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Burlington City Council approves funding for police commission training

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Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 11:58 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2021 at 4:44 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington police commissioners will soon be trained on how to be an effective civilian oversight board thanks to newly approved funding.

There has been discussion for months about implementing citizen oversight of the Burlington Police Department that would have a hand in some disciplinary decisions and the mayor says he wants to reach a compromise to make this a reality. The Burlington City Council Monday approved funding for the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement to train police commissioners over four sessions.

“It’s an important step, I think, in the right direction to ensure that we rebuild and restore trust and confidence in our oversight of our own police force, that we choose to police ourselves,” said Councilor Brian Pine, P-Ward 3.

The city has agreed to pay the organization $5,100 for four, two-hour sessions. Another $400 will be spent for the police commission to become a member of the organization.

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