There is no systematic collection and analysis of the outcomes of criminal court arraignments in Vermont. To correct this omission, we sent employees to the courtroom to collect data on 1,787 arraignments across 17 variables. An analyst then examined the outcomes by crime type, judge, race, gender and the amount of bail set.
In order to improve the department's ability to hire and train a diverse workforce, we analyzed the outcomes of 1,200 applicants for the position of police officer. One result was striking: the state over Vermont administers a 100-question exam to every police candidate in the state. Analysis showed that 9% of white candidates failed the entrance exam, while 52% of black candidates failed. The exam has yet to be substantively revised, or show that it tests skills relevant to police patrol and administration.
Each year the Burlington Police Department analyzes its thousands of car stops for outcomes along the lines of race, reasons for stops, roadside searches and their results, and warnings vs. tickets. These are the three most recent reports, which cover my time as chief of police. They show substantial and sustained increases in equity and reductions in the burden of traffic enforcement across races.
Few police departments are required to keep detailed date on police use of force. These analysis are bsed on BPD which defines force as any police action beyond compliant handcuffing. They examine race, gender, type of force use, and nature of the underlying incident.