ACPO SGT. THOMPSON RETIRES AFTER SERVING COUNTY & COUNTRY


MAYS LANDING- The staff of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office says farewell and thank you to ACPO Sgt. Tracey Thompson who has retired after serving 16 years at the agency, said Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Investigators Bruce K. DeShields.
“Upon his recent retirement I would like to offer my thanks and gratitude for the 16 years of service from ACPO Sgt. Tracey Thompson. Sgt. Thompson was an instrumental asset when he served as an agency negotiator and then when he stepped in as a Team Leader for negotiations when I stepped down. His negotiation efforts were invaluable at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. I would also like to applaud Sgt. Thompson for his service to our country in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force. All the best to you in your future endeavors, Sgt. Tracey Thompson,” said Chief DeShields.
Sergeant Tracey Thompson began his career in public service in 1994, when he enlisted and served honorably with the United States Marine Corps. In his capacity as a U.S. Marine, Sgt. Thompson served as a Marine Security Forces Guard. Sgt. Thompson later became a team member and eventually a team leader of a Close Quarters Battle (CQB) Team. This CQB team was responsible for the safeguard, recovery and recapture of the nation’s strategic assets. As a result of his leadership abilities, Sgt. Thompson was named the Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) of the CQB teams. He was responsible for the tactical training, scheduling, weapon qualifications and physical fitness of the teams. After a permanent change of station (PCS) Sgt. Thompson served as a Team Leader in the Anti-Armor Platoon. He was accountable to properly employ the T.O.W. Missile System to combat hostile enemy assets. Sgt. Thompson was the only African –American team leader/member of the T.O.W. Section platoon. During his Marine Corps career, Sgt. Thompson received two meritorious promotions, numerous achievement medals and certificates of commendation.
After completing his enlistment in the Marine Corps, Sgt. Thompson began his career in law enforcement. In 1998, he was hired as a Police Officer for the Brunswick Police Department (Georgia). While at the Brunswick Police Department, Sgt. Thompson successfully implemented a tactical training program that trained police officers in tactical building movements and officer safety. As a result of his efforts, Sgt. Thompson received the “Chief’s Commendation Award”. He was also part of the department’s Honor Guard Platoon. Sgt. Thompson later took employment with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office (Georgia). As a Deputy Sheriff, Sgt. Thompson was the Founder and Operational Team Leader of the department’s first Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. As the team leader, Sgt. Thompson was responsible for the procurement of weapons, vehicles, uniforms, breaching equipment, selection and training of all team members, policies and procedures, and operational planning. Sgt. Thompson was also a firearms instructor and Less Lethal Ammunition instructor through Defense Technology (Def-Tech) and Federal Laboratories. Sgt. Thompson was selected to serve as a federal taskforce officer with the United States Customs Service Blue Lightning Strike Force Program. This program involved narcotics interdiction on the nation’s waterways to identify and disrupt illegal smuggling operations. Sgt. Thompson also worked as a liaison with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) on several high profile cases. These cases involved crimes that crossed the Georgia and Florida borders, thus resulting in federal prosecutions. Sgt. Thompson also assisted NCIS with several Protective Service Detail (PSD) operations. As part of the PSD’s, he provided dignitary protection for high ranking military and civilian personnel.
After the horrific events of September 11, 2001, Sgt Thompson became one of the first of many new Civil Aviation Security Specialist (Federal Air Marshal) now protecting the nations sky’s. Sgt. Thompson was part of the first, post 9-11, train-the-trainer class. He was the only African-American in this program and was assigned as an Aircraft Tactics Instructor; responsible for teaching new air marshal’s the skills necessary to protect passenger aircraft. Sgt. Thompson was later named the Lead Mission Training Instructor, placing him in charge of numerous instructors and hundreds of FAM students every training cycle. Sgt. Thompson was also cross-trained as a federal firearms instructor and aircraft countermeasures instructor. As a co-lateral duty, Sgt. Thompson was named the FAM Academy Chaplain. In this function, he provided both emotional and moral support for students and staff members.
In 2006, Sgt Thompson joined the ranks of the men and women at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. He has served in the Grand Jury, Trial, Official Corruption, Major Crimes, Domestic Violence and the Training Units. Sgt. Thompson is also a Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Instructor. The GREAT program teaches youth life skills such as: goal setting, conflict resolution, decision-making and much more. He has taught this program in the Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Somers Point, Galloway, Hammonton, Northfield and Port Republic school districts. Sgt. Thompson also serves a Hostage Negotiator and Firearms Instructor. Sgt. Thompson is a 2016 graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command & Leadership Academy. Sgt Thompson completed a six year military enlistment with the New Jersey Air National Guard, 177th Fighter Wing, where he was a member of the Chaplain Corps, providing spiritual and moral guidance. Sgt. Thompson holds a Master’s Degree in Christian Psychology and bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice & Christian Education. Sgt. Thompson was promoted to his current rank in 2012.
Thank you for your service, Sgt. Thompson!

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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