Department of Justice

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced Monday that $600,000 in grants will go to five Vermont communities to help them hire new law enforcement officers.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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This week, the Department of Justice sent letters to 29 jurisdictions across the country asking them to prove they are complying with federal immigration law that requires information sharing.  Albany, NY, Lawrence, Massachusetts, the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington are among the jurisdictions that received letters.  Burlington Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger made the DOJ letter public.  He says the notice is concerning, but not surprising.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he doesn't believe the U.S. Justice Department has done its homework by asking the state if it is complying with a federal law that requires the sharing of information about immigration enforcement.

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Following months of intensifying gun violence in Newburgh, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is calling on the Department of Justice to approve funding for certain technology for the city’s police department.

  Our tech guru, Jesse Feiler from North Country Consulting fills us in on (some of) what's going on with the Apple and the Department of Justice/FBI battle of an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino participants.

He talks about the issues and some incidental extras that have recently emerged and ask the question: What does all this mean for the big picture, and, by the way, does it have anything to do with your own data and how you protect it? (Yes.)

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to combat street crime in a high poverty neighborhood.

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on Monday announced the focus of the grant will be on the city’s South End neighborhood, which has been the target of urban renewal efforts for decades and was the subject of a 2008 federal study on concentrated poverty in America.

Vermonters may have their Thanksgiving turkey before knowing the official results of the Nov. 6 election.

That's the word from Secretary of State Jim Condos, who says he's worried about a delay that could be caused by a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The federal agency wants the state to push back until Nov. 16 — ten days after the election — the deadline for overseas and military voters to get their ballots to municipal clerks.