SHAFTSBURY — Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police, announced Lt. Steven Coote, director of recruiting and training/Office of Professional Development in Pittsford, has transferred to commander/Shaftsbury Field Station.

Lt. Coote has served Vermont for more than 16 years. He began his career in 2005 as a trooper assigned to the Rutland Barracks and as part of that assignment, spent six years at the former Castleton outpost. In 2013, he was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Office of Professional Development/Training Division based at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford. Three years later, he transferred as a sergeant/patrol commander to the New Haven Barracks, where he worked for a year before transferring into the same role at the Rutland Barracks. He was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as the director of recruiting and training at OPD in December 2017. In his various assignments at OPD, Lt. Coote has served as an instructor on topics including fair and impartial policing, leadership, Taser use and use of force.

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