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. 10/21/21 will be on zoom, 11/4/21 in person, 11/18/21 in person, 12/2/21 on zoom, and 12/16/21 in person.

AGENDA for 10/21/21 Meeting. This meeting will be via zoom.
Or or call into the meeting Dial: 646 558 8656 and enter Webinar ID: 864 6641 5624 and follow the prompts.

Prior Meeting Minutes

Minutes and Agendas from Prior meetings can be found here.


  • 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
Cameron McEllhiney

Town Staff
Town Manager –  Stuart Hurd


Safety and Equity Agenda – 10/7/21
Safety and Equity Minutes 10/7/21
(Note that these minutes when posted are not yet approved, revisions to minutes can be found in the minutes of the next meeting)

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: