CHIEF RICH HONORED BY THOMAS COUNTY BRANCH OF THE NAACP

One of Thomasville’s finest was honored recently by the Thomas County Branch of the NAACP. Chief Troy Rich was named a recipient of the organization’s 2018 Outstanding Community Service Award. The presentation was made by Branch President Lucinda Brown during the group’s annual meeting held earlier this month. “Chief Rich was selected for this honor in part because of the great strides he has made in leading the Thomasville Police Department toward fully embracing 21st Century...



TPD’S HAMPTON NAMED ASSISTANT CHIEF

Chief Troy Rich of the Thomasville Police Department announced Thursday, January 11, 2018 the promotion of Major Eric Hampton to Assistant Police Chief. In his new role, Assistant Chief Hampton will be responsible for overseeing TPD’s community policing initiatives. “I’m very proud to announce the promotion of Assistant Chief Hampton,” said Rich. “He has been a committed leader not only within our organization, but also within our community for more than 30 years. I’ve...



TPD’S HARRIS ATTENDS FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY

Thomasville Police Department’s Shane Harris has completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy program in Quantico, Virginia. After his graduation, Harris joined an elite group of 22 TPD officers who have graduated from the program, a program that only 1% of law enforcement officers have the opportunity to attend. “Admission to the program is by nomination only, and the process is very competitive,” said Harris. “It is unusual for an agency of our size to...



TPD'S LISA MAXWELL EARNS NATIONAL AWARD

One of Thomasville’s finest has earned a national award from the United States Secret Service (USSS). Detective Lisa Maxwell, a crime scene investigator with the Thomasville Police Department, has been named the Top Computer Forensic Examiner in the United States for 2016 based on size of agency and USSS Office size. She was notified of the award last month. “It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized for this award by the Secret Service,” said Maxwell. “Not many law...



THOMASVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES 2018 PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY RESULTS

The results of a recent Thomasville Police Department online survey to help assess the current perception of law enforcement service to the community are in, and participants overall say that the TPD is making the grade. The survey was conducted in partnership with the Thomas University Division of Social Work from February through May earlier this year. The results were shared during a Wednesday workshop session with Thomasville City Councilmembers by TPD Chief Troy Rich and Dr. Debra...



RICH APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF IACP'S COMMUNITY POLICING COMMITTEE

Thomasville’s Chief of Police Troy Rich has been tapped to help lead a committee that fits right in line with his personal philosophy of community oriented policing. Rich has been named co-chair of the Community Policing Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. As a committee chair, his participation will help shape the IACP’s policy and expand the Association’s reach and contributions in the field. “I’m very honored to be named co-chair of this...



TPD OFFERS SAFE PLAY TIPS

While many children spend their days glued to video games, smart phones and computers, there are still a number of Thomasville youth who spend their time playing outside and engaging in neighborhood sports. Unfortunately, the Thomasville Police Department has received numerous complaints about children playing basketball in streets and roadways. Because such a practice can pose safety concerns, TPD would like to encourage parents and motorists to use caution. “There is nothing like...



TPD SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON IMPROVING SERVICE

The Thomasville Police Department has launched an online survey to help assess the current perception of law enforcement service to the community. The survey is being conducted in partnership with the Thomas University Division of Social Work. According to Police Chief Troy Rich, participation in the survey is necessary in order to adequately gauge how the department is doing and where improvements are needed. “We are hoping that we gain a great deal of input and participation in the...