Appointment of Deputy Chief Thomas P. Reynolds as Assistant Chief of Police

December 30, 2011
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 December 30, 2011
(202) 224-1677  

Please join us in congratulating Deputy Chief Thomas P. Reynolds on his promotion to Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Operations.

Assistant Chief Reynolds is an accomplished leader who fosters teamwork and has a deep dedication to the employees of the USCP. He is a strong supporter of the USCP values and has demonstrated his firm commitment to the vision and mission of the Department.

Assistant Chief Reynolds joined the USCP in 1984 after honorably serving six years with the United States Army Military Police. After recruit officer training, his first duty assignment was with the Senate Division. In 1985, the Department created a new First Responder Unit, and Chief Reynolds was one of the first volunteers and selected members to protect the Capitol Building in this new capacity. In 1988, Chief Reynolds was promoted to Detective and had assignments in the Dignitary Protection Division, Gallery Security, and the Internal Affairs and Inspections Division. After being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1990, he performed assignments at the Capitol Division where he assisted in planning security for many demonstrations and events, including the Million Man March demonstration. He also accepted a collateral duty as the commander of the Department’s Hostage Negotiations Team. While in the Patrol Division Chief Reynolds planned, coordinated, and implemented the Department-wide Field Training Program that still exists today.

After being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1995, Chief Reynolds served as the commander of Entry-Level Training at the Training Services Bureau. In his assignment at Training, he worked to enhance the recruit curriculum, coordinated the transition of the Department’s new weapon system and use of force training, and taught many supervisory courses on coaching for improved work performance for first-line supervisors.

In 2002, after his promotion to the rank of Captain, Chief Reynolds was assigned to command the Department’s Dignitary Protection Division where he led the planning and security efforts for congressional leadership and for many congressional delegations, specifically the 2002 Congressional Joint Meeting at Federal Hall in New York City and the 2004 Democratic and Republican Conventions in Boston and New York City, respectively. While at the Republican Convention in New York in September 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Inspector. At the conclusion of the convention, he assumed command of the Senate Division.

Upon the merger of the Library of Congress Police with the USCP in December 2004, Chief Reynolds was assigned as the first Inspector to manage the Library of Congress Division. This assignment was a significant challenge due to the many different laws, rules, and regulations from which the Library Police operated. Due to his effective leadership and ability to foster close working relationships, the two agencies have since built a foundation for teamwork in the spirit of building a cohesive and seamless operational police force at the Library of Congress.

Assistant Chief Reynolds is a leadership challenge graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University.

We welcome Assistant Chief Reynolds as a member of the Executive Team, and look forward to the positive impact he will have on the Department in his new position.

If there are any questions about these events or our security procedures in general, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.

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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Office