Since 1993, the Winooski Police Department saw an increase in criminal arrest of over
250%. While preparing this report, I looked at our activity during the past five years and
hoped to use this information to plan for our future needs. For calendar year 1993 the
Winooski Police Department submitted 352 criminal cases to court for prosecution. During
1998, the department submitted a grand total of 882 criminal cases to court. This included
126 criminal cases prosecuted by the Winooski City Grand Juror.
Although overall calls for service only increased by 6%, the demand placed upon our
officers has increased at a far greater rate. This increase can be attributed to a zero
tolerance approach to alcohol-related incidents, particularly possession of alcohol by a
minor, and an increase in domestic related incidents.
Legislative changes by the Vermont State Legislature, and a change in attitude by the
community at large, has led to a large increase in the number of criminal arrests for
violating abuse prevention orders and conditions of pre-trial release.
The number of arrests for Driving While Under the Influence has more than doubled. The
department received a $9,000 grant from the State of Vermont to increase the number of
hours dedicated to DUI and traffic enforcement.
Winooski was the first community to prosecute cases through the City Grand Juror,
allowing complete control over prosecution by the City. During my first year as Chief, the
Winooski City Council adopted amendments to our City Code to allow for prosecution by the
Grand Juror of incidents that effect the quality of life of the residents. We have found
this to be a very effective tool to providing for a safer community.
To put this into perspective, a single arrest for a violation of an abuse prevention
order will take an officer over four hours to complete. A DUI arrest can take up to four
hours, but can take longer if the subject requests a blood test. This request will require
that an officer transport a person to the hospital, then wait with them until a blood test
The Department continued to receive funding thought the Department of Justice. With
this funding, the department will be assigning a second full-time officer at the Winooski
Educational Center. The School Resource officer has been well received by the community
and we plan to increase the SROs presence within the school.
This year a new program was developed and will be offered to Middle School age children
during the 1999-2000 school year. "10"63", police code for prepare to
copy information is a civics-based legal education class. Officer Jim Fuller was
part of the curriculum development committee that wrote the workbook and teaching
standards. The "10-63" program has been approved by the Vermont Department of
Education as an essential part of social studies program guidelines. We are proud to say
that our department was in on the development of what will be a statewide course of study.
Kilo, our police patrol dog, finished his basic K-9 school this year and has "hit
the streets" with his handler Sgt. David Dewey. The departments K-9 program is
possible only through the generous support of the community. Many businesses contributed
supplies and financial support to the program. All the members of the department wish to
express their thanks to the community for making this program a reality.
During FY1998-1999 the Police Department responded to a total of 11,066 calls for
service. The officers of the department issued 1,811 Traffic Tickets and 1796 parking
tickets, and responded to 358 motor vehicle accidents.
(Steve McQueen, Chief of Police)