"The Burlington Police Department is committed to improving the quality of life, in partnership with our community, through fair and professional police services."
- Preserving the sanctity of life
- Nurture and protect democracy
- Ensure procedural justice and fundamental fairness
- Spirit of service
- Protect the community from harm
- Treat all individuals with dignity and respect - the ethical foundation of policing
Chief of Police J. Jeffrey Smythe
Recruitment Open House:
On May 19, the Burlington Police Department will be hosting an open house. If you are interested in becoming an officer with the BPD then this is an excellent chance to come visit us and see what we are about. Click here for more information on our open house.
The department is following Cadet Moore as she completes her Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program. View this week's lessons here.
Citizens are asked to call Crimestoppers with any information regarding crime. All calls are confidential and information leading to an arrest is eligible for a reward. Visit Crimestoppers for more information.
Citizens can view crime statistics about the city of Burlington through LexisNexis. See our crime statistics here.
We offer a ride-along program to Burlington residents. The program allows citizens to accompany patrol officers while on duty so they may get a glimpse into what it is like to patrol the city of Burlington. If you would like to go on a ride-along, you can apply here.
POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS
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National Police Week:
Ever since 1962 the week in May 15 falls has been observed as National Police Week. It was established by a joint resolution of Congress and pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We began our observance of the week with two of our officers visiting the downed officers memorial in Washington D.C. to pay respects to the only Burlington Police officer ever killed in the line of duty, Sonny Vaughn on December 7, 1938.
On May 11, the participants in the 2018 Spring Citizens' Academy graduated the 11 week program with a new appreciation for the work of law enforcement in their community. Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 class. Space is limited, so apply here quickly.
The D.A.R.E. program lasts throughout the school year; it is designed to encourage students to make responsible choices. 12 local elementary and middle schools participate in the program, and this past week several of them hosted graduation ceremonies for the students who participated. This Friday, those who have completed the program will be treated to a fun-filled day at the City Park. Click here for more information on the D.A.R.E. program and ways you can get involved.
Officer Rosie Ostman was recently featured in a story by Fox8. Ofc. Ostman assisted a family when their home was broken into recently. "You don't want someone who just got broken into to feel like they are still vulnerable," she said. Read the full story here. If you would like to read more articles about the BPD visit our in the news section.
High Five Fridays:
Officers from the department on Fridays will frequently visit local Burlington area schools to high-five the students as they make their way into school. Both the kids and the officers enjoy this chance to greet each other and start their Friday off in a special way. High Five Fridays are just one of the ways the department likes to build relationships with the students in our community. More information on our school resource officers and our involvement with the schools here.
Join Our Team:
The department is always looking for individuals who are eager to serve in their community. If you are interested in joining our team you can apply here.
The department provides weekly updates to the top 10 most wanted individuals in the city. These individuals are wanted on felony or similar charges, and we appreciate any information citizens can provide. See the list here.
The department makes all accident reports available digitally. If you need to obtain a copy of your report for insurance purposes, you can obtain a copy here.
If you need access to your police report for any reason, you may request one by email. You will need to fill out your personal information and submit it, and then our Records Department will respond as quickly as they can. Request your report here.
The Records Division provides fingerprint services to residents or employees in the city. There is a $10 fee for each application. You must be a resident of Burlington or seeking employment within the city limits in order to use our fingerprinting service. More information here.
If you are a victim of a property crime, law enforcement will want to know the serial numbers of the stolen items. ReportIt allows you to store that information in a private account for easy access should you need to provide that information to the police. Register for an account here.