Greensboro Police Chief John Thompson is holding five community meetings in February and March to connect with residents throughout the city.
It was announced that Thompson would be the new police chief on Thursday, Dec. 15, and he took over as chief on Friday, Dec.16. Thompson, who has been with the Greensboro Police Department since 2003, was chosen after a lengthy national search.
Former Greensboro Police Chief Brian James retired on May 31, 2022, and from June 1 to Dec. 16, Assistant Police Chief Teresa Biffle served as interim police chief.
Thompson was officially sworn in in a ceremony at the Carolina Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 10, where he proved there is a little bit of standup comic hiding behind that police chief’s uniform.
Thompson announced his command staff on Jan. 24 when he promoted three captains to be assistant chiefs.
With the official swearing in and the promotion of the new command staff taken care of, Thompson is moving on to holding community meetings. Along with Thompson will be members of the command staff and other Greensboro Police Department personnel available to answer questions, meet people and maybe solve a few problems.
All the meetings will be from 6 to 7 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend, to ask questions, give advice or just say hello.
The community meetings will be held:
Monday, Feb. 20 at the Barber Park Events Center at 1502 Barber Park Dr.
Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Lindley Park Recreation Center at 2907 Springwood Dr.
Monday, Feb. 27 at the Glenn McNairy Library at 4860 Lake Jeannette Road
Thursday, March 2 at Peeler Recreation Center at 1300 Sykes Ave.
Thursday, March 9 at Griffin Recreation Center at 5301 Hilltop Road.
Mr. Transparent Chief, what about the Confederate memorial in Green Hill Cemetery that was destroyed at the hands of lowlife hoodlums? Who gave the order not to investigate the crime? If the police department made the decision on its own, that is a real problem. If the order was given by the Mayor or City Council member(s), that is a bigger problem. The public has a right to know the transparent and full story behind the crime. Not everyone agrees that such an act is not worth investigating. You know the background of this crime since you were employed in the police department at the time, 7/20.
More lipstick on the pig. First, fake officer meetings and now fake community meetings. Go and expect to get a polite head nod like the “leadership” team of GPD or a council member gives a crap and go on your way. Things will not change in this city. If you can get out, get out.
Chief – when will you becoming to Western Greensboro? Am I wrong in my observation of every district but western Greensboro?