5th Precinct gets new civilian crime-stopper

Southwest’s 5th Police Precinct welcomes civilian Crime-Prevention Specialist Tom Thompson, formerly of Southeast’s 3rd Precinct.

Thompson will cover Sector 2 , which includes the West Calhoun, East Calhoun, CARAG, Lyndale, Linden Hills, East Harriet and Kingfield neighborhoods. He replaces Karen Abrahamson.

As part of the SAFE unit, crime-prevention specialists (CPS) report to sector lieutenants, respond to community concerns, and promote safety and crime prevention. CPSs previously worked as a team with a police officer, until major SAFE unit cuts in 2002-03.

Thompson said he was a police officer for 17 years and a CPS for three years, before being laid off due in the latest SAFE unit cuts. He said he’s very excited to be recalled and reported for his first day of work April 18.

Thompson said he’s also worked on crime-prevention strategies for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

He said he designed a community policing and problem-solving program, which he’s taught at various schools and hopes to eventually bring to Southwest.