To further that effort, the Select Board hired a Community Policing Consultant, Curtiss Reed executive director of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, in May of 2020. That led to a series of public meetings, the creation of a new Town of Bennington vision and Bennington Police Department mission statements, and the creation of a Community Policing Advisory Review Board. That work has resulted in the updating of numerous police policies through a process that included dozens of members of the community in collaboration with the Select Board and Police Department that have now been completed and are available here.
- Body Worn Cameras
- Code of Conduct
- Creating & Maintaining Collaborative Partnerships
- Domestic Violence Investigations
- Duty to Intervene
- Employee Nepotism and Fraternization
- Fair and Impartial Policing
- Investigating & Reporting Hate Crimes
- Officer & Employee Internet Postings / Social Networking
- Responding to Persons Experiencing Mental Health Crisis
- Special Events & Demonstrations
- Traffic Enforcement
- Use of Conducted Electrical Weapons
- Use of Force
- Quality Control, Internal Investigations, and Discipline policy
What is the difference between a policy and a procedure?
A policy is the idea we want to accomplish. The procedure is the specific details on what will be done to implement the policy.