BPD at a Glance

The Burlington Police Department is one of the top police departments in the state of North Carolina and even the nation. Our officers are highly trained and passionate about the community they serve, and we provide opportunities for staff development and advancement. 

We encourage prospective employees and everyone to explore the different units our officers and civilian staff have the chance to be involved in with us.

  1. Patrol
  2. Community Relations
  3. Criminal Investigations Division
  4. K9
  5. SWAT
  6. Traffic
  7. Training

Patrol is the largest section within the Burlington Police Department. They are the initial responder to a variety of calls that come into our Communications Center. Patrol officers can receive training in many different specialties, such as Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) and all of our officers are required to become certified in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).

All new officers go through BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training) followed by a period of field training with an experienced officer. 

School Resource Officers:

School Resource Officers are a specialized unit under the Operations Division. Each officer is assigned to a particular school within Burlington city limits. They are there to create a positive interaction with students and keep these schools safe. Many of our SROs serve as D.A.R.E.officers in addition to being SRO. They teach students throughout the school year and then participate in D.A.R.E. Days at the end of the year. They also host High Five Fridays to greet the students as they come to school at the end of the week as well as other events. 

Professional Staff:

BPD employs civilian staff members in different departments, including Communications, Crime Analysis Unit, Criminal Investigation Division, Evidence Control Unit, and Records. 

We have several civilian administrators as well as our records, evidence, and communications staff.  Some units have additional professional staff who work as assistants for investigations or in other capacities. 

Our professional staff are an important part of the department and facilitate many vital aspects of the department's functions.