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SLC Swears In New Police Chief

SLC Swears In New Police Chief

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Keith McCord ReportingSalt Lake City has a new Chief of Police who's a familiar face within the department, 15-year veteran Chris Burbank. Burbank was sworn in today.

Chris Burbank took over the job this morning, during a ceremony at the police department in front of family, friends and co-workers. Burbank was sworn in by his predecessor and mentor, and now "Former Chief" Rick Dinse. Dinse lead the department for the past five and a half years. Burbank became Dinse's assistant after the 2002 Olympics.

The new chief, who was formally approved and welcomed by the City Council last night, said his goals include increasing officer recruitment and working on the ever-increasing problem of high tech crime, such as identity theft.

Chris Burbank, Salt Lake City Police Chief: "I'm very excited for this opportunity. There are many great and wonderful things we can accomplish here at the Salt Lake Police department, and I inherit a police department that is full of wonderful people."

As for Rick Dinse, he wraps up a 40-year law enforcement career. He came here from the LAPD. He headed the Salt Lake Police Department during a busy period, including the Olympics, the Elizabeth Smart and Lori Hacking cases.

Rick Dinse: "I have many strong emotions about leaving, but leaving it in the hands of Chris makes it so much easier. I am so proud of him, and I'm so proud of this department that I think that nobody could do this job better."

Chief Burbank has worked in a number of positions. He was a member of the SWAT team, worked in internal affairs and training and coordinated the police force at Olympic Square in 2002. Chief Burbank officially takes over today.


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