The members of the Winooski Police
Department would like to welcome aboard City Manager Gerry Myers. Gerry jumped in with both feet, starting his first
week with the budget process and employee contract negotiations. After a lot of work, and some give and take, the
departments budget for the 2002 was set and a strong employee relationship was well
Unfortunately, this year took
its toll on all of the department recourses, both financial and human. The year started with two bank robberies at the
Merchants Bank, the unfortunate death of a young women at the railroad crossing, known as
the Blue Bridge, a hostage taking at NFI and of course the brutal death of a young women. All of the members of the department distinguished
themselves during these trying times, performing above and beyond the call of duty.
All of these incidents had
positive outcomes. A suspect is in custody
for the homicide, the person responsible for the bank robberies is in Federal Custody and
the women hostage taker is getting the help she needs. Without the hard work of Sgt. Benoit, Detective Lawrence and the members of
the Vermont State Police Criminal Investigation Unit, these cases may not have resolved
themselves as quickly. I would like to thank
Lt. Bombardier of the Vermont State Police and his team for all of their help.
Mary Beth Boe joins Officer Jim
Fuller as a School Resource Officer at the Winooski Educational Center. Officer Miranowicz returned to regular uniform
patrol duties at the end of the school year. Mary
Beth is a resident of Winooski and had three years of experience
The department received
additional funds from Governors Highway Safety Program to continue our DUI enforcement
activity. Officers dedicated about 8 hours
per week to DUI reduction and general highway safety enforcement.
The City of Winooski received a
grant from the Department of Corrections to expand the Community Justice Center. Janelle Gilbert-Fuller is the Program Manager
under the supervision of the Police Chief.
The Winooski Community Justice Center began
accepting referrals from Vermont District Court and the Winooski Police Department in May
2000. Reparative Boards were formed and
trained, using interested Winooski Citizens to act as Board Members. Our first Reparative Board cases were heard in
Reparative Boards, each meeting monthly, facilitated thirty-two cases. In all cases reparative agreements were formed at
the initial meeting with each offender. In
assessing offenders completion of the Reparative Agreements from 6/2000 through
6/2001 I found that twenty-seven cases completed as agreed. Eighteen of these cases had been referred by District Court through
probation as a part of an offender Probation Order. Police
Officers referred fourteen cases, and, as all fourteen were completed satisfactorily they
did not advance through the court process, lightening the court caseload and more
immediately satisfying those affected by crime.
participating in the Winooski Community Justice Center Reparative Board Process completed
a total of two hundred eighty-three hours of community service within the City of
Winooski. Most of this work was completed at Non profit organizations. Three businesses also benefited from community
service as offenders sought to directly repair the harm done by their actions. In the cases referred by Police Officers we were
able to facilitate payment of restitution to individuals harmed in the total amount of
Winooski Reparative Board works within a 90-day time frame from referral to completion in
each case. It is thought that the shorter
length of time an affected business or individual has to wait for reparation and
restitution lessens the burden put on them by the offenders actions.
Current Winooski Board Members:
In closing, I would like to thank the members of the Winooski Police Department for their
dedication and hard work and as always, look forward to another productive year.
(Steve McQueen, Chief of Police)