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Phoenix police spokesperson Tommy Thompson, who is retiring after 37 years of service, reminisces about his career at the Phoenix Police Department.

Arizona Republic

For 37 years, Sgt. Tommy Thompson has served in various roles within the Phoenix police department, including most recently as police spokesman. No matter what the role, the throughlines have been faith, pride and wanting positive forces to remain at work.

Thompson started as a patrol officer with the department in 1983. He was promoted to sergeant in 1989 and starting in 1992 spent 16 years with the department’s drug enforcement bureau, calling that his “favorite” assignment over the years in his Thursday interview with The Arizona Republic.

Thompson became a spokesperson for the department in 2008. It was a fitting assignment for the sergeant, who prior to joining the police department was an aspiring broadcast journalist preparing a demo reel to send to television