Marcia K. Thompson, Esq.
Marcia K. Thompson is an attorney and law enforcement practitioner with over 20 years working in the criminal justice field. As a Vice President within our Law Enforcement Consulting practice, she provides oversight, management and technical assistance on various law enforcement assessments, trainings and reviews. Marcia has served as a law enforcement administrator at the University of Chicago Police Department, where she oversaw professional standards, accreditation, compliance, training, records management, recruitment, field training, in-service training, leadership development, succession planning, community engagement, youth outreach and the community advisory committee in support of the universities transparency and inclusion initiative.
Marcia has served as an advisor to several law enforcement organizations on civil rights and law enforcement issues for over 15 years. She has been an active member of the IACP Civil and Human Rights Committee for over 10 years. In addition, she has provided insight and guidance on timely and novel civil rights and human rights matters impacting law enforcement nationally, including bias-free policing, tasers, use of force, stop and frisk, constitutional policing, procedural justice, hate crimes, and affinity group protections. She has also served as General Counsel and advisor to the National Organization of Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) for many years. In both capacities, she provided a legal perspective and civil rights lens on law enforcement, community policing and criminal justice matters.
Marcia is a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator as well as a collaborative problem-solver, change management facilitator, and equal employment opportunity (EEO) and civil rights professional. While serving as an Ombudsman for an entire federal agency, she impartially handled agency-wide concerns and trends regarding policy, practices and procedures. For many years, Marcia has served as a federal fact finder, EEO investigator and hearing officer, providing neutral hearings and drafting administrative appellate determinations. She has conducted large facilitated dialogues with community members on police departments and other related public services in several cities, including Washington, D.C.; New Orleans, Lousiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Baltimore, Maryland. She has participated in and held other facilitated dialogues on workplace and community topics, and taught others to use similar facilitative and problem-solving techniques to engage pertinent stakeholders.
Marcia has provided advisory and consulting services to law enforcement organizations nationally for over 15 years. She led Hillard Heintze’s team of subject-matter experts working on our Denver Sheriff Department engagement, which focused on use of force, management issues, staffing and training. She has conducted law enforcement assessments and provided training, technical assistance and compliance work at departments ranging from small to large, including the Birmingham Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, Murfreesboro Police Department, Virgin Islands Police Department, Winslow Township Police and the Boulder Police Department.
Marcia was a professor for close to 10 years at Bowie State University and taught criminal justice, social justice, civil rights, conflict resolution, juvenile analysis, criminology, criminal law, constitutional law, criminal procedure, evidence, trial and advocacy practice, victimology, rule of law, mediation, police management, intelligence, and public records and ethics. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and her Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.