Chief Chris Burbank

Director of Law Enforcement Engagement

Chief Burbank recently accepted the position as Director of Law Enforcement Engagement with The Center for Policing Equity.  He has been involved with CPE since its inception, utilizing their research capability at the height of the immigration debate, and supporting their efforts throughout the Nation.  He is an unwavering advocate of the National Initiative and Justice Database as solutions to waning public trust and confidence in policing.

Chief Burbank was with the Salt Lake City Police Department from 1991 until his retirement in June of 2015.  He was appointed to the position of Chief of Police in March 2006, becoming the 45th Chief of the Department.  During his nine-year tenure as Chief he distinguished himself as progressive and innovative, influencing not only the City of Salt Lake but also the profession.

In 2014, Chief Burbank was selected as a member of the “Enlightened Fifty” most influential leaders in the State of Utah.  In January 2013, Chief Burbank was selected as one of six Police Chiefs in the nation to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the Administration’s plan and direction concerning gun violence in America.  He was recognized in June 2013, by the Utah National Guard with their annual Minuteman Award for contributions to the wellbeing of the State of Utah.

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, including the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division’s 2009 Title VI Conference.  In May 2010, Chief Burbank and nine other Police Chiefs met with Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Arizona immigration laws.  He has addressed the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary regarding racial profiling and civil rights issues.  

Chief Burbank was chosen by the Salt Lake Tribune as Utahn of the Year for 2011.  The state’s largest newspaper cited his handling of several high profile protest incidents and stated, “Burbank’s stature as a community leader, including a willingness to endure threats and criticism over his position on immigration enforcement, is noteworthy at a time of ebbing confidence in those elected to govern.”

Chief Burbank is the Past First Vice President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an assembly of the 75 largest policing agencies in the United States and Canada.  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.