Police Officer Candidates Graduate from Basic Training


Left to Right – Deputy Chief Braedon Vail, Police Officer Oliver Keyser, Police Officer Mitchel Cable, Chief Phillip Kasten

White River Junction, Windsor County, Vermont, November 18, 2016 —- Hartford Police Chief Phillip S. Kasten, the Hartford Town Manager and Selectboard are pleased to announce the graduation of two Hartford Officers from the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s 102nd Basic Training Class of on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, Vermont.

  • Oliver Keyser, age 28, has served with the Vermont National Guard since 2009, with recent active duty roles as a Support Analyst, and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in Charge of Recruiting. He graduated from The Compass School in Westminster, Vermont during 2006.
  • Mitchel Cable, age 31, is a 2004 graduate of Hartford High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History Education from Colby-Sawyer College. The son of a retired Vermont State Trooper, Cable previously worked for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as a supervisory security officer. He has also served as a substitute teacher and referee with the Hartford & Lebanon School Districts.

A full service law enforcement agency, the Hartford Police Department and its Police Officers, like all Vermont Police Departments, are bound by State Law to meet the training requirements and standards for police as established by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.

Through the council’s oversight, Vermont has established and mandated statewide compliance with minimum standards for the selection, training and certification of all police officers.  It is during Basic Training that police officer candidates are required to successfully achieve and demonstrate proficiency with these professional standards.

Today’s graduation ceremony signifies the conclusion of 16 continuous weeks, (640) hours of academic and practical law enforcement training, covering Criminal and Constitutional Law, Use of Defensive Tactics and Weapons, Arrest procedures, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Community/Problem Oriented Policing, Criminal and Traffic Collision Investigations.  Following graduation, each of the police candidates will be paired with an experienced Hartford Police Officer for approximately sixteen weeks of Field Training.

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