Safety & Equity Task Force

The Safety & Equity Task Force has been created to research and develop a set of recommendations to inform the creation of a Safety & Equity board.

Charge: The Safety and Equity Taskforce shall develop recommendations for the name, scope, structure, membership and responsibilities of a community safety and equity board. Areas of focus will include the following: 1. Recommendations on police department training and community collaboration efforts 2. Review of complaints against the BPD 3. Development and review of proposed critical Bennington Police Department policies and procedures 4. Analysis of safety and equity data.

The work of the Community Safety and Equity Board will be to ensure safety, accountability, transparency, and trust in the community 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”.


Upcoming Meetings

The task force will meet the first and third Thursday through October, November, December, and January. We will post details for those meetings here as they come available. All meetings will be held from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Firehouse unless on zoom. Upcoming meetings will be on 1/6/22 in person at the firehouse, and 1/20/22 in person at the firehouse.

NEXT MEETING:
1/20/22 – This meeting will be in person at the Multi-Purpose room at the Firehouse located at 130 River Street.

Materials for 1/20/2022 meeting:
AGENDA for 1/20/2022 (CLICK HERE)
Draft Task Force Final Document (CLICK HERE)
Draft Chart of Feedback (CLICK HERE)


FINAL FILES
Board Scope and Practice (CLICK HERE)
Board Composition (CLICK HERE)
Board Purpose (CLICK HERE)


MOST RECENT PAST MEETING:

Materials for 1/6/22 meeting:
AGENDA for 1/6/2022 (CLICK HERE)
Draft Minutes from 1/6/2022 meeting
Complaint Process (Draft 2) – docx file (CLICK HERE)
Scope of Practice (Draft 3) – docx file (CLICK HERE)
VIEW VIDEO LINK

Prior Meeting Minutes, Agendas, and Materials

Minutes, Agendas, and materials from Prior meetings can be found by clicking here.


Timeline

  • Week of September 20 – Taskforce established
  • September 28, 29, 30 – Criminal Justice Overview for Taskforce members (5 -7:30 pm)
  • October 7 – Taskforce orientation and organizational meeting with NACOLE over Zoom 5:30 -7:30 pm
  • January 30 – Deadline for Taskforce written report to Select Board
  • February – Recommendations presented at a Select Board meeting/public comment period begins
  • February/March – Public comment period on recommendations ends
  • March – Recommendations are taken up by board at regular Select Board meeting
  • May – Establishment of Safety and Equity Board

Task Force Members

Clark Adams
Ben Cassavaugh
Co-Chair – Margae Diamond
Co-Chair – April Dunham
Gail Harbour
Marsh Hudson-Knapp
Secretary –  Lynn Mazza
Jim Vires
Sarabeth Ward
Lauren Wilcox

NACOLE Members
Brian Corr  bcorr@transformpolicing.com
Cameron McEllhiney mcellhiney@nacole.org

Town Staff
Town Manager –  Stuart Hurd shurd@benningtonvt.org


You may visit the Community Policing and related topics page for additional Community Policing information.


Resource Materials

National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
Bibliographies on Community Policing and Oversight are located on the Community Policing and related topics page.
Additional Resources: