March 2009, Volume 13, Number 3

Alumni News

Veteran officer is Miami-Dade's first black female division chief

Sheila W. Thomas
Sheila W. Thomas

Division Chief Sheila W. Thomas has been employed with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) for more than 20 years. In her current capacity as a police division chief, she commands and oversees the crime laboratory, crime scene investigation, property and evidence and the central records bureaus.

Thomas is the first black woman to achieve the rank of division chief in the county department. She has diverse experience, which includes uniform patrol, criminal investigations, and administrative services. She is also distinguished as the department’s first black female hostage/crisis negotiator.

After earning an associate degree with a concentration in general studies and criminal justice at MDC, Thomas completed a bachelor’s in public administration, a master’s in public administration and a master’s certification in human resource management.

Thomas is a member of the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators, FBI Women in Law Enforcement, the Southern Police Institute, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Harvard University/John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership.

Thomas has received numerous awards and commendations for her service throughout her career in Miami-Dade County.

She is married to Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department Airport Division Chief Levi Thomas. They have two beautiful children

— Staff Report

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