Officer Hill joins MPD

Posted 2/4/20

James Walter (J.W.) Hill, who officially began his career as a Madisonville Police Officer Dec. 11, did not always want to be a cop.

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Officer Hill joins MPD

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James Walter (J.W.) Hill, who officially began his career as a Madisonville Police Officer Dec. 11, did not always want to be a cop.

Officer Hill, 25, accepted a position with his hometown department shortly after graduating from TEEX Central Texas Police Academy in Bryan. His training included a thorough 800-hour course prior to graduation.

“I went to the academy with the intention of working in Madisonville,” said Hill. “I wanted to work in my hometown because I know the people. I know the good, the bad, and everybody’s backgrounds. I plan on being here for as long as possible. I love this town and I love the people, so I hope to be here as long as I can.”

Hill has always showcased a strong desire to help others. He joined the Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department as a junior firefighter during his junior year of high school. This ultimately led to being a full-time firefighter, which he did until 2017.

“(Madisonville Police and Fire Departments) definitely work together,” said Hill. “We need our firefighters like they need us. That definitely helped me learn more of the medical side of things, since you deal with a lot of accidents. Once I realized that I was okay handling that kind of stuff, knowing that it is helping people in the end, you can kind of build up to it from there.”

But after his stint with MVFD, Hill was still not sure what he wanted to do exactly.

“I was chasing pipelines and making some money,” said Hill. “I got to the point where I was tired of that and wanted to stick with a career. I decided this would be a good one.”

He had a handful of friends who were already Madisonville Police Officers who helped persuade his decision. He would participate in ride-alongs with them before becoming an officer himself.

“Whenever you participate in the ride alongs, you do not get out of the car,” said Hill. “When you start wearing the badge, you actually get out and start experiencing everything.”

Hill has been working as an MPD Officer for nearly two months and admitted he is loving the job so far.

“When I became an officer, it was not so I could write tickets or anything like that,” said Hill. “I came here so I could help people and solve problems.”

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