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Just 23 officers available for patrolling most of Burlington

Acting Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad has warned of an uptick in the most serious types of crimes that police deal with, yet the force is struggling to keep up with the activity, with just 23 officers available to patrol the city.

Speaking at last week’s monthly meeting of the Burlington Police Commission, Murad told colleagues that staffing shortages continue to take a toll on Burlington Police Department’s ability to protect residents — even with “priority 1” offenses.

“[Priority 1 offenses] are higher than they have ever been in the past six years,” Murad told commissioners. “And that is significant, certainly significant for our deployments because these are the real calls … that require the most resources and often the most time.”

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