(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E577-E578]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                          HON. KENNY MARCHANT

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mr. MARCHANT. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to recognize Jim Grayson for 
his 35 years of public service as a Carrollton Police Officer in 
Carrollton, Texas.
  Jim Grayson was hired by the Carrollton Police Department on August 
1, 1977, as a Community Service Officer with the responsibilities of 
organizing the equipment for the Patrol Division. On December 18, 1978, 
Jim was officially sworn in as a Carrollton Police Officer. He attended 
the North Central Texas Council of Government's Basic Police Academy 
and graduated on January 31, 1979.
  On August 15, 1983, Jim Grayson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 
whereupon he was assigned the task of assisting the development of the 
department's newly created Crime Prevention Unit. Jim's role in 
developing the program helped establish one of the police department's 
most effective and successful units.
  As an officer committed to expanding and developing his skills, Jim 
Grayson attended the prestigious Northwestern University Traffic 
Institute's School of Police Staff and Command in Evanston, Illinois, 
where he graduated in 1986. Jim continued his education in 1991 when he 
graduated from the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management 
Institute for Police of Harvard University's Kennedy School of 
  On January 29, 1987, Jim Grayson was promoted to the rank of 
Commander. In 1991, Jim was assigned the responsibility of starting

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the department's first ever Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team by 
developing the policies, procedures, training regimen, and deployment 
strategies. On May 1, 1991, Jim was appointed to lead the unit after 
which he selected the personnel for the police department's first ever 
SWAT unit. Jim served as the unit commander until 2000 and his 
direction established the standard for future SWAT members and leaders.
  Jim commanded numerous divisions during his career including Criminal 
Investigations, Administrative Services, Special Operations, Detention 
Services, and spent several rotations leading patrol shifts as a Patrol 
Commander. Jim was often looked to for direction and guidance in the 
Police Department because of his expansive experience and knowledge. 
His ability to provide quality and calm leadership in all situations 
was a valuable resource for the police department.
  Jim and his wife Vickie will be married 37 years this November and 
are the proud parents of Daniel and Torie. Outside the police 
department, Jim has spent a great deal of his personal time as a 
basketball coach in various North Texas leagues.
  Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the 24th Congressional District of Texas, I 
ask all my distinguished colleagues to join me in thanking Jim Grayson 
for his 35 years of public service.