Community Policing Advisory Review Board

(CPARB)

Community Policing Advisory Review Board
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

Phone: 802-442-1037 | Fax: 802-442-1068

The Bennington Select Board, through its authority, hereby establishes a Town Board to be known as the Community Policing Advisory Review Board (CPARB), to provide meaningful involvement in safety, equity, and community policing efforts.

Through the creation of the CPARB, the Town of Bennington, its Police Department and the Select Board are committed to working with the entire community to ensure safety, accountability, transparency, and trust and to move Bennington toward achieving its vision of becoming “a welcoming, engaged, inclusive, and resilient community where everyone, regardless of identity, shares in our vitality and benefits from an outstanding quality of life”.

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Composition and Eligibility
The CPARB will consist of at least five and as many as seven members from the community. Community is defined as a resident of the Town of Bennington, Old Bennington or North Bennington or someone who works or has demonstrated a significant (8 hours per week or more) commitment to volunteerism in Bennington. Members must be Vermont residents.

Open seats to the CPARB and any town board or commission are filled in June of each year. For more information on open seats and how to join visit our Get Involved page.


Committee Members

  • Marsh Hudson-Knapp 6/2024
  • Will Greer 6/2024
  • Robert Ebert 6/2024
  • Jeff Vickers 6/2024
  • Kelly Carroll 6/2025
  • Scott Richmond 6/2025

CPARB Training & Meeting Schedule

Trainings will be at the Fire Facility except for 2 Saturday trainings off-site TBA
Monthly meetings begin in October and are on the 4th Thursdays at Fire Facility from 5 -7:30 pm

Background Checks : June 13 – 16
Background checks take up to 10 days

Training Day 1
Saturday, July 9, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Civilian Review with Brian Corr

Training Day 2*
Thursday, August 25, 5:00 -8:00 pm
Open Meeting/Open Records Law Review with Merrill Bent
CLICK TO VIEW AGENDA

Training Days 3 – 5
Thursdays, September 8, 15, 29, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Overview of CJ system and Bennington Police Department with BPD

Training Day 6
Saturday, Oct 15, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
CPARB and its Functions with Brian Corr

Training Day 7
Thursday, October 20, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Looking Forward Module with Brian Corr

BPD Ride-Along Schedule two between August 23 and October 30

CPARB Meetings *
4th Thursday of the month starting October 27. Located at Fire Facility, 5 -7:30 pm
First hour is ongoing training with BPD/ 2nd 1.5 hr is meeting agenda

Training Day 8*
TBA – Duties and Responsibilities of a Review Board in VT (joint Select Board/CPARB training) with Merrill Bent

*Open to the Public


CPARB Goals

In partnership with the Select Board, Town of Bennington, and the Bennington Police Department (BPD), the CPARB has the following goals:

  • Recommendations on police department training and community collaboration efforts
  • Recommendation and review of proposed new and existing Bennington Police Department (BPD) policies and procedures
  • Review of anonymized data on complaints and compliments for the purposes of identifying problems, patterns, and positive actions.
  • Analysis of town-wide safety data with a focus on equity and areas of need
  • Comparison of local data to other Vermont municipalities, state and national trends
  • Fostering of collaborative efforts within the community to hear all voices
  • Work with the Select Board and Town staff, including the BPD, to promote learning on community safety and equity issues

Activities

In collaboration with the BPD, the CPARB will:

  • Review required training for the BPD and outcomes and make recommendations on additional areas for training such as de-escalation, fair and impartial policing, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills; implicit bias; and officer discretion.
  • Review existing collaborations with local organizations and agencies and make recommendations on ways to strengthen and develop additional working relationships between the BPD and the community.
  • Develop a database for analysis of anonymized compliments and complaints to be utilized by the CPARB for the purposes of identifying problems, patterns, and positive actions.
  • Provide an annual summary of data and trends relating to police policy and training; complaints and compliments; police/community collaborations, and CPARB education activities.
  • Undertake other activities consistent with the goals of the CPARB and this resolution as are authorized by law.

To learn more, you can read the Resolution creating the CPARB (CLICK HERE).