Brandon Police Chief William Thompson is a well known face in his hometown, serving as Top Cop in the city of almost 25,000.
Last week, Thompson took his chair as the new president of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police. The veteran police chief has 23 years of experience in law enforcement with the Jackson Police Department and Brandon Police Department and has served as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, patrol sergeant, precinct lieutenant, commander of planning and research, and a member of the S.W.A.T and pistol teams.
Thompson also serves with the 84th Training Command in the United States Army Reserve, having previously served as an Infantry Marine during Operation Desert Storm. He also served 20 years as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Mississippi National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces (A) and was awarded his Master Parachutist Badge in 2017. Thompson completed two tours in Afghanistan for which he was awarded two Bronze Star medals.
Chief Thompson currently serves as a Major in the in the 84th Training Command United States Army Reserve as an Intelligence Officer and is a long time former member of the Mississippi National Guard 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces. He is also a static line Jump Master and a Master Parachutist. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence and International Studies from the American Military University.
The MACP lists among their objectives securing a closer official relationship among police officers throughout the state of Mississippi, unity of action in all police matters, better equippin all police officers to meet modern-day law enforcement needs, elevating the standard of police institutions and the police profession, pursuing humane efforts in the enforcement of laws, and encouraging the advancement of perfection of a uniform police system with the state of Mississippi.
Thompson was preceded at the position of MACP president by Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal. Natchez Police Chief Joe Daughtry is the current Vice President and will serve as President next year.