Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 11, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Department Meets with Bank Representatives
Best Practices, Robbery Prevention, and Working Partnerships Between Banks and Police Are Stressed
BURLINGTON — Police Chief Michael Kent is pleased to report that the Burlington Police Department had a productive and friendly meeting with local banking leaders last week.
Burlington bank managers and company representatives were recently invited to the Burlington Police Department’s Annual Bankers Meeting at Grandview Farms on Friday.
During the meeting, detectives from the Burlington Police Department, agents from the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force, and an FBI victim specialist gave presentations on bank security, prevention methods, response procedures, and intervention programs.
Bank representatives were also provided with a Best Practices DVD by the Bank Robbery Task Force. Detectives also exchanged contact information with representatives of each bank, in the hopes of maintaining strong communications links going forward.
“Relationships are key,” Chief Kent said. “During and after a bank robbery, the actions taken by management and employees can minimize the chance of injuries and maximize the likelihood that the suspect will be apprehended. It all starts with bank executives and police officers knowing each other and communicating.”
Burlington Police also extended an invitation to each bank offering to have detectives attend bank staff meetings, so that all employees are aware of the proper procedures during a bank alarm or robbery.
“The Burlington Police Department is continuing to engage the community, both residential and business, and we are committed to providing awareness programs while strengthening community relations,” said Burlington Police Detective Jim Tigges. “The department is also looking to meet with other specific types of businesses as a group in the future.”
Are you a business owner? Contact Detective Tigges today if you would be interested in meeting with the Burlington Police Department or would like to arrange a similar meeting for your business or industry. Email him at [email protected] or call 781-505-4921