The Director of Fair and Impartial Policing and Community Affairs is responsible for 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 our workforce, and improving our cultural awareness as the state of Vermont becomes more diverse. This office reflects the Vermont State Police’s continuing commitment to the importance of fair and impartial policing.
The Director of Fair and Impartial Policing and Community Affairs has the following objectives:
Recruitment and hiring: By working closely with the Office of Professional Development to make improvements in our recruiting efforts, to ensure that prospective members have strong knowledge and understanding of national issues related to policing, bias behavior, and relationships between police and the community.
Training: Keeping our membership effectively trained at the highest level to ensure we are meeting fair and impartial policing practices.
Supervision and accountability: Training front line supervisors to identify issues and effectively intervene when there are concerns.
Outreach to diverse communities: Establish relationships with a diverse range of Vermont citizens and community leaders, as well as chair our Fair and Impartial Policing Committee. The Director will work to bridge gaps between police and diverse communities in order to build trust and mutual understanding.
Traffic stop race data collection: Comprehensively review traffic stop data on a continuous basis and implement any necessary changes in policy and/or training.
Assessment of institutional practices: Review all department practices from traffic enforcement to the promotional process to ensure that we are adhering to the basic principles of fair and impartial policing.
Policy: Develops meaningful policy to help guide troopers as they make critical law enforcement decisions.