• Dennis McCaslin

Fourteen year FSPD veteran promoted to position of Deputy Chief

According to a press release by the Fort Smith Police Department, 14-year veteran of the force Jason Thompson has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief for the Non-Uniform Bureau.

Deputy Chief Thompson started his career with the Fort Smith Police Department on May 8, 2006, as a Patrol Officer. His commitment to the vision of FSPD — to improve the lives of everyone we encounter — emerged early in his career when, in 2009, he earned the FSPD Life-Saving Award for brave actions taken in the line of duty.

In 2012, he was named the FSPD Officer of the Year. “Jason has spent all of his 14 years as a public servant working to improve the culture of this Department. He has already demonstrated the leadership skills necessary to this position serving as acting Deputy Chief for the last year, and his strong community policing mindset has been crucial in guiding me in moving the department forward with 21st Century policing,” said Fort Smith Chief of Police Danny Baker. “I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Fort Smith as Deputy Chief,” said Deputy Chief Thompson. “The Fort Smith Police Department has made great strides in forming partnerships with our community, and I look forward to continuing those relationships and building new ones. I am proud to be a member of the Fort Smith Police Department and look forward to leading the men and women of the department into the future.” Deputy Chief Thompson was selected for the position after input from a diverse, experienced interview board of citizens and community leaders.

He is married to his wife Christy and has three children: Blair, Braylee, and Brinley. As Deputy Chief for the Non-Uniformed Bureau, Thompson will oversee operations for CID and Support Services.

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