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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Police cars line up in front of the Burlington Police Department entrance Jun 20.

Police increase surveillance downtown for summer in new policing plan

Lila Cumming, Summer News Editor June 22, 2022

A new patrolling strategy will focus on the downtown area to prepare for an anticipated increase in crime, Mayor Weinberger said in a May 19 press conference.   Weinberger and Jon Murad, acting chief...

Students gather on the Redstone green for 4/20 festivities April 20.

Over a thousand gather at green on 4/20

Isabelle Tanner, Cynic News Reporter April 25, 2022

Over a thousand students gathered on the Redstone green at 4:20 p.m. April 20 in celebration of the longstanding tradition of smoking cannabis on 4/20, said UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau. The turnout...

Police cars parked in the Burlington Police parking lot on June 18.

Shooting near UVM campus injures one, perpetrator remains unknown

Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter February 2, 2021

Less than a mile away from UVM’s campus, gunshots fired by an unknown individual Monday night injured one at the Dorset Street University Mall, according to the South Burlington Police. The shooting,...

A group of restaurant goers sit outside of Sweetwaters on Church Street, Oct 23.

Police express confidence students won’t violate COVID rules for Halloween

Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter October 30, 2020

UVM and Burlington Police expressed little concern about students potentially violating COVID-19 safety precautions over Halloween weekend, despite rising cases in the state. UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau...

SGA council members socially distance in their first in person meeting of the year, Sept. 8.

SGA raises concerns over new student safety app’s reliance on police

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor October 14, 2020

UVM’s Student Government Association raised concerns about a new University app’s reliance on police services, intended to help students in emergency situations. The group discussed the new app,...

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 Tuomeys retirement.

UVM appoints new police chief following job search

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

Scammers target UVM students again

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....

A UVM police car sits in the Davis Center circle, Oct. 25, 2019.

UVM Police Services loses only female sergeant

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...

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.

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

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.
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.

Student emails hit with scams once again

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...

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.

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

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,...

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