Thomasville Police Department hires first female SWAT officer, brings team to full strength

By: Jacob Murphey | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 20, 2020

Jamica Thomas, 27, is the Thomasville Police Department's first ever female SWAT team member.

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) — The Thomasville Police SWAT Team is back to full strength eight months after splitting off from a joint county team.

One of those new members is making history.

28-year-old Jamica Thomas is the first woman to join the squad and is the first black woman to join any SWAT Team in Thomas County.

Thomas said she didn't even realize she was entering the history books when she applied. All she wants to do is keep her hometown safe.

"I'm like, hey, maybe that's something I can do," she recalls about setting her sights on SWAT. "I'm around a whole bunch of guys but it didn't really matter to me because it was something I wanted to do."

When Thomas went to a conference, a woman sniper shared her inspiring story.

Soon after, Thomas began training.

"I wouldn't say it was easy, I wouldn't say it was hard," she recalled, "But it was very intense, it was very rushed, but I really enjoyed it."

"She was nervous out there the first day, but she completed the task," said Sgt. Scott Newberry, who encouraged Thomas to strive for the team from the beginning.

"She's coming on full of energy and bringing up the energy, always eager to learn," he said.

Thomas is approaching four years with the Thomasville Police Department and spends her days as as school resource officer at Harper Elementary.

The students there were pumped to learn their favorite cop was moving on up.

"I couldn't handle all the emotions," she said. "I was like 'Oh, this is really happening. I really did this.' It's settling in."

Thomas sees the SWAT training as a perfect fit for her school yard post.

"You never know when a situation might happen," she said, "So I'm being extra prepared for anything that might come up."

And with the new job, a boost in confidence.

Thomas hopes her success paves the way for others.

She remains on patrol for her school for now, but that could change going forward. The SWAT Team will be training together for the next few months, eventually hosting a SWAT School as well.

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