The Town of Brattleboro, Vermont, is seeking a Police Chief for our progressive and increasingly diverse community.
Are you ready to be the leader of our busy police department and a partner with other Town leaders and community partners to increase community safety and equity?
The Police Department
The Brattleboro Police Department (BPD) has 27 authorized sworn police officer positions (including Police Chief, Captain, 4 Lieutenants, 4 Sergeants, and 17 Police Officers). In recent years, we have more typically operated with 22-25 sworn officers and are operating with 18 sworn officers in April of 2021. BPD also includes 8 dispatchers, 3 clerks, and an Animal Control Officer.
The Police Station is a 20,000 square foot building that was originally constructed in the 1980s and was completely renovated in 2017. BPD is the largest Town department in number of employees and the second-largest department in size of budget (exceeded by the Public Works Department primarily because of DPW’s significant consumption of supplies in the operation and maintenance of Town infrastructure). The Police Chief will administer an FY22 budget of $2.9 million for police operations and the dispatch center.
BPD is a progressive police department that has placed a high priority on building and maintaining strong community relationships during the past decade, leading to recognition as the New England Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award winner for communities under 15,000 population in 2018.
As in most of rural America, opioid use and related criminal activity has had a significant impact on Brattleboro and on BPD in recent years. The department has emphasized the need to get users into treatment and to hold accountable those who transport drugs into our area and sell them here. This approach reflects BPD’s mission statement, which differentiates between “people who need our help, those who make poor decisions, and those who choose to victimize others.”
The successful applicant will bring extensive law enforcement experience and a record of leadership in core law enforcement activities such as crime prevention, patrol, intervention, de-escalation, investigation, and communicating with prosecuting attorneys. They will have a broad perspective on community safety that extends past law enforcement to include collaboration with community partners. They will have demonstrated their ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with people of widely varying backgrounds and will have a track record of emphasizing racial and social equity as priorities of their community and their department. They will be open to (and preferably knowledgeable of) alternatives to policing in the provision of community support services for situations that do not involve criminal activity or immediate threat of physical harm.
BPD’s most recent Chief retired at the end of 2020 after 6+ years as Chief and 20+ years with the department. Prior to joining BPD, he had a successful 20-year career in the United States Marine Corps. He was widely respected both inside the department and in the community. The new Chief will lead a department that is used to strong, fair, compassionate leadership.