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Attorney General Announces Proposed Bias-Free Policing Policy

CONTACT: Cindy Maguire, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

November 19, 2010

Released today, the Vermont Attorney General’s Proposed Bias-Free Policing Policy recognizes the civil rights of all people within Vermont’s borders.

The proposed policy clearly states that law enforcement will treat all persons living in, visiting, or traveling through Vermont, equally, regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, or other personal criteria. “This policy was developed in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and community advocates from around the state and it reflects the most fundamental concept of our democracy – that government, in this case police, shall treat all people equally,” said Attorney General William Sorrell.

“This is certainly not the Arizona approach. Rather, this is a policy that I believe Vermonters and law enforcement agencies should be proud of,” stated Sorrell.

This proposed policy will be distributed to all Vermont law enforcement. Each law enforcement agency must then decide whether to adopt, implement and offer training on this policy.

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