Sr. Trooper Michelle LeBlanc is in her 14th year with the Vermont State police.
Upon graduation from Norwich as a member of the Corp of Cadets, with a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice, Michelle entered the US Army as a Military Police Officer. Michelle spent 5 years active duty in the Army. Upon completing her career in the US Army, Michelle started her career as a Vermont State Trooper in the 67th Basic class in February 1999.
Upon graduating from the Police Academy in May of 1999, Michelle was stationed at the Williston State Police Barracks where she is still currently assigned. In the spring of 2005, Michelle was selected to be part of the Vermont State Police K9 Unit. Michelle attended a 16 week patrol school with her K9, K9 Casko and in November of 2005 graduated from the 25th Basic Patrol class as only the third VSP female State Trooper to be a K9 handler. In December 2006, Michelle and K9 Casko graduated from the Basic Narcotics detection school.
Since becoming a K9 handler, Michelle has received many K9 awards to include the Tracking Team of the Year in ’06 and ‘07, the K9 Team of the Year in ’08 and ’10, the K9 Lifesaving Award in ’10,the K9 Apprehension of the Year Award in ’10, the K9 Public Service Award in ’10 and the Dedicated Service Award in ’07 ,’09 and 2012. Michelle served as vice president of the Vt. Police Canine Association (VPCA) from ’07′ to ’10 and as president of the VPCA from 2010-2012. Michelle hopes to continue to excel in her career as a K9 team and one day hopes to run the Vermont State Police K9 program.
Officer Mark Redmond and K-9 Kaiser
South Burlington Police Department
Mark has12 years of service as a patrol officer, a school resource officer and a K-9 handler. He also has 19 years of service with the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve. Officer Redmond and K-9 Kaiser graduated Basic Canine Patrol School in November 2008 and graduated Basic Drug Detection in April 2009. Mark is currently serving as Vice President of the Vermont Police Canine Association.