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.
On October 20, 2019 Brattleboro Police responded to a residential fire at 125 Canal Street. The fire was put out on arrival and no one was hurt or displaced from the fire. Police are considering this fire an arson and are reaching out to the public for help. Anyone with any information is urged to call the police department at 802-257-7950 or the tips line at 802-251-8188.
The Town of Brattleboro has approved an Open Air/Parade permit and Street/Sidewalk Blocking permit for applicant “350 Brattleboro.” In order to facilitate the safe use of this permit Brattleboro Police will be coordinating the following road closures on Friday September 20, 2019. The listed times are estimates and may be extended without notice. Travelers should expect significant detours and delays in the downtown area and are encouraged to seek alternate routes. 1130am – 1230pm High Street will be CLOSED to all through traffic from the intersection with Green Street to the intersection with Main Street. Eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Green Street. Westbound traffic will not be allowed to enter High Street from Main Street. 1200pm – 1230pm Main Street will be CLOSED in its entirety to all traffic. Southbound Putney Rd traffic will be detoured north on Route 30 to Cedar Street. Southbound Route 30 traffic will be detoured onto Cedar Street. Northbound Main Street traffic will not be allowed. Southbound Route 30 tractor-trailer vehicles will be unable to negotiate the above detour and will be STOPPED for the duration of the closure.
The Brattleboro Police Department has recently seen an uptick in larceny from motor vehicles most notably vehicles that are left unlocked at their residence.
BPD patrol officers continue to take reports and conduct initial investigations into the larcenies.
BPD reminds citizens to take steps to prevent burglaries and to report suspicious circumstances. Citizens are urged to call the police if they see something suspicious. The Brattleboro Police Department wants to remind the public that they are a full time agency and have officers available 24 hours a day to respond.
Citizens can take additional steps to prevent burglaries by locking doors and windows in their homes and vehicles. Garages, back doors, and basement bulkheads are often overlooked by homeowners but are common burglary access points. If you leave town, make arrangements to have your mail stopped and your newspapers picked up. A house that appears unoccupied is an attractive target for a burglar as well as unlocked vehicles.
Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Officer: Captain Mark Carignan
Incident Type: First responder training at Middle School
Circumstances of Event:
Local and regional first responders will be participating in a training at the Brattleboro Area Middle School at 109 Sunny Acres in Brattleboro, VT. This training will occur on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in the afternoon and evening. The training will be indoors, but there will be a notable presence of police, fire, and EMS vehicles in the area.
Questions related to this training should be directed to Captain Mark Carignan at the Brattleboro Police Department.
This training has been scheduled and planned for months. It is not the result of any recent local, regional, or national events.
Throughout the month of November, Brattleboro Police Officers, along with law enforcement throughout the state, will be stepping up enforcement for motor vehicle violations. This will be made possible via saturation patrols, check points, and utilizing extra bodies on the roads.
November is a busy month. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, school vacations, and adverse weather conditions can make November a tough month for motorists. Brattleboro Police, with the support of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, will be out there trying to keep the roads as safe as possible for the motoring public.
The Brattleboro Police urge motorists to watch their speed, obey traffic laws, avoid using phones while operating, use their seatbelts, and to of course, never drink and drive.