Chief Chris Burbank
Chief Burbank has been with the Salt Lake City Police Department since 1991. Appointed to the position of Chief of Police in March 2006, he became the 45th Chief of the Department.
Chief Burbank has been an outspoken opponent to the cross deputization of police officers as immigration enforcement agents. He has participated in several national conferences regarding the issue, including the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division’s 2009 Title VI Conference. In May 2010, Chief Burbank and nine other Police Chiefs met with Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Arizona immigration laws. During the last two years, he addressed the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary regarding racial profiling and civil rights issues.
Chief Burbank was chosen by the Salt Lake Tribune as Utahn of the Year for 2011. The state’s largest newspaper cited his handling of several high profile protest incidents and stated, “Burbank’s stature as a community leader, including a willingness to endure threats and criticism over his position on immigration enforcement, is noteworthy at a time of ebbing confidence in those elected to govern.”
Chief Burbank was honored for his work on behalf of the women and children who live, play and grow by the YWCA Salt Lake City as the 2010 Public Official of the Year. Additionally, in 2010, Chief Burbank was recognized by the Utah Minority Bar Association as their Honoree of the Year for his service to minority communities and dedication to diversity.
In May 2009, Chief Burbank received special recognition from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah for work in protecting immigrant civil rights. In June 2009, he was recognized by the Latino Community Center for his dedication to community policing in building and maintaining a great foundation with the Latino community. Additionally that year, Chief Burbank received the Vicki Cottrell Community Hero Award from the Utah National Alliance on Mental Illness for assistance to individuals suffering from mental illness.
Chief Burbank was appointed a Venue Commander during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, also serving as a liaison to the U.S. Secret Service during the Games. He was recognized by Director Brian Stafford, United States Secret Service, for outstanding cooperation in support of its protective mission, by Utah Governor Michael Leavitt for his contribution to the law enforcement volunteer program, and by Major General Brian L. Tarbet, Adjutant General, Utah National Guard, for exceptional meritorious service in support of the Games.
Chief Burbank has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Utah and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute, Class XXX and serves on the Board of Directors for the NEI Associates. Chief Burbank serves as the First Vice President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an assembly of the 69 largest policing agencies in the United States and Canada. He served as the Chair of the Valley Police Alliance during its inception and is proud to sit on the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
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- Chief Burbank’s Abridged/Oral Comments Before the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (June 17, 2010)
- Chief Burbank’s Formal/Written Comments Submitted to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (June 17, 2010)
- Chief Burbank talking with local reporters May 27, 2010, about his position against local enforcement of federal immigration law