I have made the decision to hire Kyle Kapitanski as the next Richmond Police Chief. The search for a Police Chief began about one year ago when Chief Muldoon announced his retirement in June of 2020. The search process involved two rounds of interviews, a public forum, and other public feedback opportunities. In January of 2021 I made the decision to pause the hiring process, citing the challenges of leading the Richmond Police Department and the need for more work to be done prior to hiring a full time chief.
Throughout this nearly yearlong process, Chief Kapitanski has worked diligently in the role of Acting Chief while also engaging in opportunities for professional growth. I have been particularly impressed with his willingness to engage with the community on a variety of topics, his availability to residents on an individual basis, and his participation in public discussions about policing.
One of the concerns about all three of the final candidates for police chief was the responses to the racial equity questions in the public forum. Chief Kapitanski has made racial equity part of his focus during his professional development over the past several months and will continue to focus on this topic.
Chief Kapitanski has demonstrated his strong ability to work cooperatively with the community, town government, and partner agencies to provide the high quality community policing model the Richmond community desires. I look forward to working with Chief Kapitanski as we continue to strive to provide the policing services that the residents of Richmond desire.
Richmond Town Manager
Police Chief: Kyle Kapitanski
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Traffic Stops and Race Data
The Richmond Police Department provides annual reports on traffic stops and race data to the State. That information is posted on the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s website.
Instructions on how to find Richmond’s Data:
- Click on the link above.
- On the bottom right of the page in the link is the following linked phrase: “*Spillman Agencies Data File. ”
- Click on this link.
- This brings up an excel sheet of data for all the agencies that use Spillman for reporting.
- Enter “Richmond” in the “Agency Name” column on this excel sheet to type in Richmond and the sheet will display the Richmond data.
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.
Residents or Richmond are able to contact the program directly (without the need of police involvement) if they are in need of assistance. More information can be found here: Community-Outreach
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
Fair and Impartial Policing Policy
The purpose of this policy is to require that all employees of the Richmond Police Department conduct policing in a fair and impartial manner, to clarify the circumstances in which officers can consider personal characteristics, or immigration status, when making law enforcement decisions and to reinforce processes and procedures that enable us to provide services and enforce laws in an equitable and impartial way. The Richmond Police Department is required to adopt each component the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council’s model fair and impartial policing policy. The Richmond Police Department has adopted additional components. Nothing in the Richmond Police Department Fair and Impartial Policing policy is intended to violate federal law.
In March of 2021 the Richmond Police Department adopted an updated Fair and Impartial Policing Policy. Following is a copy of the policy: Richmond Police Policy on Fair and unbiased Policing
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