Chief of Police
Winston-Salem Police Department
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Catrina Thompson is the fifteenth Chief of Police for the City of Winston-Salem. She leads a department with more than 460 sworn officers, 150 civilian positions, and an annual budget of $80 million. Her personal and professional philosophy is to shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. She's a graduate of Public Executive Leadership Academy, West Point Leadership Program, and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Association program.
Chief Thompson was recognized by Black Business Ink Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont Triad. In May 2021, she was named a member of the Inaugural Cohort of The Hunt State Policy Fellows Program by The Hunt Institute.
Chief Thompson is a native of Detroit, MI where she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice. She also holds a M.A. Degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University. She is married to Alonzo Thompson, a former Assistant Chief of Police with the Winston-Salem Police Department and current Chief of Police for the Spartanburg (SC) Police Department. They have two children, Alyson and Christopher.
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