Pin It

FPF Crime Fighters Inspire Legal Action 

On September 3, I reported that Burlington residents were using the neighborhood email newsletter service Front Porch Forum -- including, in one high-profile case, posting a picture taken with a cellphone camera -- to help local police officers investigate a string of graffiti incidents in Burlington.

Now, after more than 60 charges were filed in two separate cases, one is in "pre-trail process," according to a recent FPF post by BPD officer Mike Hemond. Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan is prosecuting the case. "Considering the workload over there," Hemond writes, "that’s no small thing."

Reached by phone this afternoon, BPD chief Michael Schirling said a 7-member advisory board is meeting on October 28 as part of a "strategic planning initiative" to reassess the department's self-described "community policing" protocols. Schirling, who formed the board partly in response to a summertime public forum in the Old North End, predicts there will be a kick-off event in early November.

One of the advisory board's tasks, Schirling said, is assessing how BPD and local citizens might collaborate on video surveillance projects. In the last two months, he explained, the department has loaned two video cameras to citizens interested in documenting alleged noise violations and drug-dealing in their neighborhoods. "It's not really a program," Schirling said. "Some folks have asked, so we've tried it out in a couple of cases, but it's not something we've embraced as a 'thing' yet."

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Tags: ,

Pin It

More by Mike Ives

About The Author

Mike Ives

Mike Ives

Mike Ives was a staff writer for Seven Days from January 2007 until October 2009.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Recent Comments

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2016 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So Champlain St Ste 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation