Chief Thomas R. Tremblay (Ret)
Consultant / Instructor Biography:
Throughout his distinguished thirty-year policing career as an officer, detective, special investigations unit director, supervisor, police chief, and state public safety commissioner, Tom Tremblay has been a passionate leader for the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. He is a retired Chief of Police from Burlington, VT, and the former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Tom is now a national and international advisor and trainer for police, prosecutors, advocates, higher education, the military, and government/private sector.
Tom is a contracted subject matter expert on domestic violence and sexual assault for numerous organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Police Executive Research Forum, Alliance for Hope International, End Violence Against Women International, the Rape Abuse Incest National Network, RTI Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division and Office on Violence Against Women.
Tom is a faculty member for the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women Crimes and he is a national leader in the development and delivery of Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigations Training. Tom assisted the IACP with the development and delivery of a national curriculum for Trauma-Informed Response to Sexual Assault. He also assisted the National Center for Campus Public Safety with the 2014 White House Task Force recommendation to develop a new curriculum for Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigations and Adjudications specific for Colleges and Universities across the country. Tom has also advised and trained numerous state medical regulatory investigation and adjudication processes in trauma-informed approaches to sexual misconduct cases.
Tom provides litigation consultant services for DOJ investigations involving reports of unlawful gender discrimination by law enforcement agencies in domestic violence and sexual assault response. Tom has also served as an independent monitor for DOJ agreements with law enforcement agencies following findings of unlawful gender discrimination. Tom’s oversight work in Missoula Montana assisted the City Police and the University of Montana Police in achieving full compliance with their respective agreements with the DOJ to reform sexual assault response and investigations. Tom also assists the DOJ in promoting gender bias prevention strategies for law enforcement when responding to crimes involving gender-based violence including addressing officer involved domestic violence and sexual misconduct.
Tom is frequently sought after to comment on high profile cases and national news stories related to domestic violence and sexual assault. He has been included in news publications, programs, and investigative reports by CNN, NPR, ABC News, NBC News, Slate Magazine, Vox News, Baltimore Sun, Star Tribune, Indianapolis Star, and the Lansing Journal.
Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the 183rd Session of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the Police Executive Research Forum–Senior Management Institute for Police, and the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women.
In 2022, End Violence Against Women International awarded Tom the prestigious 2022 Visionary Award for his efforts to end violence against women, recognizing him for his bold vision, courageous leadership, honor, integrity, empathy, selfless advocacy, and generous partnership