008
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $1,437,836

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Vermont Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $483,863

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Barre 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Enforcement, Enhancement, and Interdiction Program $13,341
City of Burlington 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Community Justice and Interdiction in Crime and Drug Trafficking $56,852
City of Rutland 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Rutland Police Department JAG $25,015
City of St. Albans 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Keeping Our Streets Safe Project $14,251
City of Winooski 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Technological Enhancement Project Initiative $10,461
Town of Brattleboro 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $21,073
Town of Colchester 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $12,280
Town of Springfield 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program Equipment Purchase $12,735

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
State of Vermont 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Enhancing the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System $300,389
Vermont Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Vermont—A Systems Approach to Reentry $1,000,000
Vermont Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Vermont FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $42,264
Vermont Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 2014 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Funds $21,593
Vermont Department of Public Safety 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 2014 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Reallocation Project $43,186
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Vermont FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $30,404

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 87

Sworn Officers: 1,158

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 82% of the 87 law enforcement agencies in Vermont have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 24% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, no officers were feloniously killed or accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 68 officers were assaulted (0.14% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Vermont:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 893 759 -15.0
Murder and Manslaughter 8 10 25.0
Forcible Rape* 121 221 N/A
Robbery 112 73 -34.8
Aggravated Assault 652 546 -16.3
Property Crime 15,016 13,875 -7.6
Burglary 3,965 3,313 -16.4
Larceny-Theft 10,616 10,228 -3.7
Motor Vehicle Theft 435 334 -23.2
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (13,418) increased 2.64% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 1.73% (510), and property-related arrests increased 9.05% (1,989).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Vermont Judicial Bureau


Prisoner Admissions: 1,858
Prisoner Releases: 1,752
Total Prisoners: 2,078

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 7
Recidivism Rate*: 49.7%
Top Offenses: Burglary (males); aggravated domestic assault 2 and sale cocaine (females) (FY 2014)

Source: Vermont Department of Corrections
*Recidivism is defined as the presence of an offense committed after a release from incarceration that lead to a Court disposition of guilt by plea or verdict. Although a person might reoffend more than once, only the first reoffense is captured in these calculations for a given year’s releases.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), a RISS Center, serves Vermont. There are 53 Vermont criminal justice agencies that are members of NESPIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Vermont


In Vermont, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Statewide multijurisdictional task force run out of the Vermont State Police. The task force is composed of individuals from state and local law enforcement agencies. The priorities of 2013 and 2014 included heroin, opioids, prescription drugs, and crack cocaine interdiction.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

PDF IconDetails on Vermont’s priorities and planning process

State Administering Agency (SAA)

Department of Public Safety Keith Flynn, Commissioner

Vermont At-A-Glance

Total Population: 626,630
Population Under 18: 122,701
Population Over 65: 102,473

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Vermont State Police Colonel Matthew Birmingham, Director

Local Governments: 738
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 0
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Eric S. Miller—District of Vermont, Burlington Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Christopher Herrick, Director

Drug Courts: 6
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center