Police
Chief Jennifer Morrison

Summer is always a busy time for CPD. Our roadways, waterways and parks/paths are bustling with activity. Before long it will be back to school time! Please continue to drive safely and courteously, particularly in construction zones and around other roadway users.

By the time you read this, I will have retired, and Chief Doug Allen will be soon be sworn in as the fourth chief of police in Colchester’s history. Five years have flown by! I am sincerely grateful for the outpouring of support and kindness that the community has shown to me and the entire department over the years. In good times and in bad, you have supported CPD. Wherever I go I tell people how wonderful it is to be part of such an engaged, supportive and vibrant community.

CPD prides itself on being accountable for our actions (and inactions) and constantly striving to improve the level of service we offer to the Colchester community. We hope that we have earned your trust and respect through greater transparency, open dialogue and community engagement.

These are difficult times for American law enforcement – thanks for making our corner of the world a positive one! It has been a privilege to serve as your police chief. Thank you, Colchester, for welcoming me and supporting me. This has been the highlight of my career! Cheers!

 

Rescue and Technical Rescue
Rescue Chief Scott Crady

Colchester Rescue Squad has started using new scheduling software. It is going well and we are working out small issues. After we become more confident with scheduling we will be working on utilizing the software’s full potential in other areas, such as forms and training.

CRS joined with parks and recreation, the fire department and Colchester Police for standby emergency assistance during the 4th of July celebration and the triathlon. Rescue is examining how to best staff community events to serve both potential event emergencies and the regular call volume.

CRS had an EMT on standby at the two-day Major League Fishing event.

Our personnel are training in High Performance CPR. This is a statewide initiative that will help improve outcomes for patients experiencing cardiac arrest with ventricular fibrillation. It’s been successful in pilot programs throughout the state. CRS and the Vermont State Emergency Medical Service will conduct training with Malletts Bay Fire Department and Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company as well.

Rescue responded to 146 calls in July; this is approximately a 22 percent increase compared to July 2017.

 

Friendly reminders
Property taxes are due August 15.

Absentee/early voting is available now in the clerk’s office (at the town offices at 781 Blakely Rd.) during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Early ballots may be requested online at the Vermont Secretary of State’s website; in person at the town clerk’s office; or by phone at 264-5520. Mail-in ballots must be received on or before Election Day. Remember to allow time for postal transit! The clerks are not responsible for mail delays.

Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both districts vote at the Colchester High School cafeteria. If you have an early ballot and there is any question that it will arrive in time by mail, ensure your vote by dropping it off at the town clerk’s office by Monday, 8/13. Early ballots must be delivered to the polling place on Tuesday, 8/14. No ballots will be accepted at the clerk’s office on or after Election Day!