Lieutenant Michael Thomas was born and raised in Lima, Ohio. He was in the United States Air Force from 1986 to 1990.
Lieutenant Thomas earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University in 1994. He was awarded the JP Strom Award at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 1996.
Lieutenant Thomas has been on Team 2 patrol and was the Team 2 investigator. Lieutenant Thomas has also served as a:
- SWAT team for 14 years
- SWAT Commander
- Team 3
- Administrative Sergeant
- Administrative Support Lieutenant
- Patrol Supervisor
- Professional Standards Sergeant
- Special Events and Projects
- Special Units Lieutenant
- Team Leader
- Narcotics Detective
He is currently the Lieutenant over School Resource Officers and the School Security Response Team officers.