Terry Thomas, FDLE, Special Agent for more than twenty-eight years of Special Agent Thomas’s career has been exclusively dedicated to crimes against children. As a nationally recognized expert in the areas of physical and sexual abuse investigations, Agent Thomas was invited and participated (1984) as a panelist for the U.S. Department of Justice Hearings on Child Molestation held in Washington, D.C. With his skills, knowledge, and experience, and as FDLE’s Statewide Coordinator of Crimes Against Children Program, Agent Thomas facilitated the development of the nation’s forefront Rapid Response Team. Florida’s statewide RRT investigates child abuse cases having multiple victims and Agent Thomas’s innovative mobile interview room has been the prototype for program design in other States. Special Agent Thomas was appointed by Florida’s Governor to serve on the Florida Child Death Review Team. In addition, he serves on numerous boards and committees committed to the health and safety of children and the investigation of crimes against children. As the Rapid Response Team Coordinator, Agent Thomas has responded to numerous multiple victim/multiple offender cases throughout Florida and has been called upon as the consultant to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Agent Thomas’s commitment to victims of crime and crisis is well recognized in the United States. For fifteen years he served as an active member of and instructor for the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). As a volunteer member of the NOVA Critical Incident Response Team and the Florida Crisis Response Team, Agent Thomas has served as the team leader and/or team member during responses to numerous critical incidents, including: the Oklahoma City bombing; the Gainesville, Florida, homicides; and the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. In 2002, Agent Thomas received the “State Law Enforcement Officer of the year award” from the Missing Children Clearinghouse for his dedication to working to find and assist Florida’s missing & exploited children. Special Agent Terry Thomas is a consultant for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Florida Network of Victim Services, NOVA, and the National Victim’s Center. In addition, as an expert in crimes against children and the investigation of those crimes, he lectures extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

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