There are numerous ways in which you can get involved with the police department in a volunteer capacity. It is the policy of the Burlington Police Department to use qualified, well-trained, properly-vetted volunteers to perform specific tasks to improve efficiency and increase the productivity of existing sworn and civilian staff. Volunteers are people who perform services that are not sworn officers for the Burlington Police Department without promise, expectations, or receipt of payment for services rendered. This may include but is not limited to chaplains, Police Explorers, interns, or any other person that performs a defined job, task, or service that has been approved by the chief of police or designee. Any person who has completed the Community Police Academy or is scheduled to complete the Community Police Academy within one year of application is eligible to become a Community Police Volunteer. Applicants who do not meet the qualifications may request an exemption in writing. Requirements may be waived or modified at the discretion of the chief of police. Apply here.
We have listed some of the volunteer opportunities below, but these are not the only options:
- Explorer Scouts: A person between the ages of 14 and 20, who is a member of an established Explorer Program and performs supervised activities relating to law enforcement.
- Community Police Volunteers: A qualified citizen volunteer, who has completed the department's Citizens Academy, performs specific, approved tasks for the department. For more information, contact Greg Seel.
- Victim/ Witness Assistance Volunteer: A volunteer who has received specific training in the area of victim's assistance to include domestic violence (DV), court liaison, community outreach, and other related forms of assistance that involve victims of crimes. For more information, contact Staci Harris.
- Chaplains: An ordained pastor who volunteers their services to assist all employees of the department in matters of religious or spiritual counseling, victim assistance, and outreach into the community.
Burlington Motorist Assistance Program (BMAP):
The Burlington Motorist Assistance Program (BMAP) will assist stranded motorists within city limits (excluding interstate) with several services related to stranded vehicles. It’s designed to keep our roads safe, provide traffic control, and allow the department to utilize volunteers to reduce the demand for officers.
Burlington Motorist Assistance Program in Action
BMAP volunteers are uniquely positioned to support the department by reallocating officers to higher priority calls for service. BMAP volunteers will respond to dispatched and officer-initiated calls for service and aid the officer on the scene by:
- Block oncoming traffic with BMAP vehicle
- Provide traffic control
- Set up cones, flares, and/or barricades
- Direct responding EMS, Fire, or Wreckers to the scene
- Vehicle lock-outs
BMAP will be scheduled during times of highest demand for police services involving motor vehicle accidents. All volunteers must apply and complete BMAP training, including Motor Vehicle Crash Scene Management, Traffic Control, and Emergency Response Protocols.
Burlington Motorist Assistance Program Vehicles
BMAP vehicles are equipped with specialized tools, including:
- Traffic Cones
- Crime Scene tape
- Fire Extinguisher
- First Aid Kit and supplies
- Bottled Water
- Measuring device
- Marking paint
- Emergency Response Guidebook
- 50/100-foot rope
- Jump Box
- Push Brooms
- Lock-out tools
- Impact Wrench/Lug Wrench
- Assorted hand tools
Are you interested in joining our team? Apply to become a BMAP volunteer today!
Interested in becoming an intern at the BPD? We have opportunities for college and university students year-round as well as for high school students in the Alamance/ Burlington School System. Our internships are not paid and are project-based. We are in the process of developing a list of project areas where we can use your expertise or if you have a specific topic, we can help with that as well. Apply here.
High school students in the Alamance/ Burlington School System that want to participate in an internship should coordinate with the career development coordinator at their school. If you are a private or charter school that wishes to participate or if you have any questions, contact Greg Seel.