James Senegal is the Director of Professional Development at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT). Prior to joining LEMIT, James was a Captain with the City of Magnolia Police Department located in Montgomery County, Texas. James has approximately 14 years of law enforcement and public safety experience and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. James has served in a number of law enforcement capacities to include patrol officer, assistant team leader of the SWAT Team, patrol supervisor, administrative supervisor, training coordinator and Captain. In November of 2012 James was appointed Executive Officer to the Chief of Police and shortly thereafter became Captain of MPD.
Among other staff members and under the command of Chief Domingo Ibarra, James was instrumental in having Magnolia PD recognized as one of the top 10 police agencies in the world for their community collaborative project “Coalition for Demolition”. With the designation Magnolia PD was named a recipient of the prestigious Webber Seavey Award; a designation awarded by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Motorola.
James has also been awarded a Master Peace Officer Certificate, as well as a Field Training Officer certification. In addition, James holds an Advanced SWAT Certification, Intermediate Crash Investigations Certification, Sexual Assault and Family Violence Investigations Certificate (SAFVIC), and Special Investigator’s Certificate. James is also a trainer for Below 100 Intensive, Self-Aid/Buddy-Aid (SABA), and is currently certified through both the Texas Education Agency and National Safety Council to teach Alive at 25 (DDC).
With a desire to serve the citizens of Texas, James has been appointed by Governor Gregg Abbott as a Commissioner to the OneStar National Service Foundation and a Board Member to the OneStar Foundation. James has also been recognized by the National Women of Achievement as a “Man of Honor” in his inspirational contribution to the community as a role model for young men of America.