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This interactive presentation will explore the intersection of public safety, emergency response, and the criminal justice system with mental health.
Michael Schirling is the Chief of Police of the Burlington, VT Police Department, a position he has held since 2008. The Department consists of approximately 170 employees, 137 full time, including 100 sworn officers, serving a population of 42,000 and a greater metropolitan area of approximately 150,000. Prior to becoming Chief he served in a variety of roles including Deputy Chief supervising the Administrative/Support Services Bureau encompassing a number of divisions including Emergency Management/Homeland Security, Detectives/Investigations, and Communications. He was a Lieutenant responsible for coordinating policing services for the City’s Old North End District; a former Director of and Investigator at the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations – a multi-agency task force responsible for sex crimes and major child abuse investigation for Vermont’ largest County; and a co-founder and former Task Force Commander of the VT Internet Crimes and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces.
A native of Burlington, VT he is a graduate of Burlington High School. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Education, both from the University of Vermont.
In 2005, he began contract work with the U.S. State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program to conduct overseas training and consulting for foreign governments in Internet investigations and the design, operation and supervision of computer forensic laboratories. He was spoken and lectured throughout the United States for a host of organization including extensive work with the National District Attorney’s Association on topics ranging from Computer Facilitated Crime to Crimes Against Children and Violence Against Women issues.
Mike is a youth sports coach, scuba diver, boater, woodworker, and private pilot. He lives in Burlington with his wife and two children.