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Montpelier city councilors consider police reform

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 11:24 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 6:48 AM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Montpelier city councilors are thinking about police reform after a meeting where the city’s police review committee presented recommendations.

The committee was put together a year ago when many cities nationwide were starting to evaluate their departments.

The recommendations shared Wednesday night include integration of social workers, less enforcement of public drinking and decriminalizing sex work.

Alyssa Schuren, the chair of Montpelier’s Police Review Committee, said councilors were on board with all of the recommendations.

The biggest questions were about budget items, such as body cameras.

”When I think about that community input and some of the data, moving forward, I hope the recommendations that are given the most weight and some real scrutiny are the ones that have to do with those themes, that are really going to maximize that transparency and accountability,” Schuren said.

Following Wednesday’s meeting, it’s up to councilors to take steps to implement the recommendations.

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