International Association of Chiefs of Police Presents Assessment of Bennington Police Department Policy and Procedures

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will present an assessment of the Bennington Police Department’s policies and procedures on April 20th at 6 PM on CAT-TV (Channel 15) and Facebook.com/cattvbennington.  A recording of the presentation will be available for streaming at any time after April 20th on the Town’s webpage, Facebook.com/cattvbennington, and YouTube.com/cattvbennington.   During the presentation, IACP will summarize the findings and recommendations of the assessment and provide contact information and instructions regarding how to submit questions, comments and concerns about the assessment to IACP.  The contact information and instructions will also be posted on the Town’s website.

 

The April 20th presentation of the assessment will be followed by a live videoconference hosted by the Bennington Select Board on May 4th at 6 PM.  At the May 4th meeting IACP will answer the questions and address comments and concerns submitted to IACP after the April 20th presentation. The May 4th meeting will conclude with a call-in question and answer period for IACP.  It is anticipated that follow-up meetings will be held by the Select Board to obtain public comment and to discuss implementation of the recommendations contained in the assessment.

 

Late last year, the Town of Bennington worked with Curtis Reed, Executive Director of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity, to develop and issue a Request for Proposals to assess the policies and procedures of the Bennington Police Department.  Several proposals were received and reviewed by a subcommittee of the Select Board and Curtis Reed, and IACP was selected to conduct the assessment.

 

A four-person team from IACP performed the review and assessment process. The assessment involved two extended visits to Bennington to gather input from residents and local groups and organizations, as well as to meet with Bennington Police Department officers and local officials. Comments from residents were collected through interviews and surveys— both during public meetings and in ways that protected the identity of the person or group providing information.