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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District Police Department promotes its first female command staff officer in the history of the department. On Thursday, Terri Thomas, will officially receive the promotion from sergeant to lieutenant at the district’s administration building.

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She began her career at Dallas ISD in 1994 as a truancy officer and later stepped up to police officer in 2000.

Thomas comes from a family of law enforcement officers one of which includes her mother, Mattie Thomas, who was the first female deputy for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department

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Terri Thomas is eager to continue the work being done to keep students, teachers and staff safe, but she also recognizes officers have a duty to serve the entire community. “We have to have a relationship with our community so they can feel like they can trust us, so they can feel like they support us and that we support them,” said Thomas. “Especially in Dallas ISD, (parents and community members) have to feel like we have their children’s best interest at heart, as well as our staff.”

Thomas will be pinned by her mother and daughter during the ceremony.

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