Burlington police encourage citizens to sign up for ride-along program

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington police are hoping to strengthen the understanding between their officers and the communities they serve by giving civilians a better idea of what it's like to be in law enforcement.

"We encourage people that have questions or want to know what an officer's day looks like to come ride with us," Capt. Brian Long said. "We welcome that."

Burlington Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe started the Ride-Along Program in 2013. At a prayer vigil outside the police department Monday night, to honor the Dallas police shooting victims, Chief Smythe reminded citizens of the program and encouraged everyone to apply. He said it can provide civilians a better understanding of the pressures of law enforcement and the many situations they encounter.

To fill out an application for the Ride-Along program, visit burlingtonnc.gov.

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