Police Chief Thomas P. Browne

Welcome to the Burlington, MA Police Department website.  
I hope that you find the information about our department helpful and encourage you to contact us for any assistance you may find necessary.

The Burlington Police Department is comprised of a very dedicated group of professional men and women that have made it their calling to serve the public.  I am proud to lead this group as the Chief of Police, and I am sure that any of your interactions with anyone affiliated with the department will be positive.  However, if for any reason we should fall short, please let us know.  Our department is a full-service police department with many special divisions and units.  We offer many services to the residents, businesses and visitors of Burlington and we would love to hear your recommendations for improved services.   However, we also love to hear what we do well….so please be sure to let us know.

For anyone interested in a career with the Burlington Police Department, periodically check in with us under our “Recruitment” page for notices about upcoming exams.  We anticipate holding a recruitment process every two years or less and we encourage you to apply if you think you have what it takes to be a Burlington Police Officer.  Regardless of when the process begins, your preparation should begin now.  All of the necessary qualifications and the job description can be found on this site.

Thank you for exploring our site and stay healthy!

Thomas P. Browne
Chief of Police


Friday, May 27, 2022

Chief Browne releases a letter to the community regarding the police department's ability to respond to major incidents in light of the Uvalde, TX school shooting.

Friday, June 10, 2022

The department will be hosting informational sessions on Wednesday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 22 – 7:00 pm at Grandview in the main hall regarding the recent school/mass shootings. These sessions will focus on our specific readiness to respond to these calls for service.  We will have various members of the police department staff present to speak on their specific areas of expertise related to threat assessments, active threat response protocols, and ongoing cooperation and joint training efforts with the school department. Police Department Command as well as SWAT Team Leadership will speak to special response for school threat situations; readiness drills; ongoing training; equipment overviews, and various other related topics. 


Our objective in offering these sessions is to provide the community with confidence that the Burlington Police Department prioritizes training and preparedness for these scenarios. Further, that the department personnel have the necessary skills to respond in a timely manner with scalable assets should the need arise.  We understand that there is no population more deserving of our protection than our children in schools and we train constantly on our ability to combat active shooters in Burlington. Please RSVP to tkirchner@bpd.org or (781) 505-4966 as the venue has capacity limits.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 

Burlington Police Department Receives $500,000 Grant to Assist Mental Health Outreach

BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce that the Burlington Police Department will receive a $500,000 Cummings Foundation grant that will support the Burlington Mental Health Initiative for the next decade.

The grant money will allow the Department to:

    Hire a part-time Problem Solving Analyst who will gather, analyze and share information regarding under-served populations facing mental-health challenges.

    Continue its lease of its VirTra virtual reality training simulator, which allows first responders to train collaboratively, focusing on de-escalation techniques and positive outcomes.

    Create a formal schedule for the Burlington Community Response Team, which consists of the Burlington Police and Fire Departments, town boards and other departments, and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. The BCRT will identify mental-health challenges in the community and use its expertise to address those challenges.

The Cummings Foundation's $25 Million Grant Program primarily supports nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Forty previous $100,000 grant recipients, including the Burlington Police Department, were selected for larger 10-year grants in recognition of their success.

“Mental health is a continuing challenge in our community, one that has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Chief Kent said. “This grant will allow the Department and our partners to have the tools to de-escalate a mental health crisis and help those who need services.”

"With this grant we will be able to build upon the great strides we have made through Burlington Police’s Mental Health Initiative, which was undertaken in 2018 with another generous grant by the Cummings Foundation," said Capt. Greg Skehan, who led the application process and will oversee the program. "We will be better able to identify challenges in the community, and address them pro-actively instead of reactively.” 

Chief Kent, Deputy Chief Thomas Browne and Capt. Skehan have been invited to formally accept the grant at a Cummings Foundation virtual ceremony on Thursday, June 10, 2021. 



A message from the Burlington Police Department

Contact: Tom Zuppa

Phone: 617-993-0003

Email: tom@jgpr.net