BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont police are concerned about a Burlington-area park and a rise in confrontational incidents, and are ramping up outreach efforts to prevent any potential violence.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2x5TMEL ) a number of documents indicate that authorities are concerned about the potential for violence in Roosevelt Park. Summers always bring an uptick in disorderly behavior in the area around the park, though police say efforts from the community to offer teens jobs and planned activities have diverted several teens’ delinquent behavior.

Police Chief Brandon del Pozo says the community needs to be involved with teenagers who confront authority and escalate situations.

The State’s Attorney’s office has instituted “flash citing,” so youth who are cited will appear in court immediately, rather than in 30 days.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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