Capt. Wesley Thompson of the Leesburg Police Department has retired after more than 32 years of service to the town, officials announced April 2.
“I arrived on the doorstep of the LPD a naïve 20-year-old and thought that I would never even make it through the academy,” Thompson said in a prepared statement.
“Now I look back and look at how time has flown by and the monumental growth and change we have experienced,” he said.
Thompson, a lifelong Northern Virginia resident, moved to Loudoun County with his family at the age of 10.
After he graduated from Loudoun County High School and began classes at Northern Virginia Community College, he came across an advertisement saying the LPD was hiring new officers.
Thompson joined the department on Jan. 3, 1989, beginning his career working in the patrol division, and later taking on roles as a field training officer and as a member of the LPD’s Special Operations team, according to officials.
He was promoted to corporal in 1997, sergeant the following year and lieutenant in 2003 before attaining his current rank of captain in 2017.
Capt. Thompson earned numerous awards and honors over the years, including a certificate of appreciation for safely locating and aiding a suicidal subject, two Veterans of Foreign Wars Officer of the Year Awards, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award and a Town of Leesburg Customer Service Award for creating the LPD’s annual Holiday Dinner Project.
Thompson said he looks forward to spending more time with his family in retirement.
Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Thompson currently lives in Loudoun County.