Larry K. James has served as chief of police at the University of Central Arkansas since his appointment in l993. Chief James holds the rank of associate vice president reporting directly to the university president and serves as a member of the president’s executive staff. With more than 40 years in campus law enforcement he has also served as deputy chief of police at San Jose State University in California and director of public safety for the five-campus Portland Community College District in Portland, Oregon.
Chief James is a past-president of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police and for nearly 10 years served as the Arkansas representative to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, representing all Arkansas municipal and university police chiefs as a voting member of the Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police. He was appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee to the Advisory Board of the University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute for two consecutive terms. He served for five years as the president of the Arkansas Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. He serves as a Consultant-Evaluator with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and has conducted assessments of campus law enforcement agencies in several states.
Chief James worked for more than four years as a senior research consultant for Brouillete Research Associates, a law enforcement/organizational development firm in Portland, Oregon, where he authored studies in community policing initiatives for the city of Eugene, an impact analysis of community policing initiatives for the City of Portland Economic Improvement District, and an impact analysis of crime and police response for the Southern Pacific Railroad in the city of Roseburg, Oregon. He has authored studies on the impact of saturation foot patrol efforts on crime and the fear of crime in downtown San Jose and at San Jose State University. Chief James also had a significant role in the development of the first Emergency 9-1-1 Communications Certificate program within the state of Oregon and served as director of the program for several years at Portland Community College. He has served as a management trainer and instructed in law enforcement organization and management at various community colleges and law enforcement institutes.
Chief James is a graduate of San Jose State University and has held adjunct teaching positions in law enforcement at several institutions throughout his career.