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Posted on: July 7, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Police Department to Reveal Strategic 5-year Plan

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Join the BPD at the Paramount Theater on July 14th from 6-8pm to learn about the Department's community-based strategic plan.

Burlington Police Department will reveal and discuss their new five-year community-based strategic plan on Tuesday, July 14th. This strategic plan was designed by the community through 7 strategic planning sessions that the Burlington Police Department hosted in March and April of 2015. Each session averaged attendance of approximately 25 community members and consisted of 4 hours of engaging discussion to identify both visions and strategic directions for the Burlington Police Department’s future. Additional sessions were also held internally with civilian and sworn employees of the Burlington Police Department.

At the culmination of the strategic planning sessions, the Burlington Police Department’s executive staff spent many hours combing through over 650 visions and strategic directions that had been generated at the meetings. These visions and directions were assembled and categorized to create what is now the Burlington Police Department’s five-year plan.

“I was so impressed with the diversity of input that we received,” commented Chief Smythe. “The sessions were a remarkable opportunity for citizens to engage in strategic planning with the police department. The community came together and truly created a vision for a better department.”

Gene Boswell and his wife participated in a community-based strategic planning session held at the Burlington Housing Authority. He commented that the sessions were “bridging the gap between the community and the Burlington Police Department.”

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the introduction of strategic plan at the Paramount Theater (128 East Front Street) at 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 14th. More information about the Burlington Police Department Strategic Plan is available online at

View photos from the entire strategic planning process here:

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