New police officer joins Elizabeth force

Former ER medical assistant makes switch to law enforcement

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Over the summer, the Elizabeth Police Department welcomed the addition of Lyndi Burnley to the force. She will hold the position of law enforcement officer.
 
Burnley was born and raised in Elbert County. She attended the Elbert School and holds the title of the first female football player in the school’s history. Burnley now lives with her family, including her two children, in Douglas County.
 
Burnley joins EPD after serving as a medical assistant for 12 years. She worked in various settings including hospital emergency rooms and urgent care. In a phone interview from Aug. 12, Burnley shares why she transitioned to law enforcement.
 
“I always knew I needed a career where I was helping people. Working in the medical field was great, but it wasn’t my passion,” said Burnley. “Growing up, I had family in law enforcement. I’ve also known a ton of law enforcement officers in my life. One day I just felt a calling.”
 
In 2020, Burnley graduated from the Flatrock Regional Training Center with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. There she also received her POST certification (Peace Officer’s Standards & Training) as required by Colorado law. She began her law enforcement career in Adams County before moving to the Elizabeth Police Department.
 
“EPD is closer to home, but with other agencies, I just felt like another number, just another applicant,” said Burnley. “The EPD really has the morale, teamwork, and family unit feeling that I’ve been looking for. I feel that’s so important.”
 
Burnley hopes that while working in Elizabeth she can be an advocate for those who are struggling and underrepresented. She plans to focus her efforts on victims, women and children.
 
“I want to help people that don’t have the means or know-how to help themselves. Anyone who is a victim, as well as women, and children,” said Burnley. “There are things I can see that not every officer is trained to see. For women especially, they can notice things that men often don’t. It’s like a superpower we have. Women are often more nurturing and understanding. We can see the big picture.”
 
In her off time, Burnley enjoys watching Disney movies with her kids and horseback riding. She hopes to pass on her love of horseback riding to her kids.
Lyndi Burnley, Elizabeth Police Department, Elbert County, Adams County, Colorado

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