Staffing shortages at law enforcement agencies across Vermont are spurring a new plan

Staffing shortages at law enforcement agencies across Vermont are spurring a new plan where state agencies will be more involved in solving crime. State officials say they are fine-tuning the Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Liquor and Lottery, and DMV to help state and local police. DMV enforcement normally only deals with commercial vehicle enforcement. The changes mean they will now work to investigate crashes and violent crimes. Leaders say it’s aimed at lightening the load for short-staffed departments. The move is part of the governor’s 10-point public safety plan presented last week. Some of the changes have already gone into effect.