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Advocates call for improvements to policing policy

January 25, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Advocates say Vermont’s fair and impartial policing policy has not gone far enough.

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee held a hearing at the Statehouse on Thursday at which representatives from law enforcement, the Vermont attorney general’s office and other stakeholders testified. The Times Argus reports police officials said troopers now take part in implicit bias training during academy training.

State Police Maj. Ingrid Jonas said troopers are also asked to immediately tell drivers why they are performing a stop to reduce fears for marginalized groups.

Advocates for migrant workers also spoke at the hearing, arguing state police shouldn’t collaborate with immigration authorities.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/

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