It's hard to believe that a year has past since my appointment as Police Chief, and
what a year it has been. During FY1996-97 the department was the recipient of an
additional Federal Grant which allowed us to hire another full time officer and assign a
veteran officer to the Northern Drug Task Force. Through the efforts of Officer Loren
"Buzz" Gove, the Police Department received a Ford Tempo and a Chevrolet 4X4
pick-up truck from the United States Military. This re- deployment of surplus property, at
no cost to the City, will be a great asset this winter.
This year, the Police Department purchased a new 1997 Ford Crown Victoria using the
proceeds of a drug forfeiture and a law enforcement block grant from the Department of
Justice. The Block Grant program enabled the Police Department to purchase needed
equipment and up-grade our eight year old computer system.
The Winooski City Council adopted a complete re-write of the Winooski Code of
Ordinance, Motor Vehicle and Criminal Ordinances, in December. With the utilization of the
City Grand Juror, the Police Department has taken an active role in the enforcement of
these ordinances, which effect the basic quality of life of the members of our community.
During the year, we have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of complaints received for
these violations, which we attribute to the increase in enforcement by the department.
Every year the Vermont Legislature considers legislation which increases the amount of
time officers must spend on complaints. This year, members of the police department were
invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to provide the "street
officers" perspective on pending legislation. Our testimony helped shape the final
DWI bill which was passed by the Senate.
During FY1996-97, the Police Department responded to 10,456 calls for service which
included 501 arrests for criminal violations, 88 of which were lodged at the Correctional
Facility. The department issued 1054 traffic tickets and 1230 parking tickets and
investigated 318 motor vehicle accidents.
I would like to thank the members of the Police Department for their support and look
forward to another great year.
(Steve McQueen, Chief of Police)