David Thomas appointed New Assistant Police Chief -
Assistant Chief of Police David Thomas began his law enforcement
career in 1989 as a Patrolman for Lufkin Police
Department. He attended Southwest Texas State
University and graduated from the East Texas Police Academy.
During his 24 years of service to the citizens of Lufkin, Assistant
Chief Thomas held positions in Lufkin PD’s Patrol, Community
Policing, Criminal Investigations, and Special Services
sections. His assignment to multiple sections of the
Department provided him a wide knowledge base concerning all
aspects of departmental operations. He enters the
Assistant Chief of Police position from Lufkin PD's Special
Services Section where he was Sergeant, Range Master, and
Special Response Team Commander.
Assistant Chief Thomas holds numerous certifications through the
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, including Master Peace
Officer and Advanced Instructor, and has completed more than
4,000 hours of law enforcement training.
In addition to Assistant Chief Thomas's duties for Lufkin PD, he is
an Adjunct Instructor through Texas State University where
he teaches Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training
to officers around the country.
He and his wife, Crystal, have two boys, Garrett and Garrison.