Tag Archive for Colchester police

Town explores regionalized dispatch

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Colchester has joined eight other towns in a study examining the logistics of forming a regionalized dispatch center, and a final report is forthcoming at the end of the month. Milton, Essex, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston, Burlington, Winooski and Richmond round out the nine participating municipalities, orchestrated by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. The…

CPD swears in new officer

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Colchester police have added a new officer to its ranks. Chief Jennifer Morrison welcomed 24-year-old Jeff Baur to the department in a ceremony last week, assigning him badge number 195. Baur’s addition brings the total number of sworn personnel on the force to 28 and ups the full time staff positions to 37.6, according to…

Driving while black: Bias study includes CPD data

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A new study on racial bias in policing highlights major inequalities statewide, but police Chief Jennifer Morrison said local numbers show there is “no cause for alarm” in Colchester. Authored by University of Vermont professor Stephanie Seguino and visiting professor Nancy Brooks, the study found black drivers in Vermont were nearly twice as likely to…

CPD’s start: ‘Two men and a cruiser’

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It was late-March 1967, and Colchester voters approved $20,000 to establish their own local police department. Then-town manager James Lowe easily summarized the budding department’s needs: “Two men and a cruiser.” From a field of up to 14 applicants, officials selected St. Johnsbury police Sgt. Ronald Smith to lead the charge. Joined by one other…

Police chief performs at Scott’s swearing-in

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Colchester police Chief Jennifer Morrison is not normally nervous before a performance. After singing at countless sporting events, weddings, funerals and more, Morrison said she would have no problem belting out the national anthem on command. But last Thursday’s gubernatorial inauguration was different. Standing in the Montpelier State House in her dress uniform, Morrison admitted…

Police looking for Rite Aid robbery suspect

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Police are looking for a man who they say robbed Rite Aid pharmacy in Colchester on Monday afternoon, a news release said. Police say the man demanded the pharmacy technician provide narcotics before fleeing the store at 1184 Prim Rd. around 12:40 p.m. Police describe the suspect as a white male standing about 5 feet…