Social Justice Advisory Committee
On August 27, 2020, Public Safety Director Bruce Painter announced the formation of a Social Justice Advisory Committee for the Burlington Township Police Department. The announcement came during a virtual Social Justice Town Hall featuring the committee members as panelists. Conversation focused on social justice, police accountability and professionalism, and community engagement with the goal to strengthen police-community relations within Burlington Township for 2020 and beyond. The committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss important issues in our community and to create programming aimed at educating the public.
"To build positive relationships and trust between the community and our police department by engaging in ongoing and inclusive conversations around issues affecting our community. To demonstrate our commitment to social justice and deepen our awareness and appreciation for both community and law enforcement concerns. To collectively commit to maintaining a safer community for all Burlington Township residents, businesses, and visitors."
2020 Committee Members
- Rev. Matthew Boudwin, Student Ministries Pastor, Fountain of Life Center
- Mya Dusenbury, Student Activist, Saint Elizabeth University
- Pete Green, Councilman, Township of Burlington
- Jazzmia Hidalgo, Student Activist, Burlington Twp. High School
- Kylil Lassiter, Business Owner, PCX Barbershop
- Dorion Morgan, Pastor, Restoration Station Christian Fellowship
- Bilal Muslim, Chair, Criminal Justice Committee, NAACP Willingboro & Vicinity Branch
- Liz Scott, Director of Human Res. & Comm. Relations, Burlington Twp. School District
- Jayla Washington, Student Activist, Burlington Twp. High School
Anyone with questions or community issues they would like to bring to the attention of the Social Justice Advisory Committee may do so by completing the form below. Submissions may be 100% anonymous. If you would like to be contacted in reference to your submission to the committee please leave a good phone number and/or email address.
Session 2: Know Your Rights Seminar
Public Safety Director Bruce Painter and the Burlington Township Police Department’s Social Justice Advisory Committee presented the 2nd offering in our series of virtual public forums aimed at strengthening police-community relations in Burlington Township for 2020 and beyond.
During this “Know Your Rights” forum, we discussed protocols for car stops and other police-citizen encounters, how use of force investigations are conducted, what happens when an internal affairs complaint is filed, and what rights you have when engaging with the police.
Session 1: 2020 Town Hall
On Thursday, August 27th, the Social Justice Advisory Committee held a virtual Town Hall on the topic of, "Integrity, Service, and Respect: Building Police-Community Trust in Burlington Township." This event was recorded live and can be viewed below.
Attendees were provided the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists during their registration process and during the live event. A list of some of the questions that were unable to be unanswered in the time allotted can be viewed HERE.