Lieutenant Thomas Adams earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Curriculum Development from Southern Illinois University and Master
of Arts in Education from the Citadel. He is a 2018 graduate of the LECC
South Carolina Law Enforcement Commanders College.
During his 19-year tenure in law enforcement he was assigned to following
- Central Investigation Division
- Commander of Team Three Patrol Division (James/Johns Island)
- Community Outreach
- Professional Development and Training
- Special Operations Division
- Team 4 Investigations
- Uniform Patrol Division
He is currently assigned as the Chief of Staff and the SWAT Team Commander.
In addition to his various assignments, Lieutenant Adams has served on the Civil Disturbance Unit, Underwater Recovery Unit and has been an operator on the SWAT Team for 15 years including 5 years as the Team Leader. Additionally, he served eight years as a Navy Diver attached to Explosive Ordinance
Disposal Mobile Unit Six prior to joining the City of Charleston Police Department in 1999.