Police administration is comprised of a chief of police and two assistant chiefs. The chief of police is the chief executive officer for the agency. The assistant chief of operations commands the Operations Bureau, including all uniformed services. The assistant chief of support commands the Support Bureau, which includes Professional Standards and Internal Affairs. There are other support members within administration, the administrative assistant performs support and logistic functions to the chief of police and other administrative staff; a captain in the Professional Standards Division oversees the budget process. Please feel free to use the e-mail addresses below to contact any member of administration. 

2019 Annual Reports:

The Burlington Police Department compiles various report on an annual basis. These reports include our Internal Affairs Audit, general investigations reports, and more. They are made available to the public as a means of accountability and to develop trust with the community. If you would like further information, please contact us.

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Chief of Police J. Jeffrey Smythe

Chief Smythe has been the Chief of Police since May 2013. He has served in law enforcement for 33 years with various units, including three years at Arizona State University, nineteen years with the Scottsdale, Arizona Police Department, and five years as the Chief of Police with the Show Low Police Department. He has held a variety of positions in law enforcement, such as undercover narcotics enforcement with the Phoenix-based Drug Enforcement Administration task-forces, as a supervisor for Bicycle Patrol and High Enforcement Arrest Team (HEAT) in Scottsdale, and the lieutenant over the training function and property crimes division in Scottsdale as well. During his tenure as chief with the Show Low Police Department, he led that agency to its first CALEA accreditation. This was his second agency to gain accreditation after Scottsdale in 1994.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in justice studies from Arizona State University and a master's in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. In 2007, he graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (Session 242), and he attended the FBI National Academy (Session 244) in 2011. As of January 2018, Chief Smythe will be sworn in as a CALEA commissioner.

Assistant Chief Chris Gaddis

Support Bureau

Assistant Chief Chris Gaddis is a 26 year veteran of the Burlington Police Department and currently in command of the Support Bureau. He has previously served in supervisory roles within the Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Community Relations, and Professional Standards Divisions of the department. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. He is a 2017 graduate of the 270th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy.

Over the last twenty years, he has been instrumental in the development of staff acting as field training officer and instructor in several disciplines. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Alamance Community College and the North Carolina Justice Academy.
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Assistant Chief Brian Long

Operations Bureau

Assistant Chief Brian Long is a 26 year veteran of the Burlington Police Department, currently in command of the Operations Bureau. Assistant Chief Long has previously served in supervisory roles within the Criminal Investigation, Patrol, and Professional Standards Divisions of the police department. He holds a Bachelor's of Applied Science from Mt. Olive University in criminal justice and criminology. He graduated from the 258th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations' National Academy in 2014.

While serving in the Criminal Investigations Division of the BPD, he served as a task force officer with both the U.S. Secret Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration. He has been involved in the development of staff for over nine years in the role of Legal Update Instructor.

administrative staff

Title Name Phone
Chief of Police J. Jeffrey Smythe (336) 229-3540
Assistant Chief (Support Bureau) Chris Gaddis (336) 229-3543
Assistant Chief (Operations Bureau/ Media Relations) Brian Long (336) 229-3542
Captain (Professional Standards) Bret Currie (336) 229-3544
Policy and Personnel Specialist
Accreditation Manager
Kim Biebel (336) 229-3545
Administrative Assistant Rebecca Steciw (336) 229-3546