DUMMERSTON, Vt. — The only Vermont State Police trooper serving in the state Legislature has resigned from his law enforcement position.
Democratic Rep. Nader Hashim of Dummerston tells the Brattleboro Reformer he resigned after he was denied a residency waiver so he could remain living in Dummerston, in his legislative district, while working in another part of the state.
After being elected to the Legislature last November, the 30-year-old Hashim started working in the Royalton area to avoid convicts of interest with his legislative constituents.
He had asked for a waiver of a state police requirement that troopers live near where they work, but the waiver was denied.
State Police Spokesman Adam Silverman said in a statement that troopers are required to live near where they work so they can respond quickly to after-hours emergencies.
“Speaking generally, public safety is a paramount concern for the Vermont State Police. Troopers are on call overnight (generally from 2 a.m. to 7-8 a.m.) and are required to respond to emergencies. The residency requirement exists so on-call troopers can respond in a timely manner, and having troopers live several hours away from their duty station can risk jeopardizing public safety. That said, the Vermont State Police is willing to work with our members when possible to balance their desire to serve in the Legislature with the needs and requirements of the department.”
According to Hashim’s biography page on the Vermont General Assembly’s website, he was a trooper in the Brattleboro Barracks, and then the Westminster Barracks since 2011. During his time as a trooper, Hashim became a certified Drug Recognition Expert and a member of the Fair & Impartial Policing Committee.