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Former Rutland trooper Birmingham named director of the Vermont State Police


Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith W. Flynn hands over a badge to Colonel Matthew T. Birmingham

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith W. Flynn announced Aug. 7 the change of command of the Vermont State Police (VSP). Effective at 3 p.m. that day, Colonel Matthew T. Birmingham became the 13th director of the VSP.

Birmingham has been with the Vermont State Police since 1998. He started his career as a trooper assigned to the Rutland Barracks. In 2002, he transferred to the Vermont Drug Task Force as a criminal investigator and moved up through the ranks of the state police as commander of the Vermont Drug Task Force, commander of Special Investigations, and most recently served as deputy director for the state police for the past year.

Col. Birmingham spent a majority of his career focused on fighting the opiate epidemic facing the state and will continue to make this one of his top priorities. He will continue to maintain the strong relationships that the Vermont State Police enjoys with every community in Vermont through its commitment to professionalism, accountability, and transparency.

“It is honor to serve the citizens of the state of Vermont as director of the Vermont State Police and I appreciate the trust that’s been placed in me by this appointment,” said Birmingham.

The previous director of the Vermont State Police, Colonel Thomas J. L’Esperance, has retired from the state police after 28 years of service.

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