Public Safety/Criminal Justice

This program is designed for students who want to learn what it takes to become a law enforcement officer; wear the gear of a firefighter; understand the diversity of the correctional system; examine the duty of the courts and collect and examine evidence like a forensic investigator.  Through hands-on skill building, guest speakers, field trips and career exploration projects, students investigate the variety of career opportunities available to them in public safety and criminal justice while earning industry-recognized credentials through the Federal Emergency Management Institute.

What We Do

Course objectives are covered through: guest speakers, field trips, career exploration projects, lecture and class discussion, project based learning, and simulated crime scene activities and patrol procedure scenarios.

Program Instructor

June Kelly

June Kelly began her teaching career with the Vermont Police Academy, as an in-service training instructor teaching various police skills. She started teaching at Stafford Technical Center in August 2019. She is a graduate of St. Michael’s College with an M.Ed. in Curriculum, Trinity College with a B.A. in Sociology/Criminal Justice, and A.A.S. from the Community College of the Air Force in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. She worked in Vermont policing for more than 30 years and during her career, she served as a police officer, deputy sheriff, detective, Sergeant, and as a crew chief in the Air National Guard. She served as the Assistant Director at the Vermont Police Academy for over 10 years. June is a graduate of the 172nd session of the FBI National Academy. She enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing, and volunteering as an Adjutant for her American Legion Post helping other veterans.

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Rebecca Heibler, Class of 2015

It’s a once in a lifetime chance to learn a trade/skill in something you enjoy and it’s all paid for. You can come out of school with a better chance to land your dream job. Take a chance and attend Stafford!




Program Advisory Committee

Name Business
Sheriff David Fox Rutland County Sheriff’s Department
Chief Lovett Rutland City Fire Department
Lt. Kevin Geno Rutland County Sheriff’s Department
Mark Stockton Stockton Security
MSgt Benjamin Rogers United States Army National Guard
SSgt Colby Cummings United States Army Career Development
Michael Dion Vermont State Police
Thomas Giffin VT Dept of Corrections, Ret
Melanie Gaiotti Vermont Department of Liquor Control

Dual Enrollments/College Credits

College credits through the Community College of Vermont for Introduction to Criminal Justice


American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED, Industry recognized Credentials earned through online coursework from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), State of Vermont Mandated Reporter training, Conover Workplace Readiness, and Students completing 90% of the Core Competencies will receive a certificate from Stafford Technical Center.

Average Career Salaries

Jobs Average Salary
Private Security $29,710
Forensics $59,150
Emergency Medical Services $35,400
Firefighter $50,850
Military $39,655 
Law Enforcement $65, 170

*Average Salaries for the State of Vermont taken from Zip Recruiter (


Requirements For This Program

Recommended Prerequisites:

able to perform customary measurement; ability to perform physical activities in a gym and during simulated scenarios, ability to work well with others, effective communication skills,  maturity and integrity, and commitment to avoid unlawful and delinquent behavior.

Reading Level of course materials: Grade 10
Scales for standards assessed in this program