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Robert L. Evans

Robert Evans is the Vermont liaison for K-12 schools and works in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Public Safety. He is responsible for coordinating school crisis preparedness and planning statewide within Vermont, including scenarios such as an active shooters, natural disasters and other hazardous and life threatening events. In addition, Rob is a Manager in our Organizational Assessment team and participates in Public Safety Management StudiesTM, organizational assessments, arming support studies and related services, emergency management services, and other duties.

In March 2013, Rob retired from the Vermont State Police after serving 23 years in a variety of operational, training, homeland security and executive leadership positions within the organization. For 19 years, he was a member of the State Police SWAT team where he was an entry team member, sniper, breacher, active shooter instructor and team commander. Rob has extensive experience commanding hundreds of critical incidents throughout the state and has instructed local, county and state law enforcement officers in the areas of critical incident response and tactical command planning and management. In his last role as the Assistant Field Force Commander, Rob was the single Vermont State Police point of contact for all major events requiring special security operations. He had operational control of nine special response teams including SWAT, SCUBA, bomb squad, crisis negotiators, K-9 units, Clandestine Lab Response Team, search and rescue, crash reconstruction and the critical incident dispatch team. He has conducted pre-operational planning and implemented security operations for traffic control, security checkpoints, bomb detection, canine operations, access and control points, tactical and immediate action support, intelligence gathering, threat assessment and command and control operations. In addition, Rob also maintained command oversight of the State Police Marine Unit and the traffic operations section. In 2006, Rob led the tactical entry team that entered the building in response to an active shooter in the Essex (VT) Elementary School.

Rob has been an aggressive advocate for school crisis planning and, while continuing to work as a member of Vermont’s School Crisis Planning Committee, he works with other planning committee members to refine the Vermont School Crisis Planning Guide. Rob designed and implemented a statewide active shooter training program for local, county, state and federal law enforcement officers and worked with Vermont principals and superintendents associations to improve collaboration between public and private educational institutions and Vermont emergency first responders.

He was the statewide law enforcement coordinator for VT Emergency Management responsible for directing law enforcement and security operations during manmade or natural disasters. He has collaborated with Vermont’s Agencies of Transportation and Natural Resources, the Departments of Health, Public Safety and the Vermont National Guard to develop security action plans for implementation during statewide emergencies and critical incidents.

Rob is a distinguished military graduate from Ferrum College and is a George C. Marshal Award winner for outstanding leadership. Rob's tactical career began with the US Army as an Airborne Ranger assigned as a Scout Platoon Leader with the 4th Infantry Division. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Patrol and Tactical Operations sub-committee, and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association.

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