Vermont lawmakers launch police reorganization study

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has voted to launch a study of how police are organized in Vermont, with an eye toward creating a new state Agency of Public Safety.

A study to be completed by December would look at coordination of police services between state and local departments, and whether to fold in law enforcement officers working for the departments of Fish and Wildlife, Motor Vehicles and Liquor Control.

The three-page bill given preliminary approval in the House on Friday was a shrunken version of a 132-page piece of legislation that would have put the reorganization in place instead of studying It.

An amendment was added that would allow for police to be decertified for unprofessional conduct.

Separately, lawmakers voted to strengthen data collection and dissemination on racial profiling.


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