Vermont Department of Public Safety Modernization

Vermont Department of Public Safety Modernization Strategy

Vermont Department of Public Safety Modernization Presentation DRAFT

Police Modernization Community Feedback

The Department of Public Safety wants to hear from you about law enforcement modernization plans  

The Vermont Department of Public Safety is seeking public and stakeholder feedback to shape and refine the state’s continuing work to modernize policing across Vermont.  

This opportunity for comment and feedback follows an executive order on police modernization by Gov. Phil Scott that directed the Commissioner of Public Safety to actively engage with communities, particularly those communities that have been historically marginalized or harmed by policing, as we develop and deploy best policing practices.

Members of the public are invited to provide detailed comments regarding several policies and strategies that flow from the Governor’s Executive Order and, in part, a 10-point plan that law enforcement and public safety leaders from throughout Vermont presented earlier this year.

Feedback may be submitted through this online form and centers on the following draft statewide policy proposals, which you may read and download at the links below:

Body-Worn Camera Policy DRAFT
Citizen Oversight Framework DRAFT
Hiring and Promotion Framework DRAFT
Internal Affairs Review Framework DRAFT

In addition, a Use of Force Policy DRAFT is being developed and circulated to stakeholders for initial feedback and will be posted shortly. Please continue to check back on this site for additional information and draft versions of those policies.

Members of the public also may submit feedback on these reform initiatives by emailing policing.feedback@vermont.gov.

Dispatch Modernization Strategy

The Vermont Department of Public Safety would like to hear from first responders and members of the public as part of the process of enacting a fee structure for dispatch services through Vermont State Police Public Safety Answering Points.

Dispatchers most often are the first contact that people have with the Vermont State Police and the 100+ agencies for whom VSP provides dispatch services. Currently, other agencies in Vermont that provide dispatching services charges agencies for those services, while dispatching provided by the Vermont State Police carries no charge. This creates disparities that the proposed fee structure would eliminate.

Virtual public forums for first responders and members of the public will take place over two weeks in mid-October 2020. To see the schedule and call-in instructions, and to learn more, please see this news release. You can also explore the documents below:

Stakeholder Synopsis DRAFT
Fee Structure Report DRAFT
Fee Worksheet DRAFT
Law Enforcement Advisory Board Dispatch Working Group DRAFT
Law Enforcement Advisory Board Historical Outline of Dispatch Fees DRAFT
Public Safety Answering Points Fee Update Memo DRAFT

Contact Information

Department of Public Safety
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671
802-244-8727
800-862-5402
TTY/TDD 888-545-7598

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Public Records Requests:
heidi.storm@vermont.gov

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