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Woodstock Police Chief Visits White House for Briefing

Two local police chiefs travelled to the nation’s capitol to learn a thing or two about policing in the 21st Century. Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish and Springfield Police Chief Doug Johnston attended a White House briefing earlier this month with the chiefs from Burlington and Colchester.

The briefing focused on 21st Century Policing and is part of the White House’s efforts to invite police chiefs from all over the country to attend six-hour briefings that include topics such as building trust and legitimacy and technology and social media.

The Vermont Standard reports that Blish, of the Woodstock PD, found that his police force is already in line and following many of the things recommended by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He learned a handful of things at the meeting, including about an online database where you can record every kind of police activity in over 150 different data sets.

Blish attended the meeting on behalf of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police and emphasized to the Standard that it did not cost a penny to Woodstock residents. He hopes to take what he learned and apply it in Woodstock.

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