- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Residents of Burlington now have the ability to file complaints against the Vermont city’s police department or individual officers on the Internet.

The Burlington Police Department has launched its new online complaint platform after recently joining the White House’s open data initiative to promote better police accountability. More than 50 other police departments across the county have also answered President Barack Obama’s call for more transparency and better digital services.

A form on Burlington’s government website allows residents to file their complaints easily and with the ability to remain anonymous. All complaints will be sent to the department’s crime analyst, Connor Brooks.

Chief Brandon Del Pozo says the department received just 12 complaints in 2015, but police officials don’t want any complaints to “fall through the cracks.”

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