To make our law enforcement more efficient and effective, we must break down barriers to collaboration across law enforcement, social services, mental health and prosecutor offices. A better informed, more collaborative law enforcement system will result in safer communities for all Vermonters. To this end, we must:
- Broaden the VISION model from Rutland to co-locate police, social workers, DCF in a common location.
- Reallocate resources to allow for more consistent highway patrol particularly in the hours between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., when there is virtually no coverage.
- Encourage policing practices that promote greater community/civic engagement.
- Create rational programs around traffic violation penalties so that aggressive fines do not unnecessarily derail people’s lives and ability to have a job.
- Focus relentlessly across all divisions on reducing recidivism, trying different models to see what works and lowering time in prison.