VSEA-Endorsed Bill Being Discussed To Allow VT Parole & Probation Officers To Carry Firearms

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February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017

 

 

VSEA-Endorsed Bill Being Discussed To Allow VT Parole & Probation Officers To Carry Firearms – After Extensive Training & Law Enforcement Certification

FOX44 reported on Tuesday night about a bill being debated at the State House that would allow Vermont Parole and Probation Officers to carry a firearm, only after completing extensive training and being certified as a law enforcement officer.

VSEA Executive Director Steve Howard explained VSEA’s support for the bill, reminding how Vermont social workers had been sounding the alarm for years about how they sometimes fear for their personal safety when they are in the field, checking on the well being of a child or children whose parents, or parent, is known to be very dangerous.

“[VSEA social workers] warned the management of DCF that a social worker would be killed in a parking lot. [Probation officers] feel as the social workers did then, that a probation officer will be killed,” Howard tells FOX44.

Sen. Dick Mazza (D-Grand Isle), a top Senate leader, is on record in the story expressing his doubt the bill will progress. DOC has taken a neutral position.

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