Timeline: Suffolk Police Chief James Burke's career
First hired by the Suffolk PD in 1986, James Burke was named chief of department in 2012.
- 1986 First hired by Suffolk PD
- 1991 Promoted to sergeant
- 2000 Promoted to lieutenant
- 2004 Named inspector
- 2012 Named chief of dept.
James Burke graduated from the Suffolk police academy in November 1986 and became a Suffolk Police officer at 21. But his association with the force began when Burke was a 14-year-old witness in a murder case. Burke recalled that he "looked up to the homicide detectives, I looked up to the prosecutors. I saw how confident, how professional they were and I wanted to be like that."
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