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UVM appoints new police chief following job search

Tim Bilodeau was named the chief of UVM Police in March 2020. Previously, Bilodeau served as Deputy Chief before stepping into the role of interim Chief following Lianne Tuomey's retirement.

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter

April 23, 2020

Despite there being no formal announcement to the campus community on who was appointed as the new police chief, UVM recently removed their public job listings for the position.  Tim Bilodeau was officially selected as UVM’s new police chief March 6 after several months of searching. Since ...

UPDATE: State’s Attorney’s Office declines to prosecute five first-years charged with arson

Paper decorations and a notice of room inspections show the lingering marks of fire. Five first-years were charged with arson after setting paper decorations on several doors on fire, according to UVM Police Services.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

February 10, 2020

UPDATE: One day after UVM Police announced it had cited five UVM first-year students into court for arson, the Chittenden County State's Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute the students. Interim UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau said the state's attorney handed the case back to UVM to handle...

Scammers target UVM students again

A student views a Nov. 6 UVM Police Services email warning about scams. UVM students have been the target of email and phone scams since the school year began.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

November 14, 2019

UVM Police Services struggles to combat increasing phone and email scams that target students, despite admitting they don’t have the answers. The UVM community received an email from UVM Police Nov. 6 warning about ongoing phone and email scams that pretend to be UVM Police or Burlington Police ask...

UVM Police Services loses only female sergeant

A UVM police car sits in the Davis Center circle, Oct. 25. Police chief Leanne Tuomey has been on paid leave since July 11.

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

UVM Police Services is now looking to fill a supervisory position after one of their sergeants left for a position in a federal agency. UVM police posted the position on UVM’s job website Oct. 23 and have had a separate job posting up since 2014 for regular patrol officer positions. Former UVM...

UVM Police Chief remains on leave three months later with no end in sight

UVM Police Officer Kariym Azeez walks towards the UVM Police Services building, Oct. 20. Azeez is one of 19 officers who have been operating without Chief Leanne Tuomey for the past three months.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 22, 2019

The head of UVM Police Services remains on paid leave for the third consecutive month, without any explanation of why from anyone, including the police chief herself.

Student emails hit with scams once again

The latest email scam targeting UVM students was sent out Sept. 6. The email falsely offered an opportunity to work with disabled children on campus.

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

UVM students were once again targeted by email scams that aimed to steal their money, according to UVM Police Services. UVM students received an email alert from UVM Police Services Sept. 6, warning them of fake emails that offered them employment assisting a doctor in supporting students with disabilities...

Help wanted: UVM Police remain understaffed despite-five year search

Currently, UVM Police Services has 18 officers listed on their website including the chief, two deputy chiefs, two detectives and four sergeants. From January 2018 to December 2018, UVM Police received 2,809 reports.Divided equally among the 18 police officers listed as on staff in 2018, each officer could have responded to 156 reports.

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

September 16, 2019

With their contract expired, UVM Police Services is using the opportunity to negotiate a new contract with the University to help recruit and retain officers. But, as UVM Police Services remains understaffed, some on campus remain alarmed over the department’s ability to keep UVM safe. UVM Police...

UVM Police Chief remains on paid leave two months later, officials refuse to say why

UVM Police Services Chief Lianne Tuomey stands in front of a framed picture that says ‘teamwork.’ Tuomey went on a leave of absence beginning July 11 and remains on an indefinite paid leave, according to UVM Spokesman Enrique Corredera.

Julianne Lesch, Cynic News Reporter

September 10, 2019

The person in charge of UVM’s public safety has been on leave for two months, and those acting in her place refuse to clarify why she’s still being paid or when she’s coming back. Lianne Tuomey, UVM Police Services Chief, went on a leave of absence beginning July 11. She still remains on an ind...

Driver sexually assaults passenger on campus

Driver sexually assaults passenger on campus

Staff Report

September 6, 2019

A passenger of a vehicle was sexually assaulted while parked in a Redstone campus parking lot, late Sept. 5, according to UVM Police Services. The incident is still under investigation by the Chittenden County Unit for Special Investigations. The man was driving a minivan and described as white and...

VT Supreme Court rules against UVM, says police document should be made public

Jacob Oblak (left) shakes hands with UVM's General Counsel Sharon Reich Paulson (right) just before their case is heard in front of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

August 26, 2019

Vermont’s highest court has ruled the UVM Police Services arrest record should be available to the public despite the university refusing to hand it over. The Vermont Supreme Court issued their ruling in favor of appellant Jacob Oblak, a recent graduate of Vermont Law School, Aug. 23 after Oblak ar...

Vermont Supreme Court hears arguments in UVM public records dispute

Jacob Oblak (left) shakes hands with UVM's General Counsel Sharon Reich Paulson (right) just before their case is heard in front of the Vermont Supreme Court.

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 18, 2019

The Vermont Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, May 15, in a case that could push UVM to release a document pertaining to a student’s arrest.   Jacob Oblak, a recent graduate from Vermont Law school, sued UVM last year after filing a public records request for a UVM police services affidavit, a document stating the reasons for arrest. Oblak requested a document from ...

Man takes UVM to VT Supreme Court over public records

Man takes UVM to VT Supreme Court over public records

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 1, 2019

A man is suing UVM in the Vermont Supreme Court to push the University to be more transparent over a student’s arrest. Jacob Oblak, a law student at Vermont Law School, is appealing his public records case against UVM to the Vermont Supreme Court after a lower court threw out his case. His...

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