Report backs city PD, seeks changes

Around 90 people heard former Vermont State Police Col. Jim Baker outline the findings of a lengthy study of the city’s police force on Sept. 22.

IACP makes recommendations for Vergennes PD

After almost a year since the International Association of Chiefs of Police began working on it, the $30,000 “Vergennes Police Department Staffing and Workload Report” commissioned by the Vergennes City Council is complete.

Most at city meeting back Chief Merkel

Most — but not all — of the more than 100 local residents who attended Tuesday’s Vergennes City Council meeting came to support Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel and ask city officials to work things out with Merkel and ask him not to retire. 

Vergennes police study recommends changes

The Vergennes City Council late last summer agreed to spend $30,000 to hire the International Association of Chiefs of Police, or IACP, to conduct a study of the Vergennes Police Department’s staffing levels, work and policy planning, efficiency, training … (read more)

City police report to offer staffing recommendations

After a six-month study of the force, the International Association of Chiefs of Police praise the professionalism and training of the Vergennes Police Department, City Manager Ron Redmond told the city council on Tuesday. But the organization also recomm … (read more)

Vergennes council accepts police report

The Vergennes City Council at its Tuesday, March 22, meeting formally accepted the 70-plus page report from the Citizen Review Board Exploratory Committee, but members said they needed more information before they act on its recommendation to create a vol … (read more)

City police evaluation continues

The International Association of Chiefs of Police analysis of the Vergennes Police Department is entering a new phase, one that actively seeks feedback about the operations of the department from those who live or work in the city.

City Council accepts Vergennes police study

The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 25, accepted the final draft of a committee report that recommends some form of civilian oversight of the Vergennes Police Department, but said councilors would not immediately consider its contents.

City police, Turning Point team up to offer quick help to those in crisis

Thanks to Turning Point Center of Addison County, Vergennes Police Department officers this week have new tools at their disposal that can help citizens in need — two iPads.

Vergennes leads effort for police and social service collaboration

VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel — along with a dozen area nonprofits and state agencies — is working on bringing to northern Addison County a collaborative effort among social services and police that Merkel and others believe will better … (read more)

UPDATED: Man shot in Vergennes Sunday morning, seriously injured

VERGENNES — Raymond William White, 34, of Vergennes was arraigned on Monday afternoon in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly shooting a man on Sunday morning at his First Stre … (read more)

City recruiting for group eyeing police review panel

VERGENNES — Vergennes municipal officials are seeking to repopulate the Citizen Review Board Exploratory Committee that is studying whether the city council should create a permanent citizen committee to help oversee the Vergennes Police Department. The c … (read more)

Vergennes police chief cleared of fraud allegation

MONTPELIER — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Friday announced his office had cleared Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel of allegations of that he had fraudulently reported overtimes. The investigation was begun by Addison County Sheriff Peter N … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Vergennes chief says police cultivate trust

On behalf of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police and the Vermont Police Association, I express both outrage and sadness surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. The actions of one maligned officer with his unwarranted use o … (read more)

Vergennes police officers vote in favor of union

VERGENNES — The eight officers of the Vergennes Police Department on Thursday afternoon voted to form a union, doing so by affiliating with the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), a union that represents many law enforcement agencies in New … (read more)

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