Community Relations

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways in which you can get involved with the police department in a volunteer capacity. It is the policy of the Burlington Police Department to use qualified, well-trained, properly-vetted volunteers to perform specific tasks to improve efficiency and increase the productivity of existing sworn and civilian staff. Volunteers are people who perform services for the Burlington Police Department without promise, expectations, or receipt of payment for services rendered. This may include, but is not limited to chaplains, Police Explorers, interns, or any other person that performs a defined job, task, or service that has been approved by the chief of police or designee. Any person who has completed the Community Police Academy or is scheduled to complete the Community Police Academy within one year of application is eligible to become a Community Police Volunteer. Applicants who do not meet the qualifications may request an exemption in writing. Requirements may be waived or modified at the discretion of the chief of police.

Become a volunteer
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Listed below are the types of volunteer opportunities the department offers. Volunteer opportunities are not limited to these options.
  • Explorer Scouts: A person between the ages of 14 and 20, who is a member of an established Explorer Program and performs supervised activities relating to law enforcement.
  • Community Police Volunteers: A qualified citizen volunteer, who has completed the department's Citizens Academy, performs specific, approved tasks for the department. For more information, contact Greg Seel.
  • Victim/ Witness Assistance Volunteer: A volunteer who has received specific training in the area of victim's assistance to include domestic violence (DV), court liaison, community outreach, and other related forms of assistance that involve victims of crimes. For more information, contact Staci Harris.
  • Chaplains: An ordained pastor who volunteers their services to assist all employees of the department in matters of religious or spiritual counseling, victim assistance, and outreach into the community.

Internship Opportunities:

Interested in becoming an intern at the BPD? We have opportunities for college and university students year round as well as for high school students in the Alamance/ Burlington School System.  Our internships are not paid and are project-based. We are in the process of developing a list of project areas that we can use your expertise or if you have a specific topic, we can help with that as well. 
High school students in the Alamance/ Burlington School System that want to participate in an internship should coordinate with the career development coordinator at their school. If you are a private or charter school that wishes to participate or if you have any questions, contact Greg Seel.

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Junior Police Academy:

The Burlington Police Department Junior Police Academy is a nationally recognized youth program developed by the department in 1996. It currently involves a collaborative effort by the Burlington Police Department, Graham Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, and Alamance Burlington School System (ABSS). Its mission is to provide at-risk middle school aged juveniles social skills that can make them more productive students and members of our community.

Cadets are chosen by law enforcement staff from students recommended by ABSS. They are students who are considered to be at-risk and could possibly benefit from the JPA. Referrals are also received from parents and students who show interest in the program. Cadets undergo a very structured, well-disciplined, four week training program, which focuses on setting goals, developing self-esteem, learning respect, and resolving conflicts. It also teaches cadets mediation skills, anger management, violence, gang, and substance abuse prevention, and decision making skills. 

2019 JPA Class
The cadets work on community service projects each week to demonstrate teamwork and instill the value of giving back to the community.  These and other group activities are designed to improve inter-personal skills as well as show examples of positive alternatives to drug or gang activity.  Drills and physical fitness are used to develop teamwork and maintain discipline.  Guest speakers from the community are invited each week to reinforce the topics being discussed.  Graduates of previous Academies are also asked to share their personal experience in the Academy and how they have applied the skills learned in the Academy in various aspects of their life. The first week of the Academy is a 24-hour a day program, the participants and leaders travel to and stay on the east campus of the North Carolina Justice Academy. The rest of the academy is conducted at the Burlington Police/Fire Training Center on Quarry Road in Haw River, North Carolina.

The Burlington Police Department, as the founding agency, manages and oversees the Junior Police Academy for administrative and supervisory purposes. Burlington Police Department staff are assigned as officer-in-charge and academy coordinators.  Personnel from participating agencies fall under the direction of the Burlington Police Department officer-in-charge and academy coordinators who oversee the operation of the academy.

The JPA typically begins the first week of July each year and concludes after four weeks with a formal graduation ceremony. Academy cadets are mentored the following school year by personnel associated with the law enforcement agencies involved. Each participating agency commits personnel to undertake the academy and subsequent mentoring program. There is no cost to the cadets and their families for participating in the academy. Community donations are solicited to fund it in the form of cash, goods, and services from businesses, charitable organizations, and private citizens, with the exception of personnel, facilities, and transportation costs which are funded by the agencies involved. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the sponsors of the Junior Police Academy. We are a not-for-profit organization. Contributions may be tax deductible. To make donations or to get more information on the Junior Police Academy you may contact Mike Paschal.

Explorer Post:

The goal of this Explorer Post shall be to provide as much information and experience in the field of law enforcement and related areas as possible. We hope through better understanding of and familiarization with law enforcement, we can bring out the best potential in career-minded individuals and strive to make better citizens of all members. For more information, please contact Mike Giroux.

Our purpose is to provide opportunities for young adults in Burlington and surrounding areas to become knowledgeable in the work law enforcement officers are expected to perform. We try to stimulate interests in the career opportunities available in this field. We, also like to provide opportunities for young adults to become involved in police, civic, and recreational activities in association with law enforcement officers. 
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The Explorers organization coordinate several fundraisers throughout the year. We also strongly encourage our members to complete as many community service hours as possible. These volunteer opportunities can include anything from assisting with our annual blood drive, our continuous collection of newspapers and pet supplies for the animal shelter, and frequently playing the role of “McGruff” the crime fighting dog at public events. We like to keep our members busy, so we regularly schedule training for them which can include traffic stop maneuvers, building searches, team work techniques, and crime scene processing. Membership is simple. Our Post is open to all young people who meet the following criteria:
  • Must be between the ages of 14-20
  • Must have an interest in law enforcement
  • Must maintain at least a C+ average in school
  • Must not have a criminal record

Talks and Tours of the Department:

If you would like to schedule a tour of the department or have someone from our department come speak at your facility on a specific safety topic, please call (336) 229-3540 to make your request. Our officers and employees may only travel to locations within the city of Burlington. However, anyone is welcome to tour the police department. Please make your requests at least two weeks in advance, so that we have time to prepare for your visit.

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Coffee with a Cop:

The department frequently hosts Coffee with a Cop. It is an event designed to provide an opportunity for the community to come out and meet with officers over coffee. It's a great chance to talk with officers and ask questions, discuss events, and just get to know the officers who serve in your community. We would like to encourage citizens to come to the next Coffee with a Cop, so we can meet you and get to know the people in our community better. Please keep an eye on our website or Facebook for the date and time of the next Coffee with a Cop event. For more information, contact Bobby Davis.

Our next Coffee with a Cop will be scheduled sometime in the future. Stop by, say hello, grab a coffee or breakfast, and have a conversation with the people who serve in your community. We hope to see you there!



Every December the Burlington Police Department participates in a program called Shop with a Cop. Members of the BPD, both staff and civilian, take 75 underprivileged children shopping for their Christmas gifts at a local Walmart. The department spends $100 on each child and gives the family of that child a week's worth of groceries. We also take elderly citizens in the community that live alone a week's worth of groceries and spend some time with them. This program is made possible entirely from sponsorships and donations from the community. We wish to ensure every child has gifts, each family has food, and no one feels alone for the holidays. For more information, please contact Allie Davis or Capt. Mark Rascoe
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More Community Involvement:

Residents that wish to see first-hand what patrol officers encounter in their day-to-day activities may apply to go on a Ride-Along for a chance to accompany an officer while on duty. (They will need to fill out an application.) Residents who wish to better understand the broad scope of police work may sign up for our community academy. Each year the department participates in National Night Out, a program where officers go into the community to meet residents, share crime prevention tips and create positive relationships with the people they serve. To find out more information about each of these programs, please select the appropriate link below.
Request a ride along
community academy academia comunitaria
National Night Out

Our Community Partners:

Burlington Housing Authority, Burlington Recreation and Parks, Lab Corp, Positive Attitude Youth Center, Alamance Partnership for Children, the Alamance Alliance, Cardinal Innovations, Lost Souls Ministry, Centro Comunidad, Alamance Citizens for a Drug Free Community, the Department of Social Services, the Health Department, Alamance Community College, the United Way, Goodwill Industries,  the Alamance Burlington School System, and many more.