Burlington city councilors take action on police staffing shortage

Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 11:39 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - In an effort to rebuild the force, the Burlington Police Department plans to hire a recruitment coordinator.

On Monday, Burlington city councilors approved the new job’s description. Per the memo to the City Council, the department is allowed to have 87 officers. As of now, there are only 64.

The department also hasn’t reached the cap for community support liaisons, community service officers and dispatchers.

During Monday’s meeting, Burlington Chief Administrative Officer Katherine Schad told councilors the recruitment coordinator would also collaborate with other departments to promote diversity.

“It’s not a person that will work alone or in a silo with BPD; they’ll be working with HR and the REIB office,” Schad said.

Burlington Acting Police Chief Jon Murad says there’s no timeline for filling this position, just that they’re hoping for a great pool of applicants.

The position has already been approved for the 2023 budget.