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Burlington Police Dept. assessment finds deficiencies, staffing issues, racial bias

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Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 11:08 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 5:36 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The highly anticipated Burlington Police Department assessment is out.

Our media partners at Seven Days obtained a copy of the report done by Virginia-based consulting firm CNA. They report the assessment found a number of deficiencies including staff scheduling, lack of oversight and evidence of racial bias. It found the department needs between 76 and 83 sworn officers. Last year the council cut the force to 74 as part of defunding efforts.

The Burlington Police Commission last month recommended raising the cap to 82 officers and hiring two community service liaison positions.

The city paid about $100,000 for the assessment.

The 168-page report is expected to be released to the public soon.

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