Former GH trooper promoted to deputy director

A former trooper at the Grand Haven post has been promoted to command the state police force's Field Services Bureau.
Tribune Staff
Feb 21, 2013

Capt. Thomas Sands attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and his new command effective Feb. 3. He is now one of four deputy directors of the Michigan State Police and a member of the agency’s Executive Council.

Sands will lead 1,400 enlisted and civilian employees assigned to the state police's seven districts, 29 posts, 22 multi-jurisdictional task forces and other special investigative teams.

A native of Ann Arbor, Sands enlisted in the department in 1987, graduating as a member of the 102nd Trooper Recruit School. He has served in many state police units and posts during his 26-year career.

Sands is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He is also a graduate of the 211th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Sands is married and has three children.

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