Police Captain Receives Distinguished Service Award

Selma Police Patrol Captain William “Billy” Thomas (left) receives the 2017 Selma Police Department Distinguished Service Award from Sgt. J.R. Layhew.

Members of the Selma Police Department have selected Captain William “Billy” Thomas as the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Service Award.

Thomas started with the Selma Police in 2003 as a dispatcher. In 2007, he enrolled in Basic Law Enforcement Training at Johnston Community College and became a patrol officer. Over the last 10 years he has worked his way up the ranks.

“Captain Thomas will always be an officer that strives for excellence,” Sergeant J.R. Layhew said.  “His straight to the point personality and his organizational skills was recognized throughout the promotional processes from Sergeant to his current position, Captain of the Patrol Division.”

“He works countless hours and has vested much personal time into the department,” Sgt. Layhew told WTSB.  “He has written grants and establish protocols that have improved the functionality of the patrol division.  It was an honor to bestow this award on him for his tireless service.”

Thomas was humbled by the recognition. “You are only as good as the people that surround you and I have been fortunate to be surrounded by good people. I enjoy living in Selma and being a public servant for my community.”

Thomas is married to his wife, Angela Thomas, who works for Johnston County Public Schools. They have one child, Erica Thomas, a senior in the Campbell University Nursing Program. He is also a member of Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #88 in Johnston County.