Mission Statement:

"The Burlington Police Department is committed to improving the quality of life, in partnership with our community, through fair and professional police services."

Policing with a Purpose:

  • Preserving the sanctity of life
  • Nurture and protect democracy
  • Ensure procedural justice and fundamental fairness
  • Spirit of service
  • Protect the community from harm
  • Treat all individuals with dignity and respect - the ethical foundation of policing
Chief Jeffrey Smythe

Chief of Police J. Jeffrey Smythe




(336) 229-3540
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Cadet Blog:

The department is following Cadet Moore as she completes her Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program. View this week's lesson here.


Citizens are asked to call Crimestoppers with any information regarding crime. All calls are confidential and information leading to an arrest is eligible for a reward. Visit Crimestoppers for more information.
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Crime Data:

Citizens can view crime statistics about the city of Burlington through LexisNexis. See our crime statistics here.



We offer a ride-along program to Burlington residents. The program allows citizens to accompany patrol officers while on duty so they may get a glimpse into what it is like to patrol the city of Burlington. If you would like to go on a ride-along, you can apply here.

Report (2)Report It:

If you are a victim of a property crime, law enforcement will want to know the serial numbers of the stolen items. ReportIt allows you to store that information in a private account for easy access  should you need to provide that information to the police. Register for an account here.


dare daysD.A.R.E. Days:

The D.A.R.E. program lasts throughout the school year; it is designed to encourage students to make responsible choices. 12 local elementary and middle schools participate in the program. Those students who have completed the program were treated to a fun-filled day at the YMCA. Students danced, ran relay races, ate pizza, and played dodgeball with the staff. Both the students and the staff had a great time taking a break from work and school to celebrate their achievement in completing the program.  Click here for more information on the D.A.R.E. program and ways you can get involved.

CITIZENS ACADEMYSpring Citizens' Academy Graduation:

On May 11, the participants in the 2018 Spring Citizens' Academy graduated the 11 week program with a new appreciation for the work of law enforcement in their community. Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 class. Space is limited, so apply here quickly.

officer ostman in the newsIn the news:

Officer Rosie Ostman was recently featured in a story by Fox8. Ofc. Ostman assisted a family when their home was broken into recently. "You don't want someone who just got broken into to feel like they are still vulnerable," she said. Read the full story here. If you would like to read more articles about the BPD visit our in the news section.
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High Five Fridays:

Officers from the department on Fridays will frequently visit local Burlington area schools to high-five the students as they make their way into school. Both the kids and the officers enjoy this chance to greet each other and start their Friday off in a special way. High Five Fridays are just one of the ways the department likes to build relationships with the students in our community. More information on our school resource officers and our involvement with the schools here.

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Join Our Team:

The department is always looking for individuals who are eager to serve in their community. If you are interested in joining our team you can apply here.

What to during a traffic stop:

The department frequently gives the community a glimpse into the workings of the BPD. In this most recent episode, Officer Harris-Stewart covers what to do if you are stopped by a law enforcement officer for a traffic stop. Go Inside the BPD to find out what you should do.

Most Wanted:

The department provides weekly updates to the top 10 most wanted individuals in the city. These individuals are wanted on felony or similar charges, and we appreciate any information citizens can provide. See the list here.
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Accident Reports:

The department makes all accident reports available digitally. If you need to obtain a copy of your report for insurance purposes, you can obtain a copy here.
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Police Reports:

If you need access to your police report for any reason, you may request one by email. You will need to fill out your personal information and submit it, and then our Records Department will respond as quickly as they can. Request your report here.
Fingerprinting for applications


The Records Division provides fingerprint services to residents or employees in the city. There is a $10 fee for each application. You must be a resident of Burlington or seeking employment within the city limits in order to use our fingerprinting service. More information here.