Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police has added a new civilian recruiting specialist position to the agency’s Office of Professional Development, the Pittsford-based unit whose responsibilities include attracting new sworn members to the ranks of the VSP. .
Dale Nelson, a Vermont native who grew up on a dairy farm in Derby, becomes the first civilian to hold the title of recruiter with the Vermont State Police. He joins a recruiting team led by Lt. Thomas Mozzer and works alongside Sgt. Dan Bennett.
“I am thrilled to take on this role with the Vermont State Police and to contribute my skills to the vital task of helping this agency grow its membership,” Nelson said.
Nelson graduated from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida with a bachelor’s degree in film and a master’s degree in entertainment business. He is passionate about videography and has been using his advanced skills since starting with VSP earlier this year to create recruiting and marketing materials focused primarily on social media content. He’s traveled across Vermont to profile soldiers, highlight the work of special teams, ride during patrol shifts, and more.
In addition, Nelson is involved in more traditional recruiting initiatives such as job fairs and coordinating ad campaigns, and he’s helping launch the upcoming Vermont State Police presence on TikTok.
“Videography is a great marketing medium for the agency,” Nelson said. “Recruiting has never been more important than it is right now, and I love thinking outside the box to create and deliver the right message. I’m privileged to work with a great group of people and I am excited about what awaits me in the future.
Nelson’s addition to the PSV team comes at a time when police departments across the country are experiencing staffing challenges. Currently, the Vermont State Police has approximately 48 vacancies in its authorized strength of 333 sworn soldiers.
“We couldn’t welcome Dale to the State Police at a more important time than this,” said Capt. Teresa Randall, who as VSP staff operations commander oversees the Bureau. professional development. “His work producing compelling and engaging videos is already raising the profile of the Vermont State Police, and we look forward to seeing more as Dale continues in this new position.”
Examples of Nelson’s work can be viewed on VSP’s Facebook page and includes recent features on the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, State Police Scuba Diving Team and Vital Work dispatchers at public safety response points.
PITTSFORD, Vt. (Friday, May 27, 2022) — Vermont State Police