Police Patrol

Patrol Division
P: (336) 229-3550
F: (366) 229-3146
Crime Stoppers: (336) 229-7100

The Patrol Division is under the command of Captain Brian Long and is comprised of  79 officers which are divided into four shifts and one Baylor shift.  The officers employ a community policing philosophy in adhering to the Police Department’s Mission Statement: The police department is committed to improving the quality of life in partnership with our community through fair and professional police services.  Each shift is supervised by a Lieutenant and two Staff Sergeants.  Patrol Officers are considered first responders and are responsible for investigating a variety of crimes and respond to all requests for police services.  Each Patrol Officer has received a minimum of 648 hours of Basic Law Enforcement Training and continue their law enforcement training throughout their career.  The officers are strategically assigned to a patrol area or district and provide 24 hours of continual coverage to the community. Officers responded to 64,024 calls for service in 2012.

Calls for police services are generated by citizens contacting Police Dispatch/ Communications to report criminal activity, or suspicious activity. Patrol Officers are responsible for investigating criminal violations, traffic violations, traffic collisions, and serving arrest warrants. Some officers in the Patrol Division have specialized training in Police K-9, Crime Scene Processing, Driving While Impaired (DWI) Detection, and Speed Enforcement.  

Patrol Desk   The Patrol Desk is staffed by former Burlington Police Officers, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM and from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday. As former officers, these individuals are helpful in answering inquiries from the public.  Citizens may contact the Patrol Desk by calling (336)-229-3503  

Police K-9   Each shift has one assigned canine and a canine handler that serves a dual role as a patrol officer.  Together with their canine partner they can be utilized for tracking suspects, suspect apprehension, building searches, and narcotics detection.

Drug Recognition Experts  The department has two officers that are specially trained in the detection and identification of narcotics impaired driving.  They assist officers in identifying the types of impairing substances that an impaired driver may have introduced into their body.  They also testify to the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of the identified narcotics.

Crime Scene Investigators  Each patrol shift has officers that have received specialized training directly related to crime scene processing.  The officers utilized advanced processing and photography training to recover and document evidence at crime scenes.  The officers are trained in recovering DNA, latent fingerprints, tool marks, hair, fiber and serology evidence.

Crime Stoppers  Crimes Stoppers is an anonymous system that allows citizens to report illegal activity to the police department and receive monetary rewards, depending on the type of information that is provided and the information’s usefulness in solving criminal activity.

Talks and Tour  Educational talks and tours of the police department are available for persons interested in gaining a brief exposure into the day to day operations of the police department.  Talks and tours can be scheduled by contacting Police Administration at (336)-229-3540.

Civilian Ride Along  Citizens can apply for permission to accompany an officer on a patrol shift and see first-hand what officer experience on a regular duty day.  Citizens are required to complete a short background check and schedule at time to ride at least two weeks in advance.