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The Town of Bennington has placed five discussion boards in Bennington and North Bennington to encourage ongoing conversation about community policing and the implementation of the newly established mission statement for the Bennington Police Department.

Questions on the boards change every two weeks. The current question — What makes you feel safe in your community? — will be available through Oct. 28. Please stop by and include your thoughts on a sticky note on one of the boards.

The Bennington Police Department’s mission statement adopted in August states: “The Bennington Police Department is accountable to the Community for providing everyone, regardless of identity, with respectful and equitable law enforcement, protection, and service. The Department and the Community will achieve this through collaborative and positive relationships which contribute to the betterment of our quality of life.”

The community discussion boards are located outside at the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc. (GBICS) on Depot Street, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s Prayer Hut at the corner of School and Pleasant Streets, Town of Bennington Recreation Center on Gage Street, Town of Bennington Town Office on South Street and inside at Powers Market in North Bennington.

The results of each discussion and other community policing resources and information are available at

Jim Therrien writes for New England Newspapers in Southern Vermont. Email


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