It is hard to believe but this is my tenth annual report
to the citizens of Winooski as their Chief of Police.
How time flies. When I was appointed Chief, Winooski
didn’t have a school resource officer, Justice Center,
Victim advocate, Offender Services or a Reparative
Board. It is amazing how much the men and women of the
Winooski Police Department have been able to accomplish in
relatively short period of time.
Ten years ago, the At Risk Youth Survey indicated that Winooski had one of the highest levels of anti social behavior of any community within the State. Through the combined effort of the Winooski Police Department and the Winooski School District, we have been able to effect substantial change in behavior and now Winooski has one of the lowest rates of risk behavior within the State.
We must remain vigilant and not allow history to repeat itself. Winooski must continue its effort to affect change and provide a healthy community for families to prosper.
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 include Offender Reentry. In designing an offender reentry program our goal is to have the Winooski Community Justice Center coordinate the provision of a wide range of opportunities for offenders to return to the community. Our goal to the community is to provide accountability of program participants. Our participants are accountable for their actions, are monitored and provided with supportive services to reduce their recidivism and become productive and responsible members of society.
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)