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 Meet Our School Resource Officer:
Corporal James Moore

Corporal James Moore

By: Emmett Burnett 

A school resource officer wears many hats:  authority figure, guidance counselor, and friend.  Corporal James Moore, Chickasaw Schools’ Resource Officer, wears them all plus another one – a police officer’s hat.

As a Chickasaw Policeman and School Resource Officer, his beat covers both Chickasaw Elementary and High School campuses.  He attends the needs of students ranging from Kindergarten to Twelfth grades.  Regardless of age or grade, Corporal Moore’s message is the same, “Education is the number one in my book.” He also says, “My job is to make sure these kids have a safe and sound environment for learning. I want them to stay in school, and not in trouble. I will do everything in my power to deter them from leaving.”

This Resource Officer’s day typically begins early at the high school at 50 Chieftain Way.  After working the high school’s pedestrian and vehicle morning traffic, Officer Moore reviews his caseload. Oftentimes, there are other issues awaiting him and Social Media is usually at the top of the list.  “It’s a big problem, especially with girls,” the Corporal noted, “about gossip via internet.” “Someone often posts something negative off campus and it spills over, and escalates at school.”  Words are exchanged, others become involved, the story is embellished, and the School’s Resource Officer has to step in. “When I hear about it, I intervene,” Moore said. “We sit down with both parties, I confront them with what I know and hopefully we talk it out and find a solution.  The key is stop it before it reaches the fighting stage.”  Corporal Moore is adamant about using Social Media responsibly and being careful and cautious with one’s online presence, noting, “Facebook is forever.”

Corporal Moore faces slightly different issues in the Elementary School’s side of the business.  The number one question grade school children ask this policeman is, “Is your gun real?”  He smiles and continues, “They all want to know about it.”  He tells them, “Yes, it’s real but this isn’t what matters. What you learn in the classroom today is what matters.”

Grade school children offer greater opportunities for positive influence.  They are still young with impressionable minds.  “During the day I try to walk the halls through all class ages. I want kids to know we care and if you let them, this faculty and staff will give you a good education,” said the Corporal.

A main issue among the elementary children, according to Moore, is their borrowing (without permission) other classmates’ electronic tablets or cellphones.  “This is a good time to teach them about what is right and wrong and it is a good time to see a 5th grader’s eyes wide open when being lectured with love by a uniformed police officer and if we can reach them at early ages we won’t have problems at later ages,” he added. He says the key to maintaining a successful duty is staying a step ahead and being constantly aware of what is going on during the school’s day.

Corporal James Moore is trained in first responder courses, drug interdiction and awareness instruction. His training goes back many years before entering the Police Academy.  He is   United States Marine Veteran having served tours of duty in both Baghdad and Afghanistan. This Mobile native and resident smiled when sharing that he has real life’s experiences with children, as well. “I have a three year old daughter, Tyaina, who is the world to me, but she keeps me running everywhere.”

At work, he sees many young people. Some will come to him and not to anyone else.  His message to those who may not interface with kids and teens is, “Don’t judge a book by its cover. We don’t know on the outside what kids are going through on the inside.”  He adds, “Some children have parents who are there for them.  Others do not.  Sometimes our children act the way they do because they are crying out for help.”  Corporal James Moore helps. “We need to ask ‘What can I do to help kids with their issues to enrich their lives?’ We need to ask how they can become productive citizens of society; I want to help, and so does the Chickasaw School System,” he said.


Chickasaw City School System
Board of Education
December 10, 2015 
5:30 PM Pre-Meeting/6:00 PM Board Meeting
Chickasaw City School System Board of Education
201 North Craft Hwy. 
Chickasaw, AL 36611



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