A new report says Vermont's four largest law enforcement organizations – the state police, fish and wildlife wardens, Department of Motor Vehicle inspectors and liquor control officers – should operate under a single umbrella: the Department of Public Safety, reports the Burlington Free Press. The wardens, vehicle inspectors and liquor control officers should be brought together in a new public safety division.
That would increase efficiency and communication, and allow more troopers to return to patrolling the roads, an independent consultant explained Thursday to lawmakers.The long-awaited report on how to improve law enforcement in the state also called for state police to phase out their policing contracts with municipalities. Towns should consider strengthening constables or setting up regional police units. “We are trying to digest this,” said Glendon Button, director of the enforcement and safety division of the Department of Motor Vehicles. “We have to sort through which recommendations are workable and which ones need some more discussion.”