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A coalition of Green Mountain State faith communities has spent months trying to discover ways to start a conversation with local police about racial equity. The new nine-page guide from Vermont Interfaith Action begins by making a case for civilian oversight of law enforcement and by offering a brief overview of Vermont policing.

The bulk of the document consists of nearly 70 different suggested questions spanning more than a dozen different subject areas. They’re intended as a first step to open a dialogue between local police chiefs and the communities they serve.

“The questions also provide a chance for police officers to talk about policing,” Nina Regan said as she helped present the guide Wednesday night. “They can talk about the trauma of performing the job and how they handle it.”

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