Detective Gabe Thompson
Officer Gabriel S. Thompson has 26 years of law enforcement experience. Officer Thompson began his law enforcement career in 1987 when he received his Post Certification from the State of Louisiana and began his employment with the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department as a Student Officer. Officer Thompson left the USL Police Department in December of 1989 when he was hired by the Lafayette Police Department.
Officer Thompson began his career with the Lafayette Police Department in January of 1990 and retired from the Lafayette Police Department at the rank of Lieutenant in September of 2012. While employed with the Lafayette Police Department, Officer Thompson worked in the Patrol Division as a Patrol Officer and ATAC Officer. Officer Thompson spent 11 years in the Administration Division assigned to the Internal Affairs Section as an Investigator. Officer Thompson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and returned to the Patrol Division and supervised a Power Squad. From there, Officer Thompson transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division and was assigned as a Group Supervisor with the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force for a period of 6 years. Officer Thompson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and returned to the Patrol Division as a Shift Commander, and then as Assistant Precinct Commander up until retirement.
In July of 2013, Officer Thompson went to work for the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department and was assigned to the Bureau of Investigations as an Investigator. Officer Thompson worked at the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department until November 2013, and went into the private sector and worked as an Investigator for Star Group Investigative Services.
In January of 2015, Officer Thompson left Star Group Investigative Services and accepted employment with the Youngsville Police Department. Officer Thompson was hired on at the Youngsville Police Department as an Investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division. In addition to conducting Criminal Investigations, Officer Thompson is also a part of the Administration Division and is assigned to the Internal Affairs Section to conduct internal investigations for the Youngsville Police Department.
Officer Thompson is a trained and certified Police Crisis Negotiator. Officer Thompson served 17 years as a Police Crisis Negotiator for the Lafayette Police Department and served as the Negotiator Commander for 5 of his 17 years on the team. Officer Thompson is a lifetime member of the Louisiana Association of Crisis Negotiators. Officer Thompson is a trained and certified personal protector and served on the Lafayette Police Department’s Dignitary Protection Team for 17 years.