Vermont State Police colonel discusses immigration at the White House

Vermont State Police Col. Thomas L’Esperance

Vermont State Police Col. Thomas L’Esperance

— Vermont State Police Col. Thomas L’Esperance joined senior law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and former New York, Los Angeles, and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton at the White House Feb. 6.

The officials discussed what they termed "strides" made in securing U.S. borders, immigration issues affecting local police forces, and the resultant need for comprehensive reform.

L’Esperance and other front line law enforcement officials spoke about the roles, responsibilities, concerns and impact of local police forces serving communities with immigrant populations.

“It’s important for the public to trust their police force and be able to call on them when needed; we do not want that trust undermined by fear,” L’Esperance said.

The sheriffs and chiefs had an opportunity to inform officials about the successes and challenges in their local jurisdictions and were briefed on current policy and programs.

“We look forward to the continued conversation in Washington about immigration reform,” said L’Esperance “So that we can focus on solving crime, and strengthening public safety in our Vermont communities.”

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