Internal Affairs

The Burlington Police Department conducts thorough investigations into all allegations of police misconduct. Officers and employees are held to the highest standard of professional conduct. Responsibility for documentation and analysis of internal investigations lies with the Support Bureaus Assistant Chief:
Assistant Chief Chris Verdeck

PHONE

: (336) 229-3542 

FAX: 

(336) 229-3146

Internal Affairs Dispositions

Cases brought against officers or staff will be categorized as one of four dispositions:
  1. Sustained: Sufficient evidence and facts are present demonstrating the alleged behavior occurred and the employee is responsible
  2. Not sustained: The evidence and facts are inconclusive and no determination can be made regarding the alleged behavior.
  3. Unfounded: The evidence and facts are present demonstrating the allegations is false or the conduct did not occur.
  4. Exonerated: The evidence and facts are present demonstrating the alleged behavior did occur, however, that conduct is either justified and/or within departmental policy and training. A second possibility occurs when the investigation reveals the alleged officer was not present, and the facts conclusively show he/she was not involved.  

Annual Statistics for Internal Investigations


The department conducts an annual statistical summary of the investigations conducted throughout the year. Those yearly statistics are listed below:
2017: 3 internal investigations were conducted - 3 cases were sustained
2016: 10 internal investigations were conducted - 2 cases were Not Sustained, 4 cases were Exonerated (Action Justified), 3 cases were Sustained, and 1 case was Unfounded
2015: 6 internal investigations were conducted - 1 case was Not Sustained, 2 cases were Exonerated, 2 cases were Sustained, and 1 case was Unfounded
2014: 2 internal investigations were conducted - 1 case was Exonerated and 1 case was Sustained
2013: 4 internal investigations were conducted - 3 cases were Sustained and 1 case was Unfounded

Link(s) to other internal affairs sites:


North Carolina Internal Affairs Investigators Association