Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Thompson is an investigator who joined Bearden Investigative Agency in 2017.  Mr. Thompson graduated from John Moore’s University in Liverpool, England with a NVQ Level 4 in Policing Studies. He came to Bearden Investigative Agency with considerable experience as an Asset Protection Executive & Training Manager for multiple high profile retail department stores.

Mr. Thompson has expertise in the field of covert surveillance, retail theft & fraud investigations, brand protection and growth of business profitability by means of security process implementation.

His vast experience includes:

  • Recognized as leader in retail asset protection
  • Developed procedures and training programs to educate entry level investigators in various aspects of undercover retail theft investigations
  • Able to monitor trends through statistical review, observation and investigation
  • Effective in driving a reduction in theft and maximizing profitability
  • Partner with internal and external bodies to stay ahead of best practices and remain an industry role model in the realm of diversity and inclusion
  • Development and delivery of focused diversity and inclusion training with a focus on unconscious bias and prohibition of profiling
  • Development and delivery of brand protection training with a focus on conflict management and social media

  • Graduated from John Moore’s University in Liverpool, England in 2006 with an NVQ Level 4 in Policing Studies

Skills and Certifications

  • NRA Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Rifle Instructor
  • First Aid AED and CPR Certified
  • Certified Field Training Officer
  • Wicklander-Zulawski Interview & Interrogation Certified
  • PEACE Cognitive Interviewing
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Surveillance
  • Taser X26
  • Method of Entry and Reconnaissance 
  • Verbal de-escalations and conflict resolution training
  • “Making the Case” Certified trainer 

Civic Involvement

  • Member of the National Diversity Council
  • Represented Great Britain in fencing
  • Captain of Merseyside Police Rugby Club
  • Member of the New York Cycling Club
  • American Diabetes Association (fundraiser)
  • Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust, RAFT (fundraiser)
  • Police Treatment Center (fundraiser)
  • ALS Therapy Development Institute (fundraiser)
  • Volunteer Editor for the United States Geological Survey – National Map