Thomas W. Bingham, Jr. is a Patrol Sergeant with the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. He began his career in 1996. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and responsible for supervising the day-to-day activities of a patrol squad.
His previous assignment was as the department’s training sergeant. He was responsible for facilitating and coordinating training for 96 employees of the agency. He is also responsible for coordinating and teaching classes to the Citizen Police Academy and interacting with the media as Public Information Officer. He has been assigned to the SWAT Team since 1997; Team Leader since 2002. As a member of the SWAT Team, he has served as an entry operator, sniper, and sniper team supervisor. He has worked in almost every capacity for the department including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Supervisor, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant, and Supervisor in charge of the department’s special problems unit; The Community Response Team.
He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida. He is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Senior Leadership Program and is a FDLE certified criminal justice general topics and firearms instructor. Sgt. Bingham has been a lead instructor and evaluator during eleven Basic SWAT schools sponsored by his agency. The Basic SWAT School is a rigorous 65-hour program that has trained hundreds of tactical operators in operations to include building clearing, warrant service, hostage rescue, vehicle takedowns, active shooter response, and tactical pistol and long gun operation. Graduates of the school have come from at least 14 police and sheriff agencies from Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Maine, three federal agencies, and various specialized military units.
Sgt. Bingham has years of training in the areas of militant Islamic studies and terrorism. He has taught classes to police officers and citizen groups that deal with Middle Eastern affairs and terrorism-related issues.