Officer Brandon Thornton grew up in Longview and graduated from Longview High School. He attended Panola and Kilgore Colleges. Officer Thornton began his Law Enforcement Career in 2001 as a certified Police Officer for the Gilmer Police Department. In 2003, he left the Gilmer Police Department and started with the Longview Police Department. He spent his first 2 years in the Patrol Division before transferring to the Traffic Division to work as a motorcycle officer, where he would serve the community for the next 10 years. During this time, he earned his Master Peace Officer license and several certifications which include Field Sobriety Testing, Police Motorcycle Operator, and Forensic Mapping.
In September 2016, Officer Thornton was assigned to the Police Area of Representative's Unit as the Special Program / Citywide Police Area Representative Officer. Officer Thornton acted as the Department's liaison for Special Programs City Wide. His duties included the implementation of new and existing programs and working with the Longview community to help reduce crime and solve problems affecting their quality of life. In February 2020, Officer Thornton was assigned to the Office of Community Relations as the Public Information Officer (PIO). As PIO, Officer Thornton's duties include being the spokesman for the Department, as well as the liaison between the Longview Police Department, the news media, and the public. Additionally, he will also be responsible for the continued updating of the Department's social media presence.