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 excellent opportunities for staff development and advancement. We encourage prospective employees and everyone to explore below the different units our officers and civilian staff have the chance to be involved with us.
Community Relations Division:
The Community Relations Division is involved in various community actions and events to support the community and promote positive police involvement in our area. CRD is staffed by one captain, a lieutenant, and a community relations officer. They are responsible for events like our yearly National Night Out where the department goes into the community to visit with our neighbors and discuss issues. They work to help the community prevent crime through initiatives like the #9pmroutine and Crimestoppers. They also partner in events like our Cops Care program, Community Academy, and our Junior Police Academy.
Criminal Investigations Division:
The Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of three different units: Special Victims, Major Crimes, and Mobile Detectives. There are currently fifteen (15) detectives throughout the division. An SVU detective is responsible for investigating cases that involve domestic violence, child or elder abuse, and other cases of a sensitive nature. They receive specialized training in unique investigative tactics for investigating these types of crimes and interacting with their victims. Major crimes detectives are responsible for investigative shootings or other major violent crimes cases. They handle gang-related and other similar types of cases. The mobile detectives handle fraud and breaking and entering cases. They respond to new incidents to ensure that all-important information is gathered.
The K9 Unit is currently comprised of several handlers and their canines. These dogs are utilized for tracking missing persons or fleeing subjects. They are also used for various types of drug searches. The dogs and their handlers attend a variety of training sessions in addition to training on a weekly basis. In order to join the canine unit, officers are required to have a minimum of two years of experience on patrol with BPD. Handlers and their canines are assigned to a particular patrol team to assist on calls as needed.
The Patrol Division 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 Community Relations 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 an 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.