The City of Winooski found itself approaching a major crossroad this year with the anticipated re-development of the downtown area. With this anticipated development, the police department needed to embark on a major strategic planning initiative.
Nine members of the police department started meeting on a regular basis to develop a plan for reorganizing the department. Through this reorganization, the police department will be able to better serve the community and respond to the ever changing needs of the department.
The department presented a reorganization plan to the City Council this winter along with updated job descriptions for each supervisory position. The Council approved the plan and adopted new job descriptions for Lieutenant, Sergeant and added a newly created position of Deputy Chief.
On May 1, 2004 , Sergeant Richard Benoit was appointed the City’s first Deputy Chief of Police.
The Winooski Community Justice Center , under the direction of Janelle Gilbert-Fuller, continues to promote the principals of balanced and restorative justice within the City. The Center, which is a function of the police department, expanded services to victims of crime by hiring a police based advocate for victims of domestic abuse. This person will be available to assists victims navigate the complex court system and provide a direct link between to other long-term service providers.
Funding for the Winooski Community Justice Center is provided through several sources. The Vermont Agency of Human Service (Corrections) provides direct funding for the restorative justice initiatives and the Victim Advocate is funded by a Federal Grant administered by the Department of Justice.
The men and women of the Winooski Police Department continue to do their best to provide quality policing services to our community. We assigned an officer full-time to investigate illicit drug activity and an officer to youth services. By addressing the demand and the supply, we hope to decrease the amount of drug related criminal activity in the area.
Policing a community is challenging and complex. The members of the police department are well trained and dedicated to the task at hand. Please visit us at our web site, www.winooskipolice.com, for updated information and take advantage of our “feed-back” page to comment on our services.
(Steve McQueen, Chief of Police)