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Burlington Police Department Nationally Recognized for Officer Safety

BURLINGTON, NC— The Burlington Police Department has been recognized by the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund and the Bureau of Justice Assistance Destination Zero  Program's "Comprehensive Officer Safety and Officer Wellness Award" for 2017. The Destination Zero program works in concert with the Below 100 Program and both are focused on reducing the number of officers annually who are injured or killed.  The name “Destination Zero" literally sets the goal of having zero officers killed in any given year.  Program participants and applicants are recognized for their efforts that help to reduce that risk and increase officer safety. The Destination Zero program was established several years ago by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to help agencies improve the health and safety of law enforcement officers across the country. Awards are given to the top agencies in the nation in each of the following four categories: General Officer Safety, Officer Traffic Safety, Officer Wellness and the final overall category of Comprehensive Safety.

Chief Smythe and Master Police Officer (MPO) Russell Henderson accepted the award at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Banquet in honor of National Police Week in Washington, DC 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 our 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!" 





 Communications Award
 On September 14, 2016, Stephanie Chatman (Communications Manager) received the North Carolina Chapter of National Emergency Number Association 2016 Supervisor of the Year Award.
yon Harris(Technology Manager) received the North Carolina National Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public Safety Officials 2016 Information Technologist of the Year Award.



RISE Awards: Check out a dozen of our outstanding 2016 nominees

These officers and agencies go above and beyond in myriad ways to serve and protect their communities



With hundreds of nominations 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 a 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.

Winners for the RISE Award were announced in early September.  It was an honor to be recognized and nominated for this award!