Director Bruce Painter began his law enforcement career in 1995 as a Police Officer with Burlington Township Police Department. Over the next 20 years, he held various assignments of increasing responsibility in the Patrol Division. In October of 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In November of 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, making him the youngest person in the history of the department to achieve this rank. In February of 2015, he was appointed Director of Public Safety for the Police Department.
Director Painter is a graduate of Rowan University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2008, Director Painter attended the 234th Session of the FBI National Academy. This training is a ten week course internationally known for its academic excellence in advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers with proven records of professionalism within their agencies. During his training time with the FBI National Academy, Director Painter took several advanced level courses, earning him credits towards a Master’s Degree. Director Painter is also a graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership Program, and the Certified Public Manager’s Course (Level 1 through Level 6), which is sponsored by Farleigh Dickinson University.
Director Painter has served in numerous units such as Community Policing, Adopt-A-Cop, Field Training Officer, Bicycle Patrol, and Firearms Training Unit. Furthermore, he is one of the first officers in Burlington Township to serve as an operator on the Burlington County Joint Tactical Team. Director Painter was as instructor at the Burlington County Police Academy, served as the department’s Lead Firearms Instructor and also served as a team leader on the Joint Burlington City/Burlington Township/Mt. Holly Special Reaction Team. Director Painter is also a member of the International Associations of Law Enforcement Instructors, International Associations of Chiefs of Police, and LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association).
Over the course of his career, Director Painter has received a multitude of accolades and commendations for his outstanding service to the residents and community of Burlington Township. This includes the department’s Distinguished Service Award.
Director Painter was born and raised in Burlington Township, and currently resides in Cinnaminson with his wife Darlene, and has two (2) children.