Link Transit celebrates one year of service, carrying over 80,000 passengers safely to their destinations, on June 6th! Celebrate with us by enjoying free rides on the bus during the week of June 5th-9th. Pick up some swag and tell us why you love Link Transit at the Worth Street hub from 9am-12pm on June 6th. Thank you to all of the riders who have made the transit system a huge success in its first year of service.
Free E-Waste Disposal
On Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00am to 2:00pm, the City of Burlington will accept drop-offs of discarded electronics at no charge. These items cannot be thrown away or placed in a recycling bin for curb-side collection. The drop-off event will take place at the Burlington Public Works parking lot at 234 East Summit Avenue in Burlington.
The event is open to only to Burlington residents and business disposal of electronic waste will not be permitted. Signage and traffic cones will be in place to help direct recyclers to the proper location.
Home electronics, personal computers, personal electronics and many other miscellaneous electronic devices will be accepted at the e-waste recycling event. Batteries are not accepted and alkaline batteries must be removed from electronic devices before dropping them off to be recycled. White goods, appliances, air conditioning units and other non-electronic items will not be accepted.
Make a splash this summer at the Burlington Splash Park at City Park! Admission is free and the park is now open at 1402 Overbrook Road in Burlington from 11am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Starting June 12th, the park will operate from 9:30am-6:00pm Monday- Friday and 11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday!
Burlington Police Recognized Nationally for Officer Safety and Wellness
The Burlington Police Department has been recognized by the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund and the Bureau of Justice Assistance Destination Zero Program's "Comprehensive Officer Safety and Officer Wellness Award" for 2017. The Destination Zero program works in concert with the Below 100 Program and both are focused on reducing the number of officers annually who are injured or killed. The name “Destination Zero" literally sets the goal of having zero officers killed in any given year. Program participants and applicants are recognized for their efforts that help to reduce that risk and increase officer safety. The Destination Zero program was established several years ago by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to help agencies improve the health and safety of law enforcement officers across the country. Awards are given to the top agencies in the nation in each of the following four categories: General Officer Safety, Officer Traffic Safety, Officer Wellness and the final overall category of Comprehensive Safety.
The Comprehensive Safety Award recognizes a law enforcement agency that has successfully developed, implemented and promoted the most comprehensive and strategically implemented officer safety and wellness program. This category rates departments on their ability to achieve a high degree of departmental buy-in and voluntary participation rates.
The Burlington Police Department was recognized for their comprehensive safety strategy that includes:
Minimum staffing levels to increase safety in responses
Mandatory bullet-proof vest policy
Issuance of Level IIIA vests
Issuance of armor plate carriers, helmets and ballistic shields
Cruiser upgrades to improve visual range of the driver, reduce distractions, and limit impact of collisions
Implementation of permanent shifts allowing for increased blocks of time off and increased time available for officer training
Continuation of a first class training program
A host of other factors were implemented as well and contribute to overall officer safety
Chief Smythe proudly shares this award with the agency and the community. He said, "this is symbolic of the professionalism and excellence exhibited by our officers on a daily basis. Our officers work in chaotic and dangerous times and it is our obligation to provide them the very best in training, equipment and oversight. I am confident we do that at the highest level and we will continue to be one of the premier police agencies in North Carolina. And, we are accepting applications should any officer want to join the best!"
Chief Smythe and Master Police Officer (MPO) Russell Henderson accepted the award at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Banquet in honor of National Police Week in Washington, DC on May 14, 2017.
There are between 17,000 to 18,000 police agencies in America that are eligible to compete for these four awards. Last year, the Burlington Police Department was a finalist, but did not win the top award. Learn more about the Destination Zero program and the National Officer Safety and Officer Wellness Awards here: http://www.nleomf.org/programs/destination-zero/.
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