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. 

administrative staff

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

Organizational Chart:

This chart of how the department is organized can help citizens better understand the chain of command within the department. It, also, helps to understand exactly which department or unit is responsible for a certain situation, case, or issue.

Contact Us:

267 w. front st
burlington, nc

(336) 229-3503


(336) 229-3146
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Police Chief J. Jeffrey Smythe

Burlington Police Department

Chief Jeffrey Smythe
Chief Smythe has been the Chief of Police since May 2013. He has served in law enforcement for over 31 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.
Before working in law enforcement, Assistant Chief Verdeck served for three years in the United States Army as an Airborne Paratrooper. He began his career in law enforcement in June of 1989. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in February of 2011. He graduated from Tracy High School in Tracy, Minnesota, and he earned his associate degree in criminal justice from Alamance Community College in 2001. In 2008, he earned his bachelor's degree with a double major in criminal justice and community justice and policy studies from Guilford College. 

 During his tenure with the Burlington Police Department, he has worked in all areas of police work including: Patrol, Traffic, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Community Policing Divisions. He has supervised and managed the Professional, Training, Evidence, and Records Departments. He, also, previously supervised the Animal Services Department. Currently, he manages the Support Bureau, which includes the Professional Standards and Criminal Investigations Divisions, as well as the Internal Investigations and Special Response Team.
Assistant Chief Chris Verdeck

Support Bureau

Chris Verdeck

Assistant Chief Brian Long

Operations Bureau

Chief Long Photo 

Assistant Chief Brian Long is a 23 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.