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Burlington Police Chief Schirling testifies before Senate panel

first_imgStatement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,Hearing On Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction StrategiesMarch 3, 2010Today, the Committee returns to the critical issue of finding the best strategies for reducing crime.  I chaired a hearing in the last Congress on this issue, and we now consider what the next steps can and should be. We will hear about innovative approaches that are working in police departments and criminal justice systems across the country, and examine what the Federal Government can do to encourage the adoption of approaches that work to keep our communities safe.  I hope we can make bipartisan progress on this issue.  We all want to effectively and efficiently reduce crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.In the 1990s, with the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden and others, we passed legislation to create and fund the COPS program and other important initiatives, which put thousands of new officers on the street and encouraged innovative policing strategies.  Law enforcement leaders in cities and towns throughout the country, bolstered by this national support, revolutionized the way policing was done throughout the country.  These efforts led to the unprecedented drops in violent crime we saw during the 1990s.That progress stalled in the last decade as Federal funding for state and local law enforcement dried up, and Federal attention to finding the best approaches to reducing crime wavered.  Rates of crime stayed largely stagnant, despite skyrocketing incarceration rates, and some communities saw significant resurgences in violent crime. One of the factors that prevented the crime problem from worsening in the last decade was continuing innovation at the local level.  Enterprising police chiefs, hard working law enforcement officers, judges and community leaders worked together to find new and more effective crime reduction strategies, and many communities saw this work pay good dividends. The economic downturn has put an even greater strain on our communities efforts to keep crime rates down.  In response to this growing crisis, Congress and the President acted decisively, including $4 billion in Federal assistance to state and local law enforcement in last year s stimulus legislation.  I fought hard for that funding, and the results are already being felt.  Crime rates are coming down as police departments are adding or retaining officers and implementing new initiatives.Even with this help, though, police departments and criminal justice systems remain short on resources.  More money alone will not solve the problem.  It is important that cities and towns use their resources in the ways that have been proven to work best.We will hear today from leaders in the field who have been setting good examples for how our communities can make their law enforcement and crime reduction efforts work well.  Chief Mike Schirling from Burlington, Vermont, has brought significant innovation to a small city police force.  He has implemented comprehensive community policing and partnerships with all levels of law enforcement and with schools and community groups.  He is exploring the use of alternative sanctions to set low-level offenders on the right path before they enter the criminal justice system, targeted programs to address mental health needs, consolidation of resources to help police departments function more efficiently, and the use of new technology to share information more effectively.Chief Rodney Monroe has made great progress in Richmond and now Charlotte with initiatives like using technology to pinpoint law enforcement efforts and integrating law enforcement with economic development and job training.  Colonel Dean Esserman has made Providence into a national leader in community-based policing.  Chief Patrick Berarducci has also brought innovation to a small city police force.There are good examples from across the country.  Cities like Los Angeles and Chicago are seeing results with gang outreach and mediation initiatives.  Thinkers on crime reduction strategy like Jeremy Travis and David Kennedy with the National Network for Safe Communities have helped communities throughout the country effectively tackle intractable crime problems.  The HOPE program in Hawaii has shown that probation supervision with swift and certain consequences can greatly reduce recidivism.  Many jurisdictions have had great success with juvenile prevention and reentry programs.Today s witnesses come from communities that look like much of America and prove that innovative and effective crime reduction approaches are not restricted to the biggest cities with the greatest resources.  I hope that by highlighting these successes, we can encourage other communities to follow their lead.I believe the Federal Government can and must help by spreading the word about strategies that work, and also by targeted funding and support.  We have seen in Burlington and in many other cities that an initial Federal investment can make possible initiatives that would not be possible otherwise.  These programs are inexpensive and cost effective.  Over time, they should more than pay for themselves by reducing the costs of crime, improving local economies and creating jobs, and reducing the need for federal assistance. I know there is disagreement about Federal support for state and local law enforcement.  I hope there can be broad bipartisan agreement on supporting cost effective strategies that work to keep our communities safer.Source: LEahy’s office. 3.2.2010# # # # # Burlington Police Chief Michael E Schirling testified Tuesday afternoon before a congressional panel chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).  Leahy invited Schirling to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction Strategies.Leahy has made state and local law enforcement issues a priority for the Judiciary Committee this Congress.  He dedicated the first hearing of the 111th Congress to examining the needs of state and local law enforcement.  Last year, Leahy worked to secure $4 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for state and local law enforcement, including the successful Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.  Twenty-five police departments in Vermont were recipients of COPS funding included in the ARRA.  In 2008, Leahy twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear testimony about community efforts to address crime. We have seen in Burlington and in many other cities that an initial Federal investment can make possible initiatives that would not be possible otherwise, Leahy said at the hearing.  These programs are inexpensive and cost effective.  Over time, they should more than pay for themselves by reducing the costs of crime, improving local economies, creating jobs, and reducing the need for federal assistance.  Schirling testified about the Burlington Police Department s success in developing and enhancing community policing.  Over the last 11 years, our policing paradigm shifted from a response-based model to one embracing the core tenets of community policing partnership and problem solving with an eye toward preventing crime and mitigating disorder on our streets and in our neighborhoods, said Schirling.   We believe that critical law enforcement innovation can occur not just in traditional policing endeavors, but also in other areas. Chief Schirling has brought significant innovation to a small city police force, said Leahy.  He has implemented comprehensive community policing and partnerships with all levels of law enforcement and with schools and community groups.Police departments across the country are facing cutbacks in resources and funding during difficult economic times, and are increasingly looking to local business and community organizations to help identify and implement innovative strategies to address violence and crime.Audio and video footage will be available later this afternoon.An archived webcast will be available online later today. # # # # #last_img read more

Amaroo is a masterpiece inspired by the home of Jennifer Hawkins

first_imgAmaroo at Bardon will hit the market on February 15.The home of celebrity couple Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall was the inspiration behind a new-build at Bardon. Amaroo at Bardon is a masterpiece.The three-level home will hit the market today and features a six-car basement, pool, plenty of storage and a mudroom. It has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a library, media room and study decks.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMrs Attwood said the home was a pleasure to live in. “The quiet colour pallet and use of materials (mostly timber, concrete and tile) have come together better than we could have hoped. We love it,” she said. “There is a seamless integration between indoors and outdoors. The home is resort-like, calm, with an abundance of natural light.” She said the home would be ideal for a family with young or teenage children. Jim Attwood from Divine Renovations The couple purchased the property in July 2018 where there was a brick duplex on the site. “We were looking for a site we could demolish for a new build,” Mrs Attwood said.“We already lived close by and loved the area. The location appealed because it’s moments from some for the best inner city schools and only 10 minutes from the city. “Rainworth State School and Stuartholme are walking distance. Paddington and Bardon cafes as well as the beautiful Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Slaughter Falls are also close by. “The site has an elevated aspect. The street is family friendly and quiet so our kids enjoy riding their scooters freely.” The stone staircase and pool area in the model pair’s $20 million Sydney mansion are major features and were designed by architect Koichi Takada. center_img Amaroo at Bardon is on the market.Brisbane couple Amanda and Jim Attwood, from Divine Renovations, have worked hard to create their own masterpiece, known as Amaroo, which they share with their three primary school aged daughters Eve, Bonnie and Frankie, and cavoodle Alfie.Mrs Attwood said using the stone in the stairs and pool was the starting point and first design decision for their Bardon home. The stone is from Eco Outdoor and called Crackenback. Amaroo (means ‘beautiful place’ in some indigenous dialects) Developer: Divine Renovations Address: 38 Eastment St, Bardon Price: EOI via Matt Lancashire, Ray White New Farm. Phone 0416 476 480 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to pick an up and coming suburb02:06last_img read more

Meyer named Miss Decatur County

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The 2019 Miss Decatur County crown was awarded to Sydney Meyer Friday in Greensburg.  The competition consisted of an outfit of choice, business wear, and formal wear categories according to Meyer.She was also named Miss Congeniality.  The award is chosen by the contestants.  Sydney’s sponsor for the pageant was Studio 812.You can meet Sydney tomorrow at the Tri-Kappa Fourth of July Parade in downtown Greensburg that starts at 10a.last_img

Williams scores twice and Courage down Spirit 2-0

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Lynn Williams scored twice to help the North Carolina Courage beat the Washington Spirit 2-0 on Wednesday night in the NWSL’s Challenge Cup tournament.Williams has three goals in the tournament for the two-time defending league champions, considered the Challenge Cup favorites. Williams put North Carolina in front in the 50th minute, then added a second goal in the 61st at Zions Bank Stadium. With two wins, the Courage sit atop the tournament table. July 1, 2020 Williams scores twice and Courage down Spirit 2-0 Williams also scored in stoppage time to give the Courage a 2-1 victory over Portland on Saturday in the opener. North Carolina rookie Ally Watt tore a ligament in her right knee during the win against the Thorns and is out for the tournament. Rose Lavelle and Ashley Hatch scored to lift the Spirit to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday. The eight teams taking part in the Challenge Cup are sequestered in Utah for the duration of the tournament, which is being played without fans in attendance. The league’s ninth team, the Orlando Pride, was forced to withdraw last week because of multiple positive COVID-19 tests among players and staff. Associated Press last_img read more