It’s always been public record. But now you can see how the number of police investigated for misconduct in Vermont compares to the rest of the nation.
USA TODAY launched its database of public records on police investigated for “serious misconduct.” The news organization is “starting with lists of officers who lost their law enforcement certification in 44 states,” incorporating a widget that users can search through based on state, agency and name.
The Green Mountain State has a list of 13 people so far. Years when the officers lost their certifications range from 2013 to 2017. Agencies involved in the list, according to the database, include:
- Vermont State Police.
- Pittsford Police.
- Colchester Police.
- Vermont Department of Health.
- Williston Police.
This number pales in comparison to the number of records collected so far on officers in other New England states:
- Connecticut, 73 records (earliest records available begin in 1988).
- Maine, 167 records.
- New Hampshire, 44 records.
Rhode Island and Massachusetts are not currently available on the database.
USA TODAY encourages anyone with records or information on an officer to reach out at [email protected] There is also an option to do so anonymously.
Contact Maleeha Syed at [email protected] or 802-495-6595. Follow her on Twitter @MaleehaSyed89.
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