Thomas D Anderson, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Colonel Matthew T Birmingham, Director of the Vermont State Police, are pleased to announce the promotion of Ingrid R Jonas to the rank of Major. Major Jonas of Waterbury was promoted from Captain, Director of Fair and Impartial Policing & Community Affairs, where she has served since 2016. Her new assignment is Commander of the Support Services Division.
Major Jonas has served with the Vermont State Police since 1998. She has spent her career in various positions, mostly within the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, including assignments to the Special Investigations Units, specializing in sex crimes and crimes against children. Her initial assignment was as a Trooper at the St Albans Barracks. Prior to police work, Major Jonas worked as a victim advocate and educator regarding domestic and sexual violence.
Last year, Major Jonas was appointed as the first Director of Fair and Impartial Policing & Community Affairs for the state police. In that position she was charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive program to ensure fair and impartial policing practices at all levels of the state police, building relationships of trust with minority communities, diversifying the workforce, and improving cultural awareness as the state of Vermont becomes more diverse. Major Jonas has a bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and grew up in Vermont.
Commissioner Anderson said, “Over the course of her 19 year career, Major Jonas has demonstrated outstanding leadership and judgment in each of her assignments as a member of the Vermont State Police. Her ‘can-do’ attitude and dedication to mission of the Vermont State Police has earned the trust and respect of her fellow troopers and the Vermont State Police command staff. As the first Director of Fair and Impartial Policing & Community Affairs for the Vermont State Police, Major Jonas has developed, implemented and overseen a comprehensive program ensuring impartial policing practices at all levels of the state police, the building of relationships of trust with minority communities, and the diversification of the state police workforce. She will be an outstanding addition to the Vermont State Police senior command staff.”
As Commander of the Support Services Division, Major Jonas will oversee several aspects of the state police's operations. These include the fair and impartial policing mission, recruiting, hiring and training, internal affairs, professional standards, community relations, emergency communications centers (PSAPs), public records and public information, alarm management, fleet services and building projects. Major Jonas is replacing Major William Sheets who will be retiring from the state police after 29 years of service on November 25, 2017.