Springfield, Vermont Police
Department
201 Clinton Street,
Springfield, VT 05156  
Phone: (802)885-2113   
Fax: (802)885-2235
911 for Emergencies
 
Welcome to the Springfield, VT Police Department
Springfield Police Department Fair and Impartial Policing Policy
Fair and Impartial Policing

It is the policy of the Springfield Police Department that the department shall not condone the use of any
bias based policing in the services our employees provide to the community in connection with our law enforcement activities.

The intent of this policy is to reaffirm the Springfield Police Department’s commitment to unbiased policing,
to clarify the circumstances in which members can consider race, ethnicity, gender or other potentially improper
criteria when making law enforcement decisions, and to reinforce procedures that serve to assure the public that
we are providing service and enforcing laws in an equitable and impartial way.

During the 2014 Vermont legislative session a new law relating to
fair and impartial policing and race data collection was enacted.  

This law required Vermont law enforcement agencies to adopt policies and training
based on fair and impartial policing.  
This same law requires law enforcement agencies to collect roadside stop data consisting of the following:

The age, gender, and race of the driver

The reason for the stop

The type of search conducted, if any

The evidence located, if any

The outcome of the stop, including whether;

A.        a written warning was issued;
B.        a citation for a civil violation was issued;
C.        a citation or arrest for a misdemeanor or a felony occurred
D.        no subsequent action was taken

The law requires that these records be collected, stored and made available for analysis or public review by January 1, 2016.

Below is the current policy of the Springfield Police Department on Biased-Free Policing.  
Also below are our Traffic Stop records for public review as required by this new law.  
These records will be updated quarterly by our department and posted to our webpage.

*Note - Some of the data in the tables contain values that are defined by the CAD/RMS (Spillman) software
used by our police department.

*Note - Per state guidelines, the determination of race is based on the "Perceived Race" of the individual by the officer,
not by asking the person what race they are.

As always, if you have any questions about our policy, our Traffic Stop data or any other police related matter,
please feel free to contact our office at any time at (802)885-2113.