Message from the Chief

Chief Thompson

On September 1, 2017, I was appointed as the 15th Police Chief of the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD). My vision is to use creative and innovative strategies to increase public safety in Winston-Salem while strengthening public trust and confidence between our community members and the women and men of the WSPD. It is also my goal to grow and develop future leaders that will have the ability to continue to advance 21st Century policing strategies in the WSPD for years to come.

We are fortunate and grateful to be supported by the Winston-Salem Police Foundation. The Winston-Salem Police Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the capacity of law enforcement proficiency and enables the WSPD to be more effective in reducing crime and increasing public safety. The Winston-Salem Police Foundation supports community outreach efforts of the WSPD that are unable to be funded through the city’s general fund budget. The Winston-Salem Police Foundation encourages community support and understanding and fosters personnel development and well being.

The Winston-Salem Police Foundation and the WSPD are able to merge our purposes through a partnership that will enable us to serve our community in a variety of ways. In one such example we are looking forward to Operation Sweet Reads, an outreach initiative where WSPD will engage our children in their communities with ice cream and books. This initiative will help to raise the reading skills of our kids to assist with elimination of the preschool to prison pipeline. Additionally, the WSPD interaction will help forge positive relationships between our youth and our Police Officers.

I ask that you support our combined efforts by donating to the Winston-Salem Police Foundation. No amount is too small and your donation is an investment into making the WSPD an agency in which we “police locally and reach globally” through citizen outreach and the professional development of WSPD personnel. Through your financial support, we can continue to make Winston-Salem a safe and secure community that we all can be proud to call “home”.

Thanks for your support!
Catrina A. Thompson
Chief of Police


Board of Directors

  • Barry D. Rountree – President – Winston-Salem Police Chief, retired
  • Justin Gomez – Vice President – Senior Marketing Manager for Corporate, Community & BestHealth, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
  • Evelyn Acree – Secretary – Senior Vice President, Mechanics & Farmers Bank
  • Jordan G. Wilson – Treasurer – Vice President, Auditor Manager, Truist 
  • Scott Sewell – Immediate Past President – Vice President , External Affairs & Corporate Compliance Officer, Cook Medical
  • Simon Burgess – Managing Director, Mayfair Street Partners
  • Daniel Butner – Operator, Carrabba’s Italian Grill
  • John Devlin – Director, Global Marketing, Cook Medical
  • James DuBose – Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Development and Administration, WSSU
  • Calvin McRae II– Vice President of Public Policy, Greater Winston-Salem, Inc.
  • Corena Norris-McCluney– Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend LLP
  • Tadhg O’Gara, MD – Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
  • Matt Schooler, M.Ed., LAT, ATC – Director Orthopedic Institute, Novant Health
  • Rob Simon – Owner, Windsor Jewelers
  • Scott Somerville – President, Hanes Activewear
  • J. Alex Thornton – Attorney, Thornton Law
  • Nancy Young– WSSU, retired

ex officio

  • Catrina Thompson – Chief, Winston-Salem Police Department


Note: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the Charitable Solicitation Licensing Section at 888-830-4989.  This license is not an endorsement by the State. 

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