Bennington Police Department to Open Public Review of Second Set of Procedures 

The Bennington Police Department (BPD) will open the public review of a second group of procedures covering seven critical policies for the Bennington Police Department (BPD) on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. The procedures detail the specific methods to be used to implement the policies in the daily operations of the BPD.
 
The procedures address policies developed in the winter and spring of 2021 by community Policy Advisory Committees and subsequently adopted by the Bennington Select Board.  The policies and procedures are among those identified by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in their 2020 assessment of the Bennington Police Department and include:
 
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Officer and Employee Internet Postings/Social Networking
  • Special Events and Demonstrations
  • Body Worn Cameras
  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Nepotism and Fraternization
  • Code of Conduct
 
The adopted procedures for review and the comment form are available  at https://benningtonvt.org/community-policing/
 
The formal three-week comment period begins on Wednesday, October 27 at 8 AM and closes on Wednesday, November 17 at 5 PM.  All submissions must be made electronically at the Town of Bennington website and will be acknowledged at the email address provided by the submitter.  
 
Following the public comment period, the BPD will review and incorporate comments, as appropriate.  Once the review of comments is complete, the final policies and procedures will be posted on the BPD website.
 
The policies for each of the procedures available for comment was reviewed by a seven-member Policy Advisory Committee consisting of four community members joined by a standing committee including BPD Corporal, Dan Ferrara; Assistant Town Manager, Dan Monks; and Select Board member, Bruce Lee-Clark. In all, 23 community members took part in the winter and spring policy committees.