Major James W. Hines serves as the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Enforcement Bureau Commander, overseeing law enforcement services to the unincorporated population of over 330,000 residents, throughout Fort Bend County’s 885 square miles.
Prior to his appointment by Sheriff Nehls, Hines retired from the Sugar Land Police Department after respectfully serving the City of Sugar Land for over two decades. During his career at S.L.P.D., he worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant; predominately operating in the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions. Some of his other assignments included: Watch Commander, Field Training Coordinator, Special Response Team (Riot control) – Commander, Crisis Negotiations and Critical Incident Stress Management.
Major Hines is a licensed Instructor and holds a Master Peace Officer Certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University and his law enforcement training and experience, spans 25 years of dedicated service. His assigned Bureau includes the following: Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Traffic, Warrants, K-9, Air Support, SWAT and the Crime Scene Unit. He is also responsible for representing the Sheriff’s Office, serving on the Local Executive Board for the Greater Houston Regional Computer Forensic Lab and is a Committee Member of the DHS, Houston Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) First Responder Law Enforcement Committee.
Hines' civic contributions include serving the past eleven years as a board member on his neighborhood homeowners association and the past eight years on the Board of Director’s for the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Hines resides in the Richmond area with his wife of 15 years and their canine companions. During his time away from work, he enjoys camping, boating and working in the yard.