Hartford Police Department$182,324Milton Police Department$226,477Pittsford Police Department$212,742Rutland County Sheriff’s Department$153,110University of VT & State Agriculture College$204,501Vergennes Police Department$133,313Windsor Police Department$200,856Total:$1,313,323 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grants Awarded To Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Wednesday that seven police departments across Vermont have been awarded grants through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. The grants total more than $1.3 million to help law enforcement departments hire officers. ‘The COPS program has helped Vermont communities keep officers on the streets, which helps keep all Vermonters safe,’ said Leahy. ‘These grants have helped law enforcement departments in Vermont and across the country for nearly 20 years. The COPS program is an important partnership between the federal government and state and local law enforcement, and I will be working in Congress to ensure that we maintain our commitment to this successful program.’ Vermont communities have received nearly $46 million in grants from the COPS program since 1994. More than 285 officers have been hired across Vermont as a result of these grants. Grants awarded through the COPS Hiring program allow law enforcement agencies to hire or re-hire career officers. The grants provide 100 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years for newly-hired officers, or for re-hired officers who have been laid off as a result of local budget cuts. The COPS program began in the 1990s, helping to put more than 100,000 new officers on the streets. Leahy has worked in recent years to secure funding for the COPS program after its budget was cut during the Bush administration. In 2009, Leahy successfully included $4 billion in the economic stimulus package for state and local law enforcement programs, including $1 billion for the COPS program. Law enforcement departments in Hartford, Milton, Pittsford, Rutland County, Vergennes, and Windsor have been awarded COPS grants. The University of Vermont & State Agriculture College has also been awarded a grant. Leahy is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In recent years, he has focused part of the Committee’s work on examining the federal partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies. He has chaired a series of Committee hearings in Vermont to highlight the state’s successful, community-based approach to fighting crime.
Section 301 of S.2155 amends section 605 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) (codified at 15 USC §1681c). Section 605 establishes requirements regarding the information in consumer reports and disclosures regarding them. S.2155 adds subsection 605(i) and (j) establishing requirements regarding security freezes. These changes will primarily affect consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) rather than credit unions.One change adds a required notice for whenever a summaries of rights is required by FCRA’s section 609. While section 609 contains a lot of disclosure requirements, only subsections 609(c) and (d) specifically reference a “summary of rights.” Last week, the BCFP issued an interim final rule updating the Summary of Consumer Rights in Appendix K to Part 1022and the Summary of Consumer Identity Theft Rights in Appendix I. These are required under section 609(c) and (d), respectively (codified at 15 USC §1681g (c) and (d)).The Summary of Consumer Rights must be provided by a CRA whenever it makes a written disclosure of information to the consumer. Also, it may need to be provided by employers taking adverse employment actions in connection with a credit report. The Summary of Consumer Identity Theft Rights must be provided by the CRA when a consumer reports that they are a victim of identity theft. In the interim final rule, the Bureau specified that it is soliciting commentary to determine how to proceed regarding other model forms. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »