Statement on Police Chief Hiring
I have made the decision to pause the hiring process for the next Richmond Police Chief. After two rounds of interviews, a public forum, and receiving feedback from the public, I chose Acting Chief Kyle Kapitanski as the top candidate. After discussion with Acting Chief Kapitanski, we have agreed that pausing the process is the best way to proceed and we will move forward at this point with him remaining as Acting Chief.
Both Acting Chief Kapitanski and I recognize the challenges of leading the Richmond Police Department and agree that there is work to be done prior to appointing a permanent chief. Acting Chief Kapitanski has many years of experience in policing which have prepared him to complete the administrative duties required of the position. Acting Chief Kapitanski and I have discussed areas of growth that need to occur prior to him being considered for appointment to the full time position of Police Chief.
I would like to thank everyone who has been involved and supplied feedback in this process from the hiring committee to the residents of Richmond.
Richmond Town Manager
Acting Police Chief: Kyle Kapitanski
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Police Chief Hiring Committee
We are looking for three community members to join the Richmond Police Chief Hiring Committee. If you would like to be considered for this committee please send a letter of interest to Town Manager Josh Arneson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters are due by the end of the day on July 24.
More information on the Police Chief Hiring Process can be found here: http://www.richmondvt.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/3b-2020-Richmond-Police-Chief-Hiring-Process.pdf
School Resource Officer
The Richmond PD partners with the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District (MMUUSD) to supply a School Resource Officer (SRO) to work at Camel’s Hump Middle School. The SRO incorporates the roles of law enforcement officer, law-related counselor and law-related education teacher. The SRO role is filled by a Richmond PD officer. MMUUSD compensates the Richmond PD for the hours that the officer works in the school.
Community Outreach Program.
The Community Outreach Program in the participating communities of South Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Williston, Winooski, Richmond, and Shelburne was inspired by Burlington’s Street Outreach model. In the participating towns, outreach specialists work in partnership with local and regional law enforcement to respond to individuals with unmet social service needs, often due to mental health or substance use issues.
More information about the program can be found in this presentation that was given to the Richmond Selectboard on Oct. 19, 2020: Community Outreach – Richmond Selectboard meeting 10.19.20
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