Former Colchester Police officer decertified by law enforcement board


The Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council decertified former Colchester Police Det. Tyler Kinney as a law enforcement officer in September. Kinney pleaded guilty in May to three counts of stealing police property, providing a gun to a “user of a controlled substance” and distributing heroin.

A sentencing hearing in federal court is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30.

Kinney was the steward of Colchester’s evidence locker from 2012 until his arrest in 2014. He was charged with providing guns and drugs from the evidence locker to a friend. Kinney completed a residential addiction treatment program after his arrest and has been on release while awaiting sentencing.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million.

A federal investigation of the Colchester Police Department found that about $12,000 in cash, two guns and hundreds of bags of heroin were unaccounted for from the evidence locker under Kinney’s stewardship. The department’s evidence retention procedures have been computerized since the arrest.