House passes bill that calls for sweeping study of all Vermont law enforcement


A far-reaching summer study of all aspects of policing in Vermont would examine everything from state police response time to creating a new state agency to hiring a cold case investigator, if a bill passed Tuesday by the House also makes it successfully through the Senate.

The bill, H.585, creates an eight-member legislative law enforcement study committee and asks for a report by December.

The committee will study the mission of the Vermont State Police and other law enforcement entities in Vermont, how to provide 24-hour law enforcement, the size of the state police force, state police contracts with municipalities, whether to create an Agency of Public Safety, and other issues.

Amendments to the legislation call for a sheriff's department retirement study and a look at ways the state police might close more cold criminal cases.

The Department of Public Safety oversees state police but there is no statewide agency with authority over all law enforcement entities, such as county sheriffs and local police departments.


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