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. During Chief Burbank’s tenure, Salt Lake City has received extensive attention for several high profile incidents.

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 and spoke at US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division’s 2009 Title VI Conference: Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Legislation and Exploring Current Issues in Enforcement.

Chief Burbank received special recognition from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah for work in protecting immigrant civil rights in May 2009. Also in June of that year, 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, in 2009, Chief Burbank received the Vicki Cottrell Community Hero Award from the Utah National Alliance on Mental Illness of Utah for assistance to those individuals in the State of Utah suffering from mental illness.

In September 2008, Chief Burbank was invited by the Anti-Defamation League to visit Israel with a delegation of Police Executives from the United States. The trip was an opportunity to interact and learn firsthand from the Israelis regarding their extensive experience dealing with terrorism and internal threats to their nation.

Chief Burbank was appointed a Venue Commander during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Responsible for planning, organizing and implementing security for the Downtown Olympic Square, employing over one-thousand federal, state and local law enforcement officers and troops from the Utah National Guard. Chief Burbank also served as the liaison with the U.S. Secret Service during the Olympic Games. He was recognized by Director Brian Stafford, United States Secret Service, for outstanding cooperation in support of their protective mission, by Governor Michael Leavitt, State of Utah, for 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. Prior to his service in the Police Department, he was a professional squash player achieving a number 38 world ranking in the World Professional Squash Association. He is married and has three children.