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Title 20 : Internal Security and Public Safety

Chapter 151 : VERMONT CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRAINING COUNCIL

(Cite as: 20 V.S.A. § 2366)
  • § 2366. Law enforcement agencies; fair and impartial policing policy; race data collection

    (a) On or before January 1, 2016, the Criminal Justice Training Council, in consultation with stakeholders, including the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, the Vermont Human Rights Commission, and Migrant Justice, shall create a model fair and impartial policing policy. On or before July 1, 2016, every State, local, county, and municipal law enforcement agency and every constable who exercises law enforcement authority pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1936a and who is trained in compliance with section 2358 of this title shall adopt a fair and impartial policing policy that includes, at a minimum, the elements of the Criminal Justice Training Council model policy.

    (b) If a law enforcement agency or constable that is required to adopt a policy pursuant to subsection (a) of this section fails to do so on or before July 1, 2016, that agency or constable shall be deemed to have adopted, and shall follow and enforce, the model policy issued by the Criminal Justice Training Council.

    (c) On or before September 15, 2014, and annually thereafter as part of their annual training report to the Council, every State, county, and municipal law enforcement agency and every constable who exercises law enforcement authority pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1936a and who is trained in compliance with section 2358 of this title shall report to the Council whether the agency or officer has adopted a fair and impartial policing policy in accordance with subsections (a) and (b) of this section. The Criminal Justice Training Council shall determine, as part of the Council's annual certification of training requirements, whether current officers have received training on fair and impartial policing as required by 20 V.S.A. § 2358(e).

    (d) On or before October 15, 2014, and annually thereafter on April 1, the Criminal Justice Training Council shall report to the House and Senate Committees on Judiciary which departments and officers have adopted a fair and impartial policing policy, and whether officers have received training on fair and impartial policing.

    (e)(1) On or before September 1, 2014, every State, county, and municipal law enforcement agency shall collect roadside stop data consisting of the following:

    (A) the age, gender, and race of the driver;

    (B) the reason for the stop;

    (C) the type of search conducted, if any;

    (D) the evidence located, if any; and

    (E) the outcome of the stop, including whether:

    (i) a written warning was issued;

    (ii) a citation for a civil violation was issued;

    (iii) a citation or arrest for a misdemeanor or a felony occurred; or

    (iv) no subsequent action was taken.

    (2) Law enforcement agencies shall work with the Criminal Justice Training Council and a vendor chosen by the Council with the goals of collecting uniform data, adopting uniform storage methods and periods, and ensuring that data can be analyzed. Roadside stop data, as well as reports and analysis of roadside stop data, shall be public.

    (3) On or before September 1, 2016 and annually thereafter, law enforcement agencies shall provide the data collected under this subsection to the vendor chosen by the Criminal Justice Training Council under subdivision (2) of this subsection or, in the event the vendor is unable to continue receiving data under this section, to the Council. Law enforcement agencies shall provide the data collected under this subsection in an electronic format specified by the receiving entity.

    (4) The data provided pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection shall be posted electronically in a manner that is analyzable and accessible to the public on the receiving agency's website. (Added 2011, No. 134 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 2013, No. 193 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. June 17, 2014; 2015, No. 147 (Adj. Sess.), § 26, eff. May 31, 2016.)