THAYER -- James Martin has worked as a patrolman for the Thayer Police Department for one-year and four months. He received his 640 hours of basic law enforcement training from the Missouri Sheriff's Association in West Plains. He is 22-years old and he is not married.
He is originally from Alton. He received his GED when he was in the seventh grade and started college at MSU in West Plains when he was 17.
"I was interested in computers and computer technology and that is what I studied in college," he said.
"The more I learned about computers the more I realized I was not going to be happy until I tried what I always really wanted to do and that was to become a police officer. I see this as a career of choice," Martin said.
Martin likes serving warrants and making DWI arrests.
He usually works the evening shift at the police station. He routinely checks the logs and sees if there is anything he needs to finish up that another officer may have started before his shift ended.
He says he makes sure the teenagers in town obey the curfew. "Teenagers 16 and younger cannot be out past 11 p.m. in Thayer," he said.
He says he thinks the police department could work on some public relation issues.
"I think we are doing an adequate job. The police department is changing for the good and we are setting a good example," he said.