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The Burlington, Vermont Board of Finance is composed of the mayor and city councilors. This week the group heard the results of a survey about the proposed city budget and continued discussion about the 2022 proposed budget for the police department.

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The Burlington, Vermont Board of Finance, composed of the mayor and city councilors, heard Monday from the acting police chief on the department’s 2022 budget proposal and plans for response in the wake of a shrinking budget.  City councilors also got an update from the public school superintendent on plans to find a site for a new high school building.

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Acting Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad says the Burlington Police Department at times won't have the resources to respond to lower level incidents when it’s busy with more serious crimes during high call volume.

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The Burlington Police Commission is a civilian body that provides administrative oversight of the police department in Vermont’s largest city. During its monthly meeting Tuesday evening it heard from an organization that provides resources and helps such groups maintain civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies.

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The Burlington, Vermont City Council passed a Public Safety Continuity Plan at Monday night’s meeting. But amendments to the proposal fundamentally changed the intent of the mayor’s proposal.

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The Burlington, Vermont City Council met this week and delayed action on one item regarding police department restructuring and voted down another related item.

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The Burlington City Council has failed to override a veto by the mayor that would have placed a question on the Town Meeting Day ballot asking voters if an independent police oversight board should be created.

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An issue that shadowed Burlington, Vermont officials throughout 2020 began at the end of 2019.  As Progressives took control of the City Council, policing issues were targeted. Now the department faces cuts moving into 2021.

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Burlington’s interim police chief has asked city officials to increase the cap on sworn officers before cuts to the department are implemented.

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The acting chief of the Burlington, Vermont Police Department is speaking out about the current and potential future impacts of a resolution passed by the City Council earlier this year that mandates a 30% reduction in sworn officers.

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Police departments across the country have come under increasing scrutiny this year. In Burlington, Vermont, a month-long encampment at a park adjacent to the city police department and nightly marches to City Hall emphasized activists’ demands for changes. While the camp has disbanded, city officials are working on policing issues.  At the most recent Burlington City Council meeting, the panel heard reports on racial equity and policing issues.

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Turmoil among leadership of the Burlington, Vermont police department is continuing. The department has had three interim police chiefs since last December. Now, Jennifer Morrison is on her way out, too.

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The Burlington Police Department has released an arrest data report that shows racial disparities continuing. Black people were arrested in Vermont’s largest city nearly four times more often than white people last year.

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A new report finds that Black people were arrested in Burlington nearly four times more often than white people last year.

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The Burlington Police Commission met twice this week to consider updated Use-of-Force directives for city police department.  No decision on the document was made.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger appointed Jennifer Morrison the city’s interim police chief in January. But she is temporarily leaving the post because her husband must undergo a stem cell transplant in Boston.

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The city of Burlington had three police chiefs on Monday. After appointing an interim chief at noon, the mayor announced hours later he replaced that officer too. It all comes down to social media.

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Burlington City Councilors spent more than an hour Monday night debating a resolution that expresses support for the city’s police department.

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Vermont's largest city has denied accusations in two federal lawsuits that police officers used excessive force in separate episodes outside Burlington bars in September 2018.

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City Councilors in Vermont’s largest city considered two resolutions this week stemming from controversies over the Burlington Police Department.  One was crafted in response to use of force issues and the other forms a committee to review policing practices.  One resolution passed and the other failed.

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The Vermont Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont.  In an interview with WAMC Thursday, staff attorneys explained that the group is arguing that the Burlington Police Department has violated the state’s Public Records Act by requiring a city resident to pay a fee to access body cam video of an incident he witnessed. The ACLU claims government agencies are barred from charging for inspection of public records.  Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo had written a letter outlining fees that are authorized. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley they also followed the ACLU’s body cam policy recommendations.

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The Vermont Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case brought by the ACLU seeking the release of body cam footage. The group argues that the Burlington Police Department is violating the state’s Public Records Act by requiring a fee to access the records.

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Two police officers in Vermont are accused of drinking beer that they confiscated from minors.

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This week, the Department of Justice sent letters to 29 jurisdictions across the country asking them to prove they are complying with federal immigration law that requires information sharing.  Albany, NY, Lawrence, Massachusetts, the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington are among the jurisdictions that received letters.  Burlington Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger made the DOJ letter public.  He says the notice is concerning, but not surprising.

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The Burlington City Council recently approved a nearly $158,000 contract to purchase 110 body cameras for the Burlington City Police Department.  Deputy Chief of Police Jannine Wright says that although some officers have body cams, the new contract will outfit every officer and replace aging technology.

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Police in Burlington, Vermont say they're trying to better reflect the community's demographics with their most recent round of hires.

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Some police in Vermont are receiving training on how to de-escalate encounters with people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

A Burlington, Vermont police officer has been arrested on a domestic assault charge after an alleged victim described multiple incidents of abuse. 

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After a rigorous search, Burlington’s mayor has announced the appointment of a new police chief.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Burlington Police Department as a veteran NYPD officer was named to lead the force in Vermont’s largest city.

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A Vermont prosecutor says no criminal charges will be filed against two Burlington police officers involved in the shooting death of shovel-wielding man with a long history of mental health issues.

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