Q & A: JPD Precinct 4 Commander James McGowan | Community Spirit
42 year old James McGowan is the commander of Jackson Police Department Precinct Four. The precinct is one of four with a total area of 22 square miles, including Fondren, covering some 45,000 plus citizens. His total number of sworn personnel is 76.
McGowan's command began last spring after the resignation of Wendall Watts, now Chief of Police for Central Mississippi Medical Center and a captain in the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.
We sat down with Commander McGowan for a one on one to learn more about this veteran officer, hear of his successes and concerns for Fondren and find out why he loves Jackson, his job and this neighborhood.
What's the back story on James McGowan?
I grew up either wanting to be a police officer or firefighter. In 1992, I got letters on the same day from both to be hired on. I made the choice to go to the police academy because it was something I always wanted to do. I made it a point to keep my life clean and straight so I could accomplish this.
Why police over fire?
I had friends whose dads were police officers and I was always drawn to that. I like helping people. I've been a volunteer for the Boy Scouts for a number of years and coached tee ball and softball; anything to keep kids on the right path. The police department helps me to continue that.
Read more of our Q & A at finditinFondren.com.