Chief Thompson began his career with the Kinston Police Department in 1988 as a Patrol Officer assigned to the Patrol Division.
During his tenure with the City of Kinston he has been assigned to various positions and ranks within the department. He is currently serving as Assistant Police Chief. Previous assignments held include:
Crime Scene Investigator
Crime Scene Unit-Sergeant
Field Training Officer
Support Services Major
Chief Thompson has been recognized as an Expert Witness in the fields of Crime Scene Processing and Fingerprint Examinations by the North Carolina Superior Courts and the Federal Courts of the United States.
Chief Thompson holds an Associate's degree in Applied Science in Criminal Justice and completed management courses through North Carolina State University. He is a 1995 graduate of the North Carolina Justice Academy - Criminal Investigator's Academy.