Former Executive Director of the Vermont Human Rights Commission Robert Appel recently wrote an opinion piece for the Rutland Herald that questioned the effectiveness of the state's bias-free policing policy. He was particularly concerned that traffic-stop data that has been collected has not been analyzed.
Curtiss Reed Jr. is executive director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity. He wrote a rebuttal to that commentary that disputes some of Appel's contentions.
In 2012, the Legislature mandated that all law enforcement agencies in the state adopt a bias-free policing policy. Vermont Edition spoke with Reed, Appel and Col. Thomas L'Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police, to see how effective bias-free policing has been in Vermont and what areas can be improved upon.
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