St. James Police Chief Ron James explains why he loves his work, his force and the community of St James.

Name: Ron Jones

Title: Police Chief St. James MO

* How did you originally get involved in law enforcement?

I have always wanted to be a police officer since I was a kid. I was involved in a Junior Police Officer Program as child, that experience stuck with me.

* What is one of the most memorable moments of your career?

It’s hard to pin down a specific moment that stood out. There have been so many throughout my career each day is different and can change in an instant. That’s the great thing about law enforcement every day is different. If I had to pick a day, it would be the day I graduated the Police Academy, since that day it has been a roller coaster of memories and experiences.

* What would you like to recognize your team for?

I can’t brag enough about the officers here in St. James. I feel truly honored to be apart of such a great department. Our officers are very community oriented and involved in a lot of community projects. Our officers work hard and train hard to bring the best possible service to this community.

* What would you like the community to know about you and your team?

I would like the community to know that we truly care about St. James. A Lot of us are not from St. James, however all our officers have a great sense of community pride. We all genuinely care about the community. A police department is only as strong as the community that stands behind it. We all feel honored to be a part of such a great caring community and our officers take great pride in representing St. James.

* What do you enjoy most about your day to day job?

Helping people, being in law enforcement gives me the opportunity to help my community. I enjoy interacting with the citizens here in St. James. Being in law enforcement has also given me many opportunities to help with and assist in community based organizations and events. I enjoy how all the agencies here in Phelps county work together. The patches on our sleeves may represent a different department, we may patrol different parts of the county, but we are all part of the thin blue line that represents Phelps County. We work collectively together to defend that line and keep our community safe, being a part of that brotherhood is what I enjoy the most.

* How do you approach law enforcement?

Law enforcement is constantly changing from the types of crimes we deal with to the people we encounter. I like to look at each situation I encounter differently, I do not want to become jaded by what I see and encounter every day. I believe every situation is different and every story is different,
so I believe every situation needs to be handled differently and with compassion. The people we deal
with are not just case numbers in a book, they are people, good or bad each of them deserve our best.I believe bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community is paramount. We all must work together to rid our street of drugs and crime, and to educate our children to make positive
choices so that one day they can be leaders in our community. We need to be proactive in our
approach no reactive.