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.