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Chief Michael Albanese

Chief Michael Albanese joined the Burbank Police Department as a Police Captain in April, 2010.  In July, 2015 he was promoted to Deputy Chief.  In July, 2021 he was promoted to Interim Police Chief and in January of 2022, named permanent Police Chief. 

Chief Albanese worked for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for 37 years. During his tenure at the LAPD, he was assigned to the LAPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT), both as a Police Officer and a Sergeant, and was the Cadre Leader of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) for over eight years. 

Chief Albanese has more than 26 years of SWAT and CNT experience and has been involved in numerous crisis incidents, both as an operator and in a command-control position. In addition to participating in law enforcement seminars throughout the United States and Canada related to the SWAT and negotiation process, he has authored numerous articles that encompass both the SWAT and CNT disciplines. Moreover, he is presently co-authoring a case studies textbook related to the human dynamics of hostage-taking incidents.

Chief Albanese attended California State University at Los Angeles where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration. He earned his Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

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Candidates can apply at *New recruits (non-laterals) must register with the National Testing Network prior to taking the written exam.

1. Apply Online


The Chief of Police and BPD Command Staff will meet and interview you to determine if you're a qualified candidate to join our team.

5. Chief's Interview


Candidates must pass the NTN written exam with a score of 70% or higher. For more information, follow the link below.

2. Written Exam

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An extensive background check will be completed to ensure candidates meet the high standards required to join Burbank PD.

6. Background Check

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Law enforcement is a physically-demanding career. Candidates must complete a physical agility course in two minutes or less. 

3. Physical Agility


A psychological exam is designed to evaluate a candidate's ability to handle the stresses that accompany a career in law enforcement.

7. Psychological Exam

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Following successful completion of the physical agility course, candidates must pass an in-person, panel interview.

4. Oral Interview


A medical exam ensures candidates are in good health and ready to perform the essential duties of a police officer.

8. Medical Exam

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