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Rutgers–Camden Finest

Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.

J. Scott Thomson
Chief, Camden County Metro Police Department

J. Scott Thomson has been chief of the Camden County Metro Police Department since May of 2013.  Before the creation of the county police department, Thomson had been the chief of the former Camden Police Department since 2008.  He began his law enforcement career in 1992.  

During his career, Thomson ascended through the ranks of the Camden Police Department, serving in various operational and investigative positions and commands and receiving several commendations, including the Narcotic Detective of the Year in 1999 from the New Jersey County Narcotic Commanders Association. 

In 2011, he received the Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award for innovation and leadership in policing from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a police research and policy organization located in Washington, D.C.  He is now the president of that organization, which also provides management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies.  PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership, public debate of police and criminal justice issues, and research and policy development. 

Thomson has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Discovery in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Committees for Officer Involved Shooting Responses, Conducted Energy Devices, and Body Worn Cameras.

He has provided testimony on using community policing to reduce crime for the President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing.  He has served as chair of the Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.  Thomson sits on the Board of Advisors for the New York University School of Law Center on the Administration of Criminal Law and the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law – Police Investigations.

He is an executive fellow for the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C.  The foundation's mission is to improve policing through innovation and science.  Thomson also is a member of the Harvard University Law Enforcement Summit Executive Leadership Group.  The Summit is the foremost academic research program and event for senior-most leaders to invent and realize the future of public safety and policing.  To accomplish this goal, the Summit combines case studies from current public safety officials, insights from academic research, and expertise from industry experts.