Montgomery County Police Honor Retiring Lieutenant Thomas Jacocks for 61 Years of Service (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

thomasjacocksUPDATED The Montgomery County Police Department  honored Lieutenant Thomas Jacocks for serving 61 years at a retirement reception on Nov. 30. MyMCMedia’s Maureen Chowdhury reports.

At the age of 84, Jacocks is the longest serving member of law enforcement at a single agency in the state of Maryland, according to police. He was born in Washington D.C. in October of 1932. Jacocks family members said that he wanted to be a police officer since the age of six. Jacocks graduated from Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School in 1952 and enlisted in the army during the Korean War. Following his military service, Jacocks applied to become a Montgomery County Police officer. He was sworn in on July 1, 1955 and began his career as a patrol officer in Bethesda.

Jacocks began his career as one of 180 police officers serving a population of 200,000. Now, he serves as one of more than 1,200 officers who serve a population of more than one million residents.

Jacocks rose through the ranks from patrol officer to detective private first class to detective corporal to detective sergeant to detective sergeant first class to lieutenant, police said. Jacocks worked for the 2nd District (Bethesda Station) as well as the Juvenile Aid Bureau, the 4th District (Wheaton-Glenmont Station), the 3rd District (Silver Spring Station), and as a Court Liaison Officer. He also dedicated more than 30 years of service to the Maryland Special Olympics program and is a fundraising leader for the department’s annual Torch Run. Jacocks has attended every department Torch Run since Maryland’s inception of the program in 1985.

“For over 61 years, Lieutenant Tom Jacocks has remained committed to his profession and serving the residents of Montgomery County,” Chief Tom Manger said. 


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