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Capt. Thompson began his law enforcement career with the Gwinnett County Police Department in 1977 where he served in a variety of capacities, including 15 years as an internal affairs investigator. He also served as an assistant academy director, the bomb squad commander and was a member of the SWAT team. Capt. Thompson came to the Sheriff’s Department in 1997 at the rank of lieutenant to command the Professional Standards Unit.
He is a polygraph examiner and was a member of the 1996 Olympic Games bomb squad. Capt. Thompson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Georgia and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration.