Uniform Patrol Division
Major James "Jim" Burch
Before beginning his career with the Henry County Police Department in 1992, Major Burch served five years of active duty with the US Air Force. Soon after beginning his career with HCPD in 1992, Burch transferred to the Narcotics Investigations Division and served as a K-9 Handler/Interstate Criminal Interdiction Officer. Then in 1994 he was promoted to Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. Burch was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in December of 1994 and was assigned to Uniform Patrol Division. In 1996 he was transferred to supervise a newly formed TAC/K-9 Unit that was designed to respond to high crime areas, work Criminal Investigations/Narcotics Criminal Interdiction, and serve as an on duty entry team. Then in 1998 he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he supervised the Crimes Against Property and the Crimes Against Person Investigations.
Major Burch joined the United States Air National Guard in 1995 and served until 2004, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. In September, 2001 Burch was activated by the United States Air Force and served a two-year tour in the US and overseas. Upon his return from active duty service in 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and worked in the Uniform Patrol Division, Special Operations Division, and Criminal Investigations Division. In 2007, he was the first Police Officer from Henry County to be assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Atlanta. On November 1, 2010, Burch was promoted to Captain. As Captain, Burch served as the Internal Affairs Division Commander where he was responsible for internal Affairs investigations, hiring and recruiting, and open record requests, and as the North Precinct Commander where he supervised the opening of the Fairview Precinct and then as the South Precinct Commander.
In June 2014, Burch was promoted to Major and serves as the Commander of the Uniform Patrol Division.
Major Burch is a 2011 graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 244.