Scott lays out 10-point plan on public safety, violence prevention

Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 11:57 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - In the wake of a spike in violent crime and a workforce crisis, Gov. Phil Scott has a new action plan to address public safety concerns across Vermont.

The 10-point framework focuses on three core goals. The first is to reinforce frontline law enforcement capacity and prioritize immediate reduction, prevention, and prosecution of violent crime statewide. Those initiatives ensure the Vermont State Police can provide mutual aid to local departments and hire retired officers to temporarily fill vacancies.

The second goal is to expand prosecution capacity and help the courts eliminate the case backlog. The attorney general’s office will double down on major crimes, including those connected to drugs and human trafficking, while the judiciary streamlines court processes.

The third goal is to prioritize long-term violence prevention policies, systems and services. This means expanding the role of the Vermont intelligence agency and applying Vermont’s pandemic response model to public safety, social services, and mental health.

Scott says all three goals are key to remaining the safest state in the country.

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