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Major James Hughes

Major James HughesJames Hughes served as a Petty Officer in the Unites States Navy for six years, prior to joining the law enforcement profession in 1987. He then served as a Police Officer with the Quincy Police Department in Quincy, Florida as; a GIU Detective, GIU Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant and Captain; 2006 he was employed with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office in Quincy, Florida as the Assistant Director of Emergency Management Operations; he is currently the Operations Major with the City of Miami Gardens Police Department in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The Operations Division is the "uniformed, first-responder" division consisting of 4 Captains, 14 Sergeants, 100 officers, and 11 Support Personnel. The division staffs 4-12 hour shifts, each shift commanded by a Captain. This Division responds to over 130,000 calls for service annually. Officers’ conduct preliminary criminal investigations, plan and coordinate public safety at special events, investigate all vehicle crashes, search for missing persons, respond to life-threatening medical calls, and all other emergency and non-emergency calls..

Each Captain is responsible for 3 squads, each squad is supervised by a Sergeant. Officers are assigned to one of 3 geographic areas, located within the 20 square miles of the City of Miami Gardens, based on crime pattern analysis that is updated every 2 weeks. Included in this City of nearly 110,000 residents, are Calder Casino and Race Course, Sun Life Stadium, Florida Memorial University, and St. Thomas University. An Administrative Assistant is responsible for issuing all Public Music and Broadcast permits. The Division also includes the Department's canine unit. The Canine Unit consists of a Sergeant and 4 K-9 Officers who work with dogs specially trained to seek out illegal narcotics, explosives, and assist in searching buildings and tracking criminal suspects.

James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice(Magna Cum Laude) from Springfield College in Springfield, Ma., and have completed numerous Career Service Courses such as; Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, Chief Executive Seminar, Managing the Patrol Functions, Criminal Patrol Drug Enforcement, Decision Making Problem Solving, CMS General Instructor Transition, Basic Driving Instructor, Field Training Officer, Human Diversity Instructor Awareness, Hostage Negotiations, Police Media Relations, Case Prep/Court Presentation, Computer Applications In Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence Investigations, Sex Crime Investigations, Narcotic Identification and Investigations, Injury and Death Investigations Occult Investigations and Police Internal Affairs.

James has served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Gadsden Association Rehabilitation Center in Quincy, Florida for several years. He has taught Gang Resistance Courses in the local middle school of Quincy and Drug Resistance Courses in the elementary schools.