National and State Recognitions
The Department was first accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in April 1989, and it has maintained its accredited status ever since, being re-accredited in May 2017. For more information on the department's accreditation, click here
Individuals and units within the department frequently receive state and national awards for their outstanding work on cases or as professionals. Those awards are listed below.
- NENA Representative 2019
- North Carolina Gang Investigators Association 2019
- Executive of the Year 2018
- Officer Safety 2017
- Supervisors of the Year 2016
- RISE Nominees 2016
- GVCU conducted a nine-month investigation into a group of individuals associated with a Crip set. The investigation concerned a continuing criminal enterprise (CCE) involving members who were extorting individuals, conducting title fraud, trafficking narcotics and conducting sales of illegal firearms. Over the course of the investigation, this unit was able to purchase or recover (16) sixteen firearms, trafficking amounts of cocaine and ecstasy, and recover numerous stolen vehicles and property. In total, (9) nine individuals were charged with CCE along with nearly 70 other felony offenses. Many crimes were associated with individuals who were being extorted by means of intimidation.
- In July 2018, detectives began investigating a rash of robberies that occurred across the city within several days. This unit’s dedication to the pursuit of justice and long nights of surveillance allowed detectives to apprehend two individuals who were responsible. Detectives were able to link the suspects to multiple crimes which included (7) seven counts of Robbery with a dangerous weapon, (7) counts of First-degree Kidnapping, and (6) six counts of Assault by pointing a gun.
- In the summer to late fall of 2018, the gang unit investigated a homicide investigation that occurred earlier in the year. The investigation revealed members of a Blood set attempted to rob a drug dealer, killing him during the incident. Detectives pursued justice for the victim and family, ultimately arresting (6) individuals for murder nearly seven months later. Not only were these detectives able to solve this heinous crime, but were able to obtain confessions from five of the six individuals involved.
- In December 2018, the gang unit investigated a drug-related homicide that occurred behind an apartment complex with no known witnesses. Detectives of this unit quickly developed suspect information and were able to apprehend the offender, who was a Blood gang member, within two days. Once again detectives were able to obtain a confession from the offender, who ultimately identified two accomplices. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Chief J. Smythe and Master Police Officer (MPO) R. Henderson accepted the award at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund banquet held in honor of National Police Week in Washington, D.C. 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 out 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!"
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From the article:
"With hundreds of nomination 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 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."
For the full article and complete list of nominees, click here