James McDowell is a police sergeant in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He is a Fort Lauderdale native.
- He is married to Tanya McDowell. They live in Palm Beach County, Florida with their three children.
- In 2007, he joined the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. While working as a police officer, he is also involved with the mentoring nonprofit Men of Tomorrow, which hosts young men at the department twice monthly to teach leadership skills.
- In 2011, Tanya gave birth to their first son.
- In 2015, Tanya gave birth to their second son.
- In 2017, he founded a mentoring group called Youth Behind the Shield at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.
- On June 4, 2018, Charles R. Drew Elementary Magnet School in Pompano Beach, Florida awarded him with a certificate of appreciation for his participation in the school’s Career Day 2018.
- In May 2020, Tanya gave birth to their daughter.
- In June 2020, Tanya entered him into a Frontline Super Dad of the Year contest sponsored by the Palm Beach International Boat Show and MarineMax to honor first responders working on the frontline of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They won a day on the water on a 2020 Galeon Yachts 425 HTS from the Palm Beach International Boat Show.
- He loves learning history, reading biographies, travelling, cruising and sitting by the water, Tanya told South Florida Sun Sentinel in July 2020.
- On December 10, 2021, he took to Instagram to congratulate David Britt-Stewart, who just graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida and Kendly Canton, who just graduated from the Tallahassee Police Academy. According to him, Britt-Stewart is the first graduate of Youth Behind the Shield.
- On January 13, 2022, he turned himself in to the Broward County Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale. He was charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud and three counts of grand theft. He left jail after posting $13,000 bond on the same day.
- He was 37 years old when he was arrested on January 13, 2022. According to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, preliminary investigation showed that he double dipped by signing on for off-duty details while still on-duty with the department. The department put him on administrative leave without pay until the criminal case reaches a conclusion.
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