National and State Recognitions
The Department was first accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in April, 1989, and it has maintained its accredited status ever since, being re-accredited in May 2017. For more information on the department's accreditation, click here
Chief J. Smythe and Master Police Officer (MPO) R. Henderson accepted the award at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund banquet held in honor of National Police Week in Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2017. Chief Smythe proudly shares this award with the agency and the community. He said, "This is symbolic of the professionalism and excellence exhibited by our officers on a daily basis. Our officers work in chaotic and dangerous times, and it is out obligation to provide them the very best in training, equipment, and oversight. I am confident we do that at the highest level, and we will continue to be one of the premier police agencies in North Carolina. And we are accepting applications should any officer want to join the best!"
See our strategies for improved officer safety
From the article:
"With hundreds of nomination from across the country - and Canada! - this year, it's difficult to choose which to recognize for the 2016 RISE Awards. But it's easy to see that law enforcement officers are doing outstanding work, from community outreach to agency leadership and so much more."
"The Burlington Police Department (North Carolina) embarked on a campaign to improve officer safety, purchasing equipment, implementing training and changing policies to reduce officer injuries and prevent line-of-duty deaths. Safety measures include the purchase of tactical medical kits and ballistic helmets and vehicle panels, as well as mandatory minimum staffing and permanent shifts in the patrol division. The permanent shifts allow officers to develop regular sleep and eating patterns, leading to overall improvements in health and well-being."
"The department also renovated a city warehouse into gym facility and provides free nutritional training. For all officers involved in a shooting incident or other critical incident, attendance is mandatory for debriefings with a newly established peer support team. Officers are now more involved in creating policies and guiding the future of the department through issue-based committees, which builds morale and increases job satisfaction."
For the full article and complete list of nominees, click here