Chief Thomson to meet with Speaker Ryan Monday
A collection of the leading law enforcement minds throughout the nation are traveling to Wisconsin to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan this Monday. The dialogue will be focused on the work being done by individual departments and national standards set by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) on de-escalation, tactical positioning and decision-making as it pertains to use of force. Thomson has worked on developing a new set of standards for policing with PERF called Integrating, Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) training guide will be discussed with Ryan along with other transformational training initiatives being implemented in Camden.
Thomson has taken a leading role in the conversation on de-escalation nationally with PERF focusing on the sanctity of life for victims and suspects and implementing training that relies on a different decision-making matrix than traditional academy teaching. In addition, to the ongoing training, Thomson has worked tirelessly to implement a strategy that relies on community policing.
“Community policing cannot be a program, unit, strategy or tactic. It must be the core principle which lies at the foundation of a police department's culture.” Thomson said. “Community policing is not an option; it's an affirmative obligation we have to our customers and clients - the people of Camden.”
Other chiefs and law enforcement personnel accompanying Thomson to Wisconsin are New Orleans, Louisiana Chief Michael Harrison; Janesville, Wisconsin Police Chief David Moore; Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo; Tucson, Arizona Police Chief Chris Magnus; Volusia County Florida Sheriff Mike Chitwood; and PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler.