During his career, Chief Thomson ascended through the ranks of the Camden Police Department. In 2011, he received the Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award from the Police Executive Research Forum for innovation and leadership in policing. He has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Discovery in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters, the New Jersey Attorney General’s committees for Officer Involved Shooting Responses, Conducted Energy Devices and Body Worn Cameras. In 2017, he received the H. Norman Schwarzkopf Award for Policing Excellence from the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition.
Chief Thomson provided testimony for the President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing on using community policing to reduce crime. He has served as the Chairman of the Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Chief Thomson sits on the Board of Advisors for the New York University School of Law’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, The American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law – Police Investigations, the United States Attorney General Global Advisory Committee on Law Enforcement Use-of-Force Investigations Task Team, and the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. He is the Co-Chair of The Policing Project at New York University Law School, an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Harvard University Law Enforcement Summit Executive Leadership Group.
Chief Thomson is the elected President of the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D.C.