Emeryville Police Chief Ken James Receives Brady Campaign Honors
Mr James was instrumental in legislating in 'microstamping' technology for handguns, making crime scene bullet casings easier to trace to help track down violent criminals. He has also publicly rebuked and advocated against the so called "open carry" phenomenon citing the drain on public resources such brandishing brings as well as the serious public safety ramifications. Chief James was also instrumental in helping to implement common sense guidelines for Bay Area local governments to comprehensibly regulate gun dealers in their communities.
Emeryville directly benefited from Mr James' advocacy in service of his gun dealer work last March. Many Emeryville residents will remember the National Rifle Association (NRA) bullying tactics used at our City Hall as gun "aficionados" from all around California descended upon the council chambers and attempted to thwart the imposition of the slightest regulation for a planned gun shop on San Pablo Avenue, next to the high school. The regulations stood up against the NRA onslaught and its threats of lawsuits and the gunners backed down. Readers may wish to read several Tattler articles surrounding the March 16 vocal show down at City Hall.
Mr James has indicated he plans on retiring from the force in the near future having served Emeryville in uniform for decades. Chief James has received accolades from Emeryville leaders and residents alike for his commitment to building a highly professional police force with competence and comity.