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Bias-Free Policing: Has The Policy Worked?

Vermont's bias-free policing law was passed in 2012.

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.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, January 28 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.