A Vermont State Police trooper with more than 15 years’ experience has been named the new station commander for the barracks in Williston.
Sgt. Robert J. Lucas also received a promotion to lieutenant, according to Col. Matthew Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police.
As station commander in Williston, Lucas is responsible for the uniformed troopers that patrol all of Chittenden County, including 40 miles of interstate highways. The barracks also covers Lamoille County with a satellite office in Cambridge.
Lucas replaces Lt. Garry Scott, who has been transferred to headquarters in Waterbury and will oversee fair and impartial policing division.
Lucas serves as the local state police representative and works with town officials and citizens to address public safety and law enforcement concerns in their community.
Lucas graduated from the Vermont Police Academy in early 2002 and started his career as a road trooper assigned to the state police barracks in Middlesex. He was promoted in 2010 to sergeant in the Office of Technology Management at Headquarters in Waterbury. He took a transfer to the Williston barracks to serve as a patrol commander in 2013.
Along with his daily duties, Lucas was a longtime member of the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad as an explosives technician and as a bomb detection canine handler from 2005 to 2013.
Lucas’ dog, Freesia, and a second state police explosives detection canine had incredible histories with the VSP before they retired in 2013, noted then-Lt. Paul White, the bomb squad commander. They were part of a nine-member VSP bomb squad.
While an active K-9 team, Lucas and Freesia protected the president of the United States, two vice-presidents, two first ladies, several presidential candidates, the U.S. attorney general, the FBI director, and two chairmen of the joint chiefs of staff.
They also helped protect two Vermont governors and a variety of other dignitaries who have visited Vermont from across the country and around the world. They often were seen doing public presentations, while also making regular appearances at the Vermont Statehouse to help protect the governor and Legislature.
The Williston barracks on Vermont 2A serves as the primary law enforcement agency for seven communities in Chittenden County, including Charlotte, St. George, Huntington and Bolton. State police also provide backup support in Chittenden County for seven other municipal police agencies and the sheriff’s department in South Burlington and in Lamoille County for two municipal police departments and the sheriff’s office in Hyde Park.