HONORING BPD FALLEN OFFICER MATTHEW PAVELKA & DEPUTY CITY MARSHAL LUTHER COLSON

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As a Burbank Police Officers’ Association tradition, a wreath is placed at The Guardians statue to honor our fallen heroes.  Thank you to the BPD Honor Guard for the beautiful wreath presentation ceremony. Today marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Officer Matthew Pavelka, End of Watch, November 15, 2003. Matthew Pavelka was appointed as an officer for the City of Burbank on August 5, 2002. The BPD had not lost an officer in the line of duty ...
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BPOA & BPD Donate to Burbank Temporary Aid Center

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The Burbank Police Officers’ Association and Burbank Police Department command staff partnered once again to support the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s mission to provide Thanksgiving meals to Community members in need.  The joy of the holidays are accompanied by a sobering reminder of the many individuals and families struggling financially this season.  It is our pleasure to give back to the Community we serve. Lieutenant Jay Hawver, ...
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Burbank Pink Police Cruiser

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The Burbank Police Department is raising awareness to fight breast cancer throughout the month of October. "Back Burbank Blue" goes PINK! Look out for us around town!

HONORING BPD FALLEN OFFICER RICHARD E. KUNKLE

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HONORING BPD FALLEN OFFICER RICHARD E. KUNKLE EOW SEPTEMBER 22, 1961 Today marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Officer Richard E. Kunkle, End of Watch, September 22, 1961.   As a Burbank Police Officers’ Association tradition, a wreath was placed at The Guardians  statue in honor of our fallen hero.   Members of Officer Kunkle’s family were in attendance.   BPD Honor Guard Officers, Aaron Denning and Paul Lin presented, and Se...
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9-11 Letter

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So often we commemorate the day or memorialize an overwhelming mass tragedy, but lose sight of the individuals, the moments in time, the instances that change our world. The below letter, written to a 9/11 survivor, to the police officer who saved her that day, could easily go out to any Officer in the field today. In instances each and every day, they give of themselves selflessly, without hesitation, in the face of fear. Alongside members from ...
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BPOA & BCEA JOIN FORCES TO OFFER A $1,000 REWARD

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Sharing the outrage of the Burbank community over a recent, selfish act of theft from BCR “A Place to Grow,” the Burbank Police Officers’ Association and Burbank City Employees Association elected to each offer a $500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. 1   BCR is a local non-profit organization providing care and services for members of the Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando Valley, and neighboring L...
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HONORING BPD FALLEN OFFICER DEPUTY CITY MARSHAL ROBERT L. NORMAND

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HONORING BPD FALLEN OFFICER Deputy City Marshal Robert L. Normand Sunday marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Deputy City Marshal Robert L. Normand, End of Watch, July 30, 1920. As a BPOA tradition, a wreath will be placed at The Guardians statue in honor of our fallen hero. “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” By Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor. We will always honor our heroes for their service and ultimate...
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"Carry The Load" Fallen BPD Officer Matthew Pavelka Honored

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FALLEN BURBANK POLICE OFFICER MATTHEW PAVELKA HONORED IN “CARRY THE LOAD” EVENT Over Memorial Day weekend, fallen Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka was honored by the Rowlett, Texas Police Department during the annual “Carry the Load” event.  This event is a two-day march across several cities in Texas honoring heroes and fallen police officers nationwide.  During the march, Rowlett Police Corporal David Norberg walked the first se...
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Burbank Police Department Honoring Fallen Officer Joseph R. Wilson

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HONORING BPD FALLEN OFFICER JOSEPH R. WILSON Saturday marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Officer Joseph R. Wilson, End of Watch, June 17, 1961. As a BPOA tradition, a wreath will be placed at The Guardians statue in honor of our fallen hero. “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” By Vivian Eney Gross, Survivor. We will always honor our heroes for their service and ultimate sacrifice they made to secure o...
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National Police Week honored 135 fallen

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In 2016, the profession of law enforcement, and our nation, lost 135 police officers in the line of duty. This national figure is the highest it has been since 2001, with nearly half of these brave men and women having been killed in ambush-style attacks; with the remaining being a result of various other incidents, including traffic-related accidents and suffering heart attacks on the job.   This May marks the 55th year, in which thousands ...
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BPOA PRESIDENT'S LETTER-BUDGET 2017/2018

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May 12, 2017 Dear BPOA Members: As you may or may not know, the city is currently engaged in the adoption of a new budget for fiscal year 2017/18. As part of the process, the Finance Services Director along with the City Manager also prepare a forecast to estimate expenses, looking forward five or more years. In late March, the City Manager made a presentation at BPD to outline the current fiscal year budget, as well as the future financial outlo...
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55th National Police Week

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May 2017 marks the 55th year by which our nation will pay tribute to the men and women of our local, state and federal peace officers. National Police Week is an annual event, conceived from “Police Day”, which was created in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, designating May 15 as a time in which our nation would pause, gather, and most of all, to remember, those brave men and women who gave their final breath for the sa...
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BPOA MEMBERS DONATE TOYS

Thank you to all the men and women of the Burbank Police Officers' Assocation for their generous donations.  The BPOA presented a sliegh full of toys to The Slavation Army - Burbank.  Lieutenant Brittany Baker and Cadet Julianna Silvas, along with Jancie Lowers, BPD Retired Captain were grateful for the toys given that will bless children and their families during this holiday season. Have a safe holiday. The Burbank Police Officers' As...
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BPOA & BPD Donate to Burbank Temporary Aid Center


The Burbank Police Officers’ Association and Burbank Police Department command staff partnered once again to support the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s mission to provide Thanksgiving meals to Community members in need.  The joy of the holidays are accompanied by a sobering reminder of the many individuals and families struggling financially this season.  It is our pleasure to give back to the Community we serve. Burbank Police Officers...
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Honoring BPD Fallen Officer Matthew Pavelka


The Burbank Police Department had not lost an officer in the line of duty by gunfire for more than eighty-three years.  On the evening of November 15, 2003, that all changed.  Veteran Officer Gregory Campbell had stopped a vehicle, without license plates, containing two males.  The area where the stop was made was well known for drug trafficking and other criminal activity, so Campbell wisely called for backup. The first officer to...
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HONORING BPD FALLEN OFFICER RICHARD E. KUNKLE

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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Officer Richard E. Kunkle EOW 9/22/1961. As a BPOA tradition, a wreath has been placed at The Guardians statue in honor of our fallen hero. “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” by Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor. We will always honor our heroes for their service and ultimate sacrifice they made to secure our safety. Jay Hawver, President Burbank Police Officers’ ...
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HONORING BPD FALLEN OFFICER DEPUTY CITY MARSHAL ROBERT L. NORMAND

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  Tom orrow  marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Officer Deputy City Marshal Robert L. Normand, EOW 7/30/1920.  Deputy City Marshal Normand was shot and killed when he and a constable stopped a suspicious at the intersection of Third Street and Tujunga Avenue. Deputy Marshal Normand had observed three men driving the vehicle at night with its lights off and requested assistance from the constable to stop it. Both officers were shot...
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"Morale low, lack of improvement felt within Burbank Police Department" The Burbank Leader

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"Staffing shortages,    fewer opportunities for job growth and a perception of bias in promotions and policy enforcement are hampering morale at the Burbank Police Department, according to the results of a police-union-administered survey."   Click Here to Read Full Article

HONORING BPD FALLEN OFFICER JOSEPH R. WILSON

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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Officer Joseph R. Wilson EOW 6/17/1961. As a BPOA tradition, a wreath has been placed at The Guardians statue in honor of our fallen hero. “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” by Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor. We will always honor our heroes for their service and ultimate sacrifice they made to secure our safety. Jay Hawver, President Burbank Police Officers’ A...
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Auditor eyes Burbank Police Department's handling of Tom Angel's derogatory emails (The Burbank Leader - May 20, 2016)

"I need independence so that people believe it, because there's a lot of mistrust at this point," interim City Manager Ron Davis said Friday. Click Here to read news article.  

Mailbag: Derogatory emails call ethics into question

"The emails mocking women, ethnic and religious groups  sent out by former Deputy Chief of Police Tom Angel  while working at the Burbank Police Department are reprehensible." (From The LA Times/The Burbank Leader May 6, 2016) Click Here to read news article.

After sheriff's chief of staff, former Burbank deputy chief resigns, questions remain - The Burbank Leader

"I don't care which agency he was servicing at the time, he should've been out." — Minnie Hadley-Hempstead, president of the NAACP Los Angeles (From The L.A. Times/The Burbank Leader - May 6, 2016)   Click Here to read news article.

Burbank Police Officers' Association Statement Regarding L.A. Times Article

The Burbank Police Officers' Association released the following statement in response to today's L.A. Times article ( Click here to read the L.A. Times Article) : The Burbank Police Officers' Association (BPOA) was made aware of several official emails that were obtained through a public records request.  The emails contain comments that are offensive to women, as well as various ethnic and religious groups.  The emails were sent from a...
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Spate of gang violence in Burbank renews past concerns - LA Times

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Burbank police arrest a reputed gang member during a gang enforcement patrol conducted one recent Friday night.  (Photo by Alene Tchekmedyian) Click here to read news article.  

Staffing Shortages Stymie Burbank Police

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Burbank Police News Release

BURBANK POLICE DEPARTMENT 200 North Third Street, Burbank, CA 91502 O FFICIAL N EWS R ELEASE DATE: March 18, 2016   B URBANK  R ESIDENT AND  B ASEBALL  C OACH  A RRESTED FOR  H AVING  S EX WITH A  M INOR On Thursday evening, March 17, 2016, the Burbank Police Department was contacted by the family of a 17 year-old female, who attends John Burroughs High School. The juvenile told officers she had been having...
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The State of Policing in America Reported by MSNBC

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Most of us get up in the morning. go about our days and never think about our local law enforcement officers, unless we hear another negative story on the news.  There is a perception that there are a lot of bad cops out there.  However the reality is that 99.1% of Law Enforcement officers are NOT accused of any misconduct of any kind.    In 2015, 965 civilians were fatally shot by officers, this kind of situation gets the med...
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