Brian L. James
Deputy Chief James commands Patrol Bureau 1. He joined GPD in February 1996 as a member of the 72nd PBIC and soon served as a Patrol Officer, a PNRC Officer, and as a member of the Violent Crimes Task Force.
He served in the Patrol Bureau as both a corporal and sergeant and in 2002 was transferred as the supervisor of the Crash Investigation Traffic Enforcement Team. Two years later, he was assigned as the supervisor for the Training Division.
In 2004, James was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Police and later served as Executive Officer of the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2009, he was promoted to the Captain and served as the Patrol Operations Commander. Later that year, James was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Training Division. In 2011, he became the Commanding Officer of the Central Patrol Division and later, Commanding Officer of the Resource Management Division.
James earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from NC A&T State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Pfeiffer University. He is a graduate of the 48th session of the Administrative Officer’s Management Program at NC State University and the 49th Session of the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police, as well as from the 251st Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He is also a recipient of the NC Training and Standards Commission Advanced Law Enforcement Certification.
“I grew up in Greensboro and had a lot of positive role models. They included teachers, coaches, neighbors as well as public safety personnel. Those role models gave me the confidence to believe that I could achieve any goal," said James. "Not only did these role models inspire me, they gave me the desire to be a role model for other kids and to work in a role where I could serve my community. Becoming a Greensboro police officer has enabled me to be that role model that I once had and to make a positive impact on the community that made me who I am.”