Leahy Invites Burlington Police Officer To Testify In Washington

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has invited Lieutenant Kris Carlson of the Burlington Police Department to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington.  The hearing, which will explore the needs of state and local law enforcement, will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12.  Leahy is the chairman of the Senate panel.

This week, thousands of law enforcement officers and officials are expected to travel to Washington to celebrate National Police Week.  Last week, Leahy introduced a Senate Resolution to designate Friday, May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Earlier this year, Leahy worked to secure funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for critical law enforcement programs, including the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).  Leahy dedicated the first Judiciary Committee hearing of the 111th Congress to examining the needs of state and local law enforcement, and twice last year brought the Senate Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear testimony about rising crime in communities across the country.

Lieutenant Carlson leads the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The Task Force relies on federal grant funding for its operation.

The hearing will be held Tuesday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington.  The hearing will be webcast live online.

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The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing entitled “Helping State and Local Law Enforcement” on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

By order of the Chairman.

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