THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) - Major Eric Hampton has been promoted to assistant police chief of the Thomasville Police Department.
Hampton's new role makes him responsible for overseeing TPD's community policing initiatives, TPD Chief Troy Rich announced Thursday.
Rich said Hampton has been a leader within the department and the community for more than 30 years.
"I've relied on him heavily in the last several years as our department has grown and undertaken many new initiatives," Hampton said.
Hampton rose through the ranks after joining TPD in 1988 as a patrol officer. He became a sergeant in 1994 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1997 and major in 2014.
He earned a bachelor's of science dehree in criminal justice from Thomas University and is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy.
"TPD has many exciting initiatives in store for 2018, and I'm proud to have a role in leading our department into the future," Hampton said.
He will be officially sworn in on January 18 at 6 p.m. in the municipal auditorium.
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