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Burlington Police win international recognition

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Burlington Police received an international award for their community policing program. The International Association of Police Chiefs says the department's street outreach intervention program beat out thousands of other applicants. The program partners with mental health professionals from the HowardCenter to get residents in need critical services without tying up police resources. The association called the program innovative.

"It's a win-win," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont. "It keeps the community safer. It helps the people who need the help and it makes that case that we can go out and go after real criminal matters."

"I've seen data and this is the best program I've seen across the state of Vermont that can actually demonstrate the results, the payback on the investment," Vt. Mental Health Commissioner Patrick Flood said.

The Vt. Department of Mental Health plans to give the program an additional $40,000. Outreach workers say the extra money will allow them to expand coverage to seven days a week.

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