Some news you can use from Norwich town Hall, Norwich Library and Norwich PD

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Hello Norwich and Upper valley residents and hopefully readers, I am posting these news bites in an effort to keep you informed of some happenings this week that you might want to know about. I am including links and combining the stories into one newsletter. The last thing anyone needs are several emails from about Norwich. (Hopefully you will disagree with me on that last statement.) Here is the news you can use.

Town of Norwich Voting results

For the Norwich town meeting voting results please click this link:

From the friends of the Norwich Library

A bread and soup lunch will be served tomorrow, Saturday at the Norwich grange

Last years event

And now some updates from the Norwich Police department

A beautiful day for some inter-agency collaboration.

Norwich VT Police Department

The Consumer Assistance Program has recorded a 220% increase in gift card scams with loss reports since December.

Gift card scams take many forms; however, all request a gift card as payment and for the numbers on the back of the card to be provided to the scammer.

Be in the know:

-Using gift cards as payment is like sending cash.

-Providing the numbers on the back of the card is like giving cash: Scammers may ask you to take pictures of the card or relay the numbers of the phone.

-Scammers may say you must pay with a gift card because your credit card or another form of payment won’t work.

-Scammers may claim that using the gift cards will provide you certain incentives or free money opportunities.

-Gift cards are only valid forms of payment when used with the card’s identified retailer.

-Retail businesses can’t refund gift card funds that have been spent.

Watch out for this and other similar scams that ask you to act quickly by providing gift card information, cash or money order, or by sending a wire transfer or peer-to-peer payment.

News about the COVID-19 virus aka the corona virus from the Norwich PD

This week, the VT Health Department Laboratory began testing for COVID-19. If you have traveled to countries where transmission has occurred –Italy, Iran, South Korea or China-- you are encouraged to contact the Department of Health at 802-863-7240, and advised to stay home for 14 days after leaving those countries.

• Wash your hands often and well with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue. Throw tissue in the trash.
• Don’t shake hands as a greeting – a simple head nod achieves the same goal.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Officer Curtis Taft new in town and already he is showing his community policing skills.

Norwich VT Police Department

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Congratulations to Police Administrative Assistant Judy Powell for successfully completing the "Assisting Individuals in Crisis" and "Group Crisis Intervention" courses. These courses are part of a 1st responder wellness program initiative.

Course Description: "Crisis Intervention is not psychotherapy; rather, it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. Thus, crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first aid”.

This program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention. Program Highlights: Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum, Critical incident stress management Evidence-based practice, Basic crisis communication techniques ,Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions Putative and empirically-derived mechanisms SAFER-Revised model Suicide intervention Risks of iatrogenic 'harm.'"

Administrative Assistant Judy Powell

Norwich VT Police Department

The Norwich Jr Police Camp T-shirts are in! We have a few spots left so don't forget to sign up for this great camp!

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Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to be a police officer? This Spring, the Norwich Police Department is partnering with the Norwich Rec to offer a 3-session program for local youth in 2nd to 4th grade, where they will have a chance to see and experience the life of a police officer. Program participants will receive a Jr Police Officer uniform shirt and will participate in hands on activities to include a fingerprint dust & bust lab, mock crash investigation, physical agility training, radio communications activity, speed enforcement radar lab, and much, much, more as they explore the career field of law enforcement!

Program dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/01
Time: 2:30p - 4:00p
Ages: 2nd - 4th grade
Location: Norwich Police Department training room
Max #: 14 participants

Register online with the Norwich Rec:…/activit…/program_details.aspx…

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