Vermont law enforcement agencies are going to be soon operating under a new bias-free policing policy.
The creation of the Fair and Impartial Policing Policy that will take effect July 1 was mandated by the Vermont Legislature.
Vermont Public Radio reports the idea is to consolidate existing sets of guidelines, and address any shortcomings, into a single policy.
The policy was established by a number of social justice groups whose members worked with the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council. It was motivated in part by the 2015 detention of a Mexican citizen who was a passenger in a car pulled over for a routine traffic stop.