Brattleboro Fire Department Smoke Detector Reminder

The Brattleboro Fire Department would like to remind residents that when you turn back your clocks this Saturday night, Nov. 2, you should also change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

According to the department, 83% of all fire deaths occur in the home. The majority of those occur at night when people were asleep in homes without working smoke alarms.

Brattleboro Police Chief Letter to Citizens

To the Citizens of Brattleboro,

I have been approached numerous times and asked about my philosophy on policing and the direction I will lead the Department. I would like to take this opportunity to express my thoughts on policing and the role of the Brattleboro Police Department within this community.

I am a very strong advocate of community involved policing. This concept is not new, these are not my original ideas, and most importantly it’s certainly not a list of activities which you go down and check off the boxes as completed. It is a value system which permeates the department.

National Fire Prevention Week – Check Your Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives:  Test Yours Every Month!”

Along with fire departments and safety advocates nationwide, the Brattleboro Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

Brattleboro Firefighters Benefit Association – Firefighters for Fitness 5K Trail Run/Walk

The Brattleboro Firefighters Benefit Association is holding a “Firefighters for Fitness 5K Trail Run/Walk” fund raiser on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 10:00am. The race will start and end at the Harris Hill Ski Jump on Cedar Street in Brattleboro. Registration on race day is from 8:00-9:30 am for $20.00 per person. Pre-Race registration is available at a discount by going online to: We also have a Facebook Event page called “Firefighters for Fitness 5k Trail run”

Cathy Barrows Is Back!

Back in January I posted a question if anyone knew why Cathy Barrows was no longer the Animal Control Officer. () No one knew. No one in the police station was talking – except for saying that we didn’t currently have an Animal Control Officer. Last week, however, I was pleased to hear that she is back, and even more happy to see Cathy on patrol.

I still have no idea what happened and maybe it doesn’t matter, except to Cathy. But the coincidence is a bit too obvious to ignore. She was back behind the wheel at pretty much the same time we hired a new Police Chief.

Bike vs Car Crash in Brattleboro

August 28, 2014

“On 8/27/14 at approximately 1702 hours, Vermont State Police reported to the Brattleboro Police that they came upon a motor vehicle versus bicyclist crash on Western Avenue near Garfield Drive. Brattleboro Police responded as well as Brattleboro Fire and Rescue Inc .

It was determined that Joseph J Persio, 27, of Cheshire, CT was traveling east bound on Western Ave. He came upon a bicyclist also headed in the same direction. As Persio was passing the cyclist, Judith Malloy, 69, of Brattleboro, VT, she collided with his car. Malloy was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This incident remains under investigation.”

Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.

Ask-a-Cop: Why Are Cars Stopped?

“What are the top ten things people do while driving that gets them pulled over?”

1) Speeding
2) Uninspected vehicles
3) Running stop signs
4) Defective equipment (headlight or taillight out, loud exhaust)
5) Swerving around (suspicion of DUI)

Fireworks Safety From The Brattleboro Fire Department

The Brattleboro fire department urges all residents to be safe this Fourth of July.

In Vermont All Fireworks (not including sparklers and other novelty smoke devices) are illegal except for permitted, supervised public fireworks displays. Fireworks all too often result in serious burns, hearing loss and other injuries due to miss-use. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, can reach, 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns.

Brattleboro Police Chief Search – Community Committee

In recognition of the fact that everyone is a legitimate stakeholder when it comes to public safety, a committee of citizens is being formed to participate in candidate interviews as one step in the overall process of hiring the next police chief. The Town Manager’s Office will be accepting letters of interest from motivated members of the public for participation in the Police Chief Search – Community Committee.

Brattleboro Police Chief Wrinn Retirement

After nearly 28 years of dedicated service to the community of Brattleboro, Police Chief Gene Wrinn has announced his intention to retire from the department effective June 27th. Chief Wrinn was hired by the department in 1986 and quickly rose through the ranks. He was appointed to the position of Sergeant in 1989, promoted to the rank of Captain in 2002, and ultimately he accepted an appointment to the position of Chief of Police in 2008.

Chief Wrinn has had a distinguished career with the Brattleboro Police Department, receiving recognition for his work rebuilding positive relations with the community. Chief Wrinn instituted a program to enhance public safety in the downtown by requiring patrol officers to perform foot patrols as a regular part of their workday.

Putney Road Shooting

Early this morning, there was an officer involved shooting at a hotel on Putney Road. As per statewide protocol, the Vermont State Police is investigating. Further information will be made available in the future. Questions can be directed to the Windham County State’s Attorney at 257-2860. 

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office
(802) 251-8100

Ask-a-Cop: Round and Round

“It seems to me that most people dont know how to use the exit 3 traffic circle correctly. By which i mean that traffic entering the circle that will be exiting imediately stay in the right hand lane and all other traffic that wont be exiting immediately stay in the left hand lane…

This doesn’t seem to be just an out of state driver issue. I know many long time brattleboro residents who will stay in the right hand lane the full distance around the circle. My question is: Is this enforced in any way? Who is at fault if a driver in the right hand lane bypasses the immediate exit and a driver in the left hand lane exits into them causing an accident? Why is there no sign better representing how to effectively use the roundabout? It really is a systemic problem.”