Contact Phil Cykon, Program Director
Phone: (802) 865-5595
As part of the Champlain/ Vermont Police Academy program, two graduating seniors are chosen to win two prestigious awards, the Director's Award and the Eugene Gaiotti Award. In 2012, Champlain student Keith Cote became the only Champlain graduating senior to receive both awards.
Director's Award—Presented to the member of the graduating class who demonstrates extremely high levels of the 10 core values determined by the training staff, particularly leadership, professionalism, discipline and teamwork. The winner of the Director's Award is the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his or her Basic Class. Their selection reflects great credit upon them, their department, and the Vermont police community in general. The winner typically receives a gift from the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police in recognition of their achievement.
The Eugene Gaiotti Award — Presented to the member of the graduating class in memory of Inspector Gene Gaiotti of the Vermont Department of Liquor Control, who was killed while on duty in 1989 after serving over 28 years in Vermont law enforcement. The Gaiotti Award is significant because the recipient is selected by his or her classmates based on their levels of honesty, loyalty, motivation and teamwork. The winner typically receives a gift from the Vermont Police Association in recognition of the achievement.