Burlington police chief to testify about smart law enforcement

first_img# # # # # Burlington Police Chief Michael E. Schirling will testify Wednesday before the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the invitation of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).  Leahy, who chairs the panel, scheduled the hearing to explore Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction Strategies. Leahy has made state and local law enforcement issues a priority for the Judiciary Committee this Congress.  He dedicated the first hearing of the 111th Congress to examining the needs of state and local law enforcement.  In 2008, Leahy twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear testimony about community efforts to address crime.Chief Schirling will offer testimony about the Burlington Police Department s success in developing and enhancing community policing through partnership and problem solving.  Police departments across the country are facing cutbacks in resources and funding during difficult economic times, and are increasingly looking to local business and community organizations to help identify and implement innovative strategies to address violence and crime.The hearing will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, March 3, at 2:15 p.m., in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington.  A live webcast will be available online. Source: Leahy’s office. WASHINGTON (Tuesday, March 2)last_img read more

DeBaere denies Bruns Memorial challengers

first_imgSLAYTON, Minn. (July 18) – Round two of the Dominick Bruns Memorial Challenge Cup Chase Friday at Slayton went to Murray County Speedway regular Kevin DeBaere. DeBaere led all 18 laps after starting the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature outside Shaun Madden on the front row. The victory, DeBaere’s second this season at Slayton, paid $1,000. Derek Green, Chris Palsrok, Elijah Zevenbergen and Dan Veenstra rounded out the top five.Runner-up in the series last season, DeBaere had Derek Green on his back bumper most of the way. Restarts following cautions near midway, then with four laps to go and finally with three laps left didn’t make his job any easier. “It felt good to win this race, DeBaere said. “The bottom line was the line that was working so that’s where you had to be.” The Chase, which raises awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, concludes Aug. 10 at Redwood Speedway. Feature results – 1. Kevin DeBaere; 2. Derek Green; 3. Chris Palsrok; 4. Elijah Zevenbergen; 5. Dan Veenstra; 6. Jim Larson; 7. Jim Gregoire; 8. Gary Mattison; 9. James Richert; 10. Nick Johansen; 11. Wayne Oftedahl; 12. Dean Nething; 13. Shaun Madden; 14. Jake Bruns; 15. Shaun Bruns; 16. Jake Masters; 17. Shane Bruns; 18. David Breyfogle.last_img read more

Barcelona relaxed and fresh ahead of final La Liga push – Valverde

first_img0Shares0000Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona could win La Liga if they beat Alaves on Tuesday. © AFP/File / PAU BARRENABARCELONA, Spain, Apr 22 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said his players are not feeling the pressure as they close in on a fourth Liga title in five years.Barca will lift the trophy if they beat Alaves on Tuesday night and Levante on Saturday, although they could wrap up the title on Wednesday if Atletico Madrid lose at home to Valencia. Sitting nine points clear of Atletico with five games left, it appears only a matter of time before Valverde’s side are crowned Spanish champions for a 26th time.“They are used to pressure,” Valverde said at a press conference on Monday night.“The team have always responded in difficult games. We are calm but we know we are in the final stretch now and that always encourages you, it helps you push through to the end.”Winning the league early would allow Barcelona to rest players and focus on their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. The first leg is at Camp Nou on May 1.They are in contention to win the treble too, with a Copa del Rey final to come against Valencia in Seville on May 25.“The players look fine to me,” Valverde said. “It is normal that at this point you notice a bit of fatigue but we let ourselves be spurred on by our motivation. When you have challenges ahead, your legs always feel fresh.”Barcelona have been La Liga’s frontrunners for months, with Atletico Madrid struggling to exert any real pressure and Real Madrid languishing 13 points behind in third.“It is true that when you win something surprisingly, the joy is greater,” Valverde said.“And when you have a big lead, it becomes predictable. But a predictable victory can also be a great victory.“Last year we were top with a big advantage and this year it is the same.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more