Captain Lianne Tuomey is a 20-year veteran police officer having served in all facets of policing. Her first love is patrol and she stays active by participating in roadwork. She retired from the Burlington Vermont Police Department as a Lieutenant to pursue career opportunities with the University of Vermont Police Services.
In her leadership position as Captain (Assistant Chief) Lianne is responsible for all police and service operations at the department. Some of those responsibilities include patrol, investigative services, professional standards/internal affairs, crime prevention and the civilian Service Officer Corps. In the course of her career, Captain Tuomey has been awarded the Medal of Valor, the Medal of Lifesaving, the Crisis Negotiator Award, the Meritorious Service medal and in 2002 her current department members honored Lianne by nominating her to receive the department's Leadership Award.
Captain Tuomey is an adjunct instructor at the Vermont Police Academy where she teaches, coaches and mentors new officers in patrol procedures, firearms/use of force, crisis intervention, and communication/negotiation skills. She has been an adjunct professor at Norwich University and is a recognized expert and lecturer nationally and internationally in Critical Incident Stress Management.
Lianne is also a CALEA assessor and has lectured at regional conferences on topics such as promotional and hiring processes. Captain Tuomey also instructs in-service courses on dealing with emotionally disturbed persons, Mobil Field Force operations and interviewing for selection and hiring of police candidates.
Captain Tuomey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy where she served as her section's leader, and has been asked to guest lecture at the FBI National Academy on critical incident stress management programs and hate crime case analysis and profiling.
She has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Social Work with a focus on system and organizational dynamics of human service providers.
Captain Tuomey has been a member of NAWLEE since 1999 and has served since 2001 as the Chair of the Mentoring Advisory Board. Her personal and professional mission statement is, 'To challenge myself, and inspire others to seek our full potential, individually and collectively in attaining our goals -- To be of public service.' She looks forward to being of service to NAWLEE in the next year and to collectively meeting the current and future leadership challenges in law enforcement.