The Burlington County Sheriff's Department is proud of the many programs and services we offer to county residents of all ages. For our youngest citizens we have a Child Safety Seat Program, Youth Police Academy, as well as a variety of Drug Education and Mentoring Programs. We also provide the Share the Keys Program for new teen drivers and their parents. Each December we also coordinate a Holiday Toy Drive to make sure that each child in our county has an opportunity to enjoy the holiday season.
For adults of all ages we offer a Defensive Driving Program that can reduce insurance costs as much as 5% and/or remove two points from the participant's driving record. For Senior Citizens we have a free Home Security Program that includes free safety modifications, a Senior Citizen Police Academy, 911 Cell Phone Program, Photo Identification Cards, Med Info Program, Senior Networking Program and much more. We also host an annual Senior Expo each May that brings together agencies and organizations to share information on what is available to our older residents. In 2010, we partnered with the Veterans Affairs department and now provide free Veteran Photo ID Cards for those honorably discharged veterans that served our country, to help them obtain discounts offered by various retailers.
The Sheriff's Department also works hard to keep our community safe. Our Court Division maintains order and security in the County Court Facilities, while our Warrant Unit pursues those wanted on fugitive and child support warrants. Our department works closely with many state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and has formed Fugitive and Child Support Enforcement Task Forces with others who share our objectives. Our Community Policing Unit assists municipal police departments in patrolling our streets and enforcing our speed laws, and our Canine Unit also provides assistance to other law enforcement agencies.
By law, our department also serves legal documents, conducts Sheriff's Sales and handles other civil matters through our Civil Process and Administration Units. The Department also runs special mentoring programs which give court appointed teens who are getting into trouble with the law an opportunity to develop their leadership and decision making skills through a highly disciplined program, as an alternative to adjudication.
We at the Burlington County Sheriff's Department take pleasure in the many ways in which we serve our citizens. We look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions on our programs.
Anthony Basantis, Sheriff