Names and Faces: Jason James

Published: Aug. 2, 2018 at 11:37 AM CDT
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Ever since he started at BPD in 1998, Sergeant Jason James has had a singular passion: to help people.

So, James became a police officer. But like many young officers, he soon learned that it can be a tough job.

"You see all the bad things in life, all the negative stuff, and you really start wondering if you're helping people," James said. "You know you are, down the road, but you don't physically see it."

James wanted to change that and help put police officers in a positive light. That desire led him to a program called Tip-A-Cop that puts officers in an entirely new setting.

Tip-A-Cop raises money for the Special Olympics, which is another group James was drawn to as a school resource officer at Bryan High School.

Through Special Olympics, James grew a friendship with Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann.

Then, on August 13, 2012, Constable Bachmann was shot and killed in the line of duty.

"Brian helped me with Special Olympics, and we've worked K-9s together," said James. "So that was one of the hardest things I've had to deal with."

James leaned on his wife Mandie and his two children for support.

"They know this is the job and that anything can happen at any moment--like the day Bachmann was killed," said James. "[Mandie] was still delivering food with the College Station wives and still helping out with the situation."

Support is what Jason James preaches. He wants to continue to build strong relationships between law enforcement and the community.