Barre City, VT creates citizen panel for police oversight

Barre City has established a citizen board to review police complaints, but officials are divided on how powerful the committee will be.

The move comes at a time that many Vermont communities are discussing police reform, including budget reductions to police departments and efforts to “abolish” the police.

Barre City Councilor Teddy Waszazak, who sponsored the measure, said the intent was to create a way to investigate complaints against the department and review policies.