Captain Thomas Thompson supervises the Selected Areas for Enforcement (SAFE) Unit at the Mooresville Police Department (MPD). He began his law enforcement career in 1987 with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department and joined the MPD in 1989 as a patrol officer. He has served in numerous capacities within the department including patrol, narcotics and investigations. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996 and to Captain in 2007.
Thompson earned his associate degree in Criminal Justice at Mitchell Community College and has completed additional undergraduate coursework at Western Carolina University. He is a graduate of the 16th Session of the Management Development Program at the North Carolina Justice Academy, Class 296 of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Law Enforcement Executive Program through the North Carolina Institute of Government. In 1996, Thompson earned his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate through the North Carolina Department of Justice.
Thompson is certified as a General Instructor and Specialized Firearms Instructor through the state. He is active in the department’s in-service training program, serves as one of three firearms range masters, and teaches classes in narcotics identification and enforcement. He is an adjunct instructor in the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at Mitchell Community College.
Thompson is a member of the Mooresville Exchange Club and the North Carolina Police Executives Association. He was named Officer of the Year for the MPD in 1992 and received the Mooresville Police Department’s Medal of Merit in 2005 for his on-going efforts regarding narcotics enforcement and the quality of his investigations.
Prior to entering law enforcement, Thompson served in the United States Navy.