Jeff Thompson joined Monroe County Sheriff's Office in 1996 as a civilian radio operator. Graduating from the Police Academy in November 1996, he has held career assignments in Support Services, Detention, Patrol and Administration Divisions. Captain Thompson's special assignments throughout his career, include SWAT, Dive/Rescue, Accreditation, Training and Investigation. He is a graduate of "Command College" with a Masters Degree from Columbus State University.
The Uniform Patrol Division is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the residents of Monroe County. There are approximately 22 deputies assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division, which is divided into three zones.
The deputies patrol the larger portion of nearly 400 square miles of land that make up Monroe County and serve a population of approximately 26,000.
Deputy Sheriffs work an assigned shift, patrolling an assigned zone, performing law enforcement duties. Their primary task is the enforcement of state and county laws and the protection of life and property, but other duties include making arrests, traffic enforcement, executing warrants, and conducting preliminary criminal investigations.
As with all components of the Sheriff's Office, the Uniform Patrol Division works to meet a high standard of professional service for the residents of Monroe County.
The Criminal Interdiction and Traffic Unit consist of specially trained deputies and canine handlers. These deputies are assigned to patrol the interstate system, state highways and local thoroughfares in order to work traffic enforcement, interdict drug couriers and other criminal activity.
The CIU assists the Narcotics Investigators and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the detection and apprehension of drug traffickers and other criminal offenders that utilize the roadways of Georgia and Monroe County.