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.