Wanted: Community advisers for state police


SHAFTSBURY -- The local State Police want to revitalize the Community Advisory Board, a group of citizens who meet with police regularly to talk about issues in the community.

Lt. Reginald Trayah, commander of the State Police barracks in Shaftsbury, said a meeting will be held at the Shaftsbury Fire Department, 166 Buck Hill Road, on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. for anyone who wants to participate on the board.

Residents of Arlington, Sandgate, Sunderland, Dorset, Glastenbury, Shaftsbury, Pownal, Readsboro, Stamford, Woodford, Searsburg, and Rupert are welcome.

Trayah will give an update on the status of the Shaftsbury barracks in terms of manpower and resources, then open it to those in attendance who have questions or concerns.

He said those who reside in a community know the most about it and can inform police on the problems it faces, be they property crimes, burglaries, speeding, or quality of life issues.

The board has existed for some time now, but has not met in many months. Trayah hopes this gathering will rejuvenate it and bring in some new people. Ideally, two people from each town would be on the board and the entire group would be diverse.

Trayah said many communities find themselves facing the same problems at different points and by meeting together with police they can solve them better.

He cited Dorset's neighborhood watch program as an example. If a community wanted such a watch they would have the opportunity to learn from Dorset better by attending the meetings.

Similar boards elsewhere in the state have solved other problems such as errant all-terrain vehicle use.

He said the board can gather as often as is convenient, possibly quarterly or twice a year. Those wishing to attend should contact Mrs. Kipp at the barracks at 802-442-5421.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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