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An Update To Our Community from Montpelier Police Department
11/30/21: As the end of 2021 approaches, the Montpelier Police Department (MPD) would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season.
We also want to express our admiration for the resilience, collaboration, and support of the Montpelier community in some of the most trying of times of any generation. We are continuously inspired by you and hope to continue to be a valued part of what makes our city great.
I would like to provide everyone with several of the accomplishments and implementations MPD, and our partner agencies and stakeholders have incorporated in the last year and a half. I also would like to touch on a few future strategic objectives. (To continue reading this update please follow this link.)
Response Procedures to the Statewide use of Force Policy
10/28/2021: The purpose of this document is to outline the Montpelier Police Department's (MDP) procedures regarding the statewide Use of Force policy. MPD seeks to gain the voluntary compliance of subject, when consistent with personal safety, to eliminate the need to use force that is needed. The document can be found here.
Response to the Event at the Nation's Capital
January 6, 2021 saw a major disruption of the democratic process within the very halls of our nation’s government. There are many alarming aspects and reports as to why and how this happened. Among them is an image where a law enforcement officer reportedly took a “selfie” with individuals storming the nation’s capital. This is inexcusable, reprehensible and in dereliction of sworn duties. As we wait to learn more of what happened, I commend the many officers and security personnel that put their lives on the line to restore order in a very dangerous, impossible and unprecedented situation. However, what is painfully clear is that as a nation, we need to reaffirm our commitment for peace, mutual respect, and civility- especially in working towards solutions to our most sensitive and emotional challenges.
Montpelier is the seat of our State’s governance: it is where people come to debate and practice their rights under our constitution. As Chief of Police, my primary concern and responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of our community, businesses and infrastructure, and our State House. Everyone should know the Montpelier Police Department tirelessly works with the Capitol Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Vermont State Police and many federal and regional municipal agencies to protect our safety, our rights, and our City.
-Brian R. Peete