Provincetown's Beloved "Dancing Cop" Passes Away at Age 92

"Traffic cop icon in Lopes Square"
Office Donald Thomas was Provincetown's "Dancing Cop" and a town icon. (PPD courtesy photo)

From the Provincetown Police Department:

Our community is waking this morning to the sad news that former Provincetown Police Officer Donald “The Dancing Cop” Thomas pass away in his sleep, he was 92.

Officer Donald Thomas joined the Provincetown Police Department in 1947 as an auxiliary and then transition into the role of summer policeman. At some point in the 1970s, he became a traffic cop icon in Lopes Square, effortlessly spinning, sidestepping, pivoting, but most of all moving the cars along in Lopes Square.

Donald served as ambassador to many visitors from around the world who would visit our community each summer. His warm manner and his mission to interact with the youngsters that he met on patrol made him a joy to work with. Donald will be terribly missed and we thank him for his service and friendship.

We join his family in their time of grief and offer hope and support during this terrible loss.

(See vintage video below)


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