New leader of police professional standards

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Detective Sgt. Dave Petersen, Bureau of Criminal Investigation Unit assigned to the St. Johnsbury Field Station and Vermont State Police Bomb Squad Team Leader, was promoted to Lt. Commander of the Office of Professional Standards on June 12.

Petersen is assuming command of the Office of Professional Standards from Lt. Dee Barbic, who retired June 10 after 26 years of service to Vermont. In her role as the professional standards commander, Barbic supervised the Vermont State Police effort to achieve CALEA accreditation. The VSP was awarded accreditation on March 25. Peterson will continue the VSP Office of Professional Standards mission to oversee the continual review and revision of VSP policies and practices.

Petersen has served Vermonters for 16 years as a member of the VSP, graduating from the Vermont Police Academy in 2001. He began his career as a trooper assigned to the St. Johnsbury Field Station and has held several positions through his career to include patrol sergeant and detective sergeant with BCI. Petersen assumed command of the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad in 2014 and will continue in this role as the bomb squad commander.

He can be reached at the Vermont State Police headquarters at 45 State Drive in Waterbury; by phone at 802-241- 5618, and email at David.Petersen@vermont.gov .

To find out more about the Office of Professional Standards and its mission for Vermonters, visit http://vsp.vermont.gov/support/professionalstandards.

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