Thorne receives promotion
Even though newly promoted Lawton police Lt. Jason Thorne says he enjoyed working as a detective for the last two years, he's ready to get back out and work the streets alongside his brothers and sisters in blue.
City officials, police administrators and officers, legal professionals and, of course, Thorne's family and friends, gathered Friday at the City Hall banquet room to recognize and celebrate Thorne's promotion, which couldn't have come at a sweeter time.
Thorne, a lifelong Lawtonian who joined the force in June 2006, was promoted to lieutenant just days after the birth of his first son, now 10 days old. Thorne said he will have to go back to working night shifts in patrol, but he's happy to be able to spend fewer hours working overtime and the stress of the Criminal Investigation Division.
"I am going to miss detectives and the good work they do there," Thorne said. "I'm ready to get back out there and meet some of the new officers that started since I've been in CID."
Thorne has worked several areas at the department. After five years in patrol, he received the Police Commendation Bar for excellence in performance as a traffic officer and was promoted to sergeant.
Thorne went on to join the tactical team, become certified at basic entry and firearms operating schools, joined the bike team, and later attended long-range precision rifle schools and an advanced sniper rifle school. Thorne has extensive training in traffic collision investigations in addition to two years of investigating property and personal crimes.