During the current Covid-19 pandemic, many families and individuals are struggling financially. Isolation and fear can increase as well, creating a feeling of worry or even desperation in some people. Such circumstances are highly conducive to unscrupulous criminals trying to take advantage of people in a variety of ways, including financial scams.
Efforts to separate people from their money can come via US mail, e-mail, or phone calls. Documents and callers are very convincing, and often attach the names and logos of legitimate businesses or government organizations in order to add to their credibility. The fact that there are some legitimate loan and grant programs available from the government can make this even more confusing.
Before anyone ever applies for money or provides personal information, they should talk to other trusted people including family, friends, and financial advisers. People should not feel embarrassed asking for help or advice in such matters. People should not provide or confirm personal information over the phone to someone that has called you.
To complicate matters further, our current pandemic does provide some situations where a government official may call to ask and confirm information, such as a contact tracer from the Department of Health. If you get such a call, confirm the person’s name and tell them you will call back. Then get the phone number from a different source (such as the agency’s website) and call the person back. You can then provide the requested information. This is a relatively reliable way to make certain the person is who they say they are.
Moment of Silence
Friday 15 May 2020 is National Law Enforcement Officers Day. On Friday at 11:00 hrs, Vermont law enforcement will conduct a moment of silence across our state for Vermont's law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. Officers on patrol in our community will park their vehicles, turn on emergency lights, and render a salute during a moment of silence. Response to necessary calls for service will not be delayed as a result of this event.
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, this event is a way in which we are choosing to acknowledge this solemn day. All of Vermont's fallen law enforcement officers deserve to be remembered and honored for giving their lives while in the performance of their duties. Thank you for your support and please help us commemorate this day!
In the interest of Public Health the rabies clinic scheduled for March 14th at the West Brattleboro Fire Station has been cancelled. More information will follow with a reschedule date.
On 3/5/2020 at around 10:50am Brattleboro police received multiple 911 notifications reporting that there was a bomb at 232 Main Street, the Vermont state office building in Brattleboro. Multiple officers responded to the scene and met with state employees. Brattleboro fire and Rescue, Inc responded and staged nearby. The building was evacuated as a precautionary measure. Nearby public buildings including the Brattleboro Municipal Center, Superior Court, and the American Legion were advised of the incident with a recommendation they shelter in place.
A perimeter was set up and people were not allowed to approach or enter the building or parking lot. Brattleboro police conducted an initial search of the building and did not locate anything suspicious. The Vermont State Police responded with a bomb dog to assist in sweeping the building. No suspicious items were located. The building was turned back over to the state Department of Buildings and General Services at around 3:15pm. At this time it is anticpated the building will be open to the public for regular business Friday March 6, 2020.
The Brattleboro police were assisted at the scene by Vermont State Police, Brattleboro Fire Department, and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services.
The investigation into this incident has been assigned to the BPD Criminal Investigation Division and is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Josh Lynde at 802-257-7950.