Graduate school alumnus Jeff Thompson, MS-NCR’10, is an NYPD detective and member of the Hostage Negotiation Team and the Strategic Communications Unit.
As a student in the Werner Institute’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution master’s degree program, Jeff Thompson became a leader in the classroom. He is passionate about helping others engage in conflict constructively.
He has developed conflict resolution training programs that have been taught to more than 20,000 NYPD police officers. He has experience in law enforcement, mediation, conflict resolution and interfaith work and has successfully mediated situations involving diverse cultural backgrounds, multiple parties and time-sensitive issues. His work has been featured on media websites and in publications including PsychologyToday.com, the New York Times, CNN and BBC radio.
While at Creighton, Mr. Thompson helped develop an online community engagement platform for alumni and conflict specialists that emerged as one of the leading national Web sources for conflict resolution. He recently conducted research on crisis and hostage negotiation as a research fellow at Columbia University Law School and is a Ph.D. candidate at Griffith University Law School, in Queensland, Australia.
Mr. Thompson is a community member of Southern Cross University’s Centre for Peace and Social Justice and has provided crisis communication trainings for the F.B.I., cadets at the West Point Military Academy, and law enforcement crisis negotiators from more than 100 agencies. He is a member of numerous professional and academic organizations, including Mediators Beyond Borders. He also serves as a board member with the Greater New York Chapter’s Association for Conflict Resolution and volunteers with the New York Peace Institute.
In 2015, Creighton University Graduate School awarded him the Alumni Merit Award for his achievements.