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About Our Command Staff

Operations Division Commander –

Lieutenant Richard Sullivan #64

In February 1998, Lt. Richard Sullivan was hired as a police officer for the Burlington Township Police Department.  He graduated the Burlington County Police Academy later that year and was assigned to the Patrol Bureau.  Throughout his time in patrol, Lt. Sullivan served as a Filed Training Officer, and spent time assigned to the Street Crimes Unit.  In July of 2007, he was assigned to the Investigations Bureau as a Detective.  Shortly after, he was promoted to Sergeant in February 2008, and assigned back to the Patrol Bureau as a Squad supervisor.  Lt. Sullivan served as a Patrol Sergeant until May 2014 when he was assigned to an administrative Sergeant position in charge of the Community Resource Bureau.  In October 2015, Lt. Richard Sullivan was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant.

Lt. Sullivan is a graduate of Burlington Township High School, Class of 1990.  He attended Rutgers University earning his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Public Administration and Management.  He is also a Certified Public Administrator (CPM).  When not as work, Lt. Sullivan enjoys spending time with his wife and their 2 daughters, exercising, and furthering his education.

Lt. Sullivan is currently assigned to the position of Operations Division Commander.  The Operations Division is comprised of the Patrol Bureau and Investigations Bureau.  Lt. Sullivan may be contacted via email as

Patrol Bureau

The Patrol Bureau consists of four (4) squads of officers on a rotating "Pitman Schedule" to provide 24-hour coverage to the Burlington Township community.  Each squad is comprised of 1 Patrol Sergeant (supervisor), approximately 6+ patrol officers, and 1 civilian Police Services Officer (PSO).

Investigations Bureau

The Investigations Bureau conducts investigations that are brought to the attention of the bureau through patrol officers' case reports and intelligence reports.  The Investigations Bureau is also responsible for conducting background investigations for firearms permits, ABC licensing, and employment.  The Investigations Bureau is comprised of 1 Detective Sergeant (supervisor), 4 Detectives, and 1 Evidence Clerk.


Administrative Division Commander –

Lieutenant John Bird #84

Lt. Bird was hired by Burlington Township Police Department in 2006, as a Patrol Officer.  During this time, he was a member of the Traffic Safety Unit, Community Resource Unit, Bicycle Patrol Unit, Adopt-A-Cop, Field Training Officer, and Radar Instructor.  In 2014, Lt. Bird was assigned to the Investigative Bureau where he worked as a Detective.  In addition, Lt. Bird was selected as Officer of the Year for 2014.  Lt. Bird was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2016, and returned to the Patrol Bureau as a Patrol Sergeant. In 2019, Lt. Bird was assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau. In August 2021, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the Administrative Division Commander.

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