The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative

Commander Thomas Wright

Project Manager

Thomas Wright has 18 years of law enforcement experience with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and currently holds the title of Division Commander.  He started in 1997 as a Deputy Sheriff working corrections at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, patrol Deputy at Dublin Police Services, Juvenile Crimes Investigator, Narcotics Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Sergeant, Jail Lieutenant, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer at the Oakland International Airport, Commanding Officer at the Regional Training Center in Dublin and most recently as the Countywide Services Division Commander.  As the Countywide Services Division Commander Thomas was responsible for three different duty stations within the Sheriff’s Office, Crime Lab/Coroner’s Bureau, Court Services and the Office of Homeland Security Emergency Services.  He managed almost 250 A.C.S.O. personnel on a daily basis, overseeing three different multi-million dollar a year budgets and working alongside many different entities within and outside of the Sheriff’s Office.


In 2012, Thomas was the overall incident commander for the annual Urban Shield full scale emergency preparedness exercise.  This entailed many months of planning, preparation, organizing and managing over 4,100 personnel for the 48 hour continuous event which involved over 31 tactical teams, 24 fire teams and 8 explosive ordnance teams that received training across 5 Bay Area Counties at 47 different scenario site locations.


Thomas is a United States Air Force veteran.  He was named as Honor Graduate from the U.S.A.F. Law Enforcement Academy.  During his time in the Air Force, Thomas worked as a law enforcement specialist from 1985-1988.  He has over 40 semester units of college credit from various colleges in areas including but not limited to Criminal Justice.  Thomas has numerous specialized training certificates with the Sheriff’s Office, some of which are Tactical Communications, Basic S.W.A.T. School, P.O.S.T. Management School, Critical Incident Management School and his P.O.S.T. Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Certificates.


In 2015, Thomas was appointed as the Bay Area UASI Regional Training and Exercise Program project manager as part of the Bay Area UASI Management Team through an agreement with the County of Alameda.