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 July 2nd, 2013  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara promotes 25-year Sheriff's Office veteran David Thompson to Major
David Thompson, a distinguished career law enforcement professional who has served with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office since October 1987, was promoted to the rank of Major today by St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

At a ceremony at Sheriff's Office headquarters this morning, attended by leaders of all the local emergency services agencies, colleagues, family members and friends, Sheriff Mascara recounted Major Thompson's exemplary career and expressed the well wishes of law enforcement and the community at large for his continued success.

Here are the Sheriff's remarks:

Major David Thompson is a native of Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Vero Beach High School and joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served for four years. He was honorably discharged in 1984. He then graduated from the regional police academy where he was Class President and an honors graduate.

He later continued his education with a Bachelor's degree from Barry University and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University. Major Thompson is a graduate of the 230th Session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the 23rd Session of the Command Officers School of the Southern Police Institute. He has been an adjunct faculty member of Indian River State College since 1989.

He began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, and he joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in October 1987. He has been here ever since, rising steadily through the ranks with a wide variety of law enforcement assignments.

In April 1990 he moved from Road Patrol to the "Tactical Enforcement Unit" (now known as the Special Investigations Unit). In January 1991 he moved from T.E.U. to Criminal Investigations as a Detective with the rank of Corporal. In January 1993 he was promoted to Sergeant and transferred back to Road Patrol.

He directed the Traffic Unit from May 1995 to January 1996 when he moved back to Zone Patrol. In May 2001 he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to S.I.U. He moved from S.I.U. to C.I.D. in December 2002. In March 2005 he transferred from C.I.D. to Patrol Operations.

In August 2006, he was promoted to Captain and transferred to C.I.D. to command that unit. In January 2008 he transferred to Patrol Support as commander. In January 2012 he transferred to Patrol Operations as that unit's commander.

Today, he assumes the well-deserved rank of Major as commander of the Department of Law Enforcement.

He was appointed in 2008 as a Commissioner for the Florida Department of Education's Educational Practices Commission, a position which required confirmation by the Florida Senate. He currently is serving his second term on the Commission and is the Commission's Co-Chair.

Since 2003, he has been a Lead Assessor for the Commission on Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors for Safe Space of the Treasure Coast since 2012.

In more than a quarter-century of service to the people of St. Lucie County, he has received awards, commendations and thank-you letters from members of the public and law enforcement executives of federal, state and local agencies too numerous to mention. He is highly regarded by his fellow deputies, leaders of law agencies throughout the State of Florida and the public at large.

To quote from the October 5, 2011, letter to Sheriff Mascara announcing his election as Co-Chair of the Educational Practices Commission, "The recent election of Captain Thompson to his leadership position indicates the high esteem in which he is held by the other Commissioners, as this position is usually held by someone in the field of education."

Later in the letter, Executive Director Kathleen M. Richards states that the Commission "is fortunate to have a leader with his qualities." She also said, "I value his perceptive approach to and understanding of the complicated issues" faced by the Commission.

We, too, are fortunate to have a leader with these qualities of perception and understanding.

I am proud to present to you Major David Thompson.

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