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James Martin ... Making a career of law enforcement

Thursday, September 4, 2008

James Martin has worked for the Thayer Police Department one year and four months. He likes his job and wants to make law enforcement his career. Photo by Jan Thompson
Reporter's note: This is the fourth in a series aimed at introducing the public to those that serve at the Thayer Police Department.

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.

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James is also the Children's pastor at First Assembly of God. All children really look up to James. I believe children need a role model, especially in law enforcement.


T. Martin

(James' Mother)

-- Posted by tmart65791 on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 8:37 PM

I am so proud of James and the stand he is taken for his community and showing the younger ones there are caring and trustworthy police officers out there to guide them and protect them...I met James yrs ago in a chat room....Got to go visit them and made great friends with the whole family..Mind you James and his family has had a rough time at life..I believe this is one reason why James has become the person he is today..Giving back to others as others reached out to him and his family..The Martin Family has alot to be proud of..Most of all they are a God loving family.James take that stand as a Christian first and then do your community proud..Show the young generation the true meaning of GODS LOVE!!

-- Posted by JarodsNanna on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 9:27 PM

I don't live in Thayer but, I have heard that James has alot of zeal and has quite the work ethic. This comes as no surprise as I have seen that same zeal and ethic in his work in both childrens ministry and youth ministry.

I too am pleased to know that a man of his character is employed at the police department in Thayer. When young men are looking around to find out what kind of man they should be, James is there to show that a young single man can love his Lord and be called to serve his community and still be a man. Way to go James

-- Posted by commanderbecker on Fri, Sep 5, 2008, at 4:01 PM

As James' Pastor, I have seen first hand his commitment to excellence, as a church leader and as a Christian young man. He has a sensitivity, to the needs of all age groups, that's beyond his years. I appreciate James' willingness to learn and better himself, professionally and spiritually. Keep up the good work, James.

-Pastor Abel Perez [Thayer First Assembly of God]

-- Posted by Chaplain Perez on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 1:18 PM

Thank you S. MO news for the story of James...We have known him for a dozen years, and have the honor of him calling us grandparents...My husband taught James to repair his bike, and later a car!

We've watched him grow and make many choices, and have been delighted to see him make good choices, even when they were difficult ones. YES...we are pleased to have "our" James patol our streets as we sleep peacefully in "our" wonderful Thayer!!!

C Benson

-- Posted by joyandbb on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 5:31 PM

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