Community Policing and Related Topics

Vermont Partnership for Fairness & DiversityRead the Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity Scope of Work Document

Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity submits this Proposed Scope of Work for the Town of
Bennington including budget and illustrative timeline at the request of the Town Select Board. The
Select Board approved the request at its meeting on 25 May 2020.

Virtual Community Meeting Flyer

Resources from IACP

IACP Model Policies

Anti-Bias Resources

IACP Assesment of the Bennington Police Department Policy and Procedure Report

VIEW THE VIDEO of the presentation by the IACP

This video presentation has been pre-recorded. Please watch to hear and see their findings/suggestions.

Resources from The Bennington Free Library

Community Policing entry includes Overview, Viewpoints, Academic Journals and more.
Provided by Gale Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, part of the Vermont Online Library.
Access is open to anyone in Vermont. Click “Use My Location” and then “Allow.”

Jonathan Clark, Vermont Dept. of Libraries Consultant for Children and Teens Services shared a crowdsourced document, “Booklists and Resources Addressing Race and Social Justice.” Booklists and Resources by age group, including Caregivers & Educators. This three-page document includes links and will continue to be updated.

Booklist Publications, part of the American Library Association shared “Reading for Change: Booklist-Recommended Antiracism Titles for All Ages”

REMEMBER: The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world! The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex!

Visit the homepage of each and note these timely offerings:

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture launched “Talking About Race”, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.

AND a Bonus Collaborative Offering!

Be reminded “there is hope in history” and of the power of images and books and more! Watch National Book Festival Presents: “Carla Hayden & Lonnie Bunch: Cultural Institutions at Times of Social Unrest”

Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress and Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution discuss the future of their institutions and how they remain accessible and relevant during a period of global pandemic coupled with nationwide protests against injustice.

Resources from The John G. McCullough Free Library

For Adults and Teens:

The National Museum of African American History and the Smithsonian Institute’s Talking About Race

Black Lives Matter: Essential Readings for Adults and Teens from the Los Angeles Public Library

Understanding Structural Racism from the San Francisco Public Library

The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List

An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi, as published in The New York Times

5 Books to Read About Race and the Police, a list by Joumana Khatib, as published in The New York Times

Resources to Teach the History of Policing in America That You Won’t Find in Textbooks, compiled by Valerie Strauss, as published in The Washington Post

For Parents and Educators:

Race, Racism and Revolution Reading List for Educators from the New York Public Library

Anti-Racism Books for Kids from The New York Times

School Library Journal’s Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit

School Library Journal also provides many recommended reading lists on its website.

How to Explain Racism to Kids: the CNN/ Sesame Street Town Hall video

Resources from Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union

Student Resources

The SVSU has a policy in place to help protect our students from bullying, harassment, and hazing. The policy is #5004, Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students. The policy stresses that the SU is “committed to providing all of its students with a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect.”

Parent Resources

If your student is experiencing discrimination in school use Policy #5004 to guide your actions when moving forward. The policy suggests the following action steps:

  • File a written complaint with your school’s administrator
  • Designated employees will take the complaint, investigate, and ensure appropriate measures are taken in response

Community Member Resources

Do you have a question about equity in our schools? If so, please feel free to contact our Superintendent’s Office at 802-447-7501×5800

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