Community Policing and Related Topics

Town Vision and Police Department Mission Statements – Adopted August 24, 2020

Safety And Equity Board Information
NACOLE Presentation to Bennington Select Board – July 15, 2021 (pdf)
NACOLE Contract – Signed June 15, 2021
Safety and Equity Proposal – Adopted June 14, 2021

Bennington Police Department Procedures
Domestic Violence Investigations
Duty to Intervene
Fair-and-Impartial Policing
Investigating and Reporting of Hate Crimes
Responding to Persons Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis
Response to Resistant/Use of Force
Use of Conducted Electrical Weapons

Community Policing Discussion Boards
For Immediate Release – Town of Bennington Announces Community Discussion Boards – September 30, 2020
Comments in Response to Questions 1-4

Bennington Police Department Policy Review Process
Process for Adoption of Bennington Policies Referred by Policy Advisory Committee
Policy Advisory Committee Schedule for Winter/Spring 2021

Upcoming Agenda: 4/7/21

Policy List and Associated Materials
Winter/Spring 2021

Employee Nepotism and Fraternization
Code of Conduct

The adopted policies listed below have been approved by the Select Board. They will not be in effect until procedures have been finalized by the Bennington Police Department.  The Bennington Police Department will continue to operate under existing policies and procedures until such time.

Adopted Policy List
Response to Resistance/Use of Force
Duty to Intervene
Use of Conducted Electrical Weapons
Investigation and Reporting of Hate Crimes
Fair and Impartial Policing
Domestic Violence Investigations
Traffic Enforcement
Responding to Persons Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis
Officer and Employee Internet Postings/Social Networking
Special Events and Demonstrations
Body Worn Cameras
Creating and Maintaining Collaborative Partnerships


Bennington Police Department Upcoming Training Materials, September 2020
Community Policing and Civilian Oversight Bibliographies
Interim Citizen Advisory Committee Protocol
Fair and Impartial Policing Resources
Civilian Oversight

Vermont State Police, Burlington and Winooski PD
Description of the Community Policing: Principles and Elements

Resources from Vermont Partnership
For Fairness and Diversity
Exploring Vision and Mission Community Gathering – August 5, 2020
Exploring Our Vision and Mission for Bennington – Meeting Announcement – August 5, 2020
Community Policing Update – Press Release July 21, 2020
Understanding Implicit Bias Staff Training – July 14, 15, 2020
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 Assessment of the Bennington Police Department Policy and Procedure Report
Please watch to hear and see their findings/suggestions. (Video Presentation is pre-recorded)

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 , Parent Resources , Community Member Resources , Definitions and Videos