Assessment of the Burlington Police Department

Following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., in May 2020, many communities around the nation experienced demands for racial justice and a reckoning with their systems of policing and public safety. This was also true here in Burlington. In June 2020, the Burlington City Council passed a resolution to conduct an operational and functional assessment of the Burlington Police Department. This assessment is now underway.

The goals of the assessment are to help the City's Joint Committee, which is made up of the City Council's Public Safety Committee and the City's Police Commission, develop the following: a recommended list of Burlington Police Department services, a recommendation on policing alternatives to implement, a recommendation for models to identify appropriate staffing levels, and a transition plan for handing off next steps to community stakeholders and City staff.

This page contains more information and resources about the operational and functional assessment of the Burlington Police Department, as well as information about how to share your input.

Public Input

Background Information

The City is working with two consultants on this process: Talitha Consults is helping the City conduct robust a public engagement process around this assessment, and the firm CNA is conducting the assessment.

Key documents related to BPD Assessment:

Key documents related to public engagement for the BPD Assessment: