Inside the BPD
The Burlington Police Department would like to welcome you "Inside the BPD". We will frequently post videos that cover all of the different types of things we as your local police department do or are involved. We will have videos with tips on how to successfully dial 911 or what to do when you are in a traffic stop. We also have videos that show what our training looks like and various community programs in which we participate. You can view
our "Inside the BPD" videos below or visit our Youtube and Facebook pages for more information and older clips.
Why we're wearing pink:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The department has created special pink badges for our officers to wear and designed a special pink patrol car to draw attention to the disease. The officers had to purchase their own badges and part of the money that was raised will go to ARMC's Pink Ribbon Fund, which helps pay for diagnostic procedures or medical costs for local women who might not be able to afford it. We hope if you see our officers with pink badges or our pink patrol car, you will be reminded to get your annual check-up.
Police Officer Physical Abilities Test:
How do we stay fit? This is the main test that every officer has to pass in order to be an officer. This test is done twice a year. There are two phases which include push-ups, jumping fences, dragging a dummy, and more. We take training very seriously so as to protect ourselves and protect our citizens.
National Night Out:
"National Night Out is a time when police officers and the community can come together and form a partnership with each other." It has grown to include approximately 46 neighborhoods, which are ones that are usually involved in our community watch programs. It is a good opportunity to have positive interactions with police officers. "It's a good opportunity to have a laid-back conversation with the folks that live here."
How to make a successful 911 call:
We want our citizens to feel prepared when they call 911, so that is what we cover in this Inside the BPD video. When you call into 911,the most important thing is to be as calm as possible. The first question the 911 operator will ask is "What is the location of the emergency?" We have to know this information first so we can get to the emergency in a timely fashion. They will ask other questions like "What is going on?" and "Are there any suspects?" Provide as much information as you can because the more we have the better we can help.
What to do during a traffic stop:
The most important things to do during a traffic stop are to stay calm and comply with the requests of the officer. When you see emergency lights and/or hear a siren begin the process of pulling your vehicle to the side of the road. Once you have safely pulled over place your vehicle in park, keep your hands visible, and await instructions from the officer. View the video for more tips on what to do when you are pulled over by an officer.
Have you seen something suspicious? Want to know how to contact Crimestoppers? It's anonymous, it's easy, and you might be rewarded. Call Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100 if you have any information regarding criminal activity and for more information visit Crimestoppers.