Jimmy Womack is a Navy veteran who served during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is a retired police chief with more than 27 years of experience as a community-oriented officer. He has also served as a school resource officer and instructor for gang resistance and training.
Womack has achieved many of the state’s top policing certifications, including: Master Peace Officer, Special Investigator Instructor, Mental Health Officer, Police Proficiency Instructor, FBI -LEEDA, and Advanced Complex Incident Command. He is also S.W.A.T. certified.
Womack’s career focus has been to achieve positions where he can apply his education and experience to positively impact the criminal justice profession. He is currently an instructor and program liaison for the competency-based criminal justice degree program at A&M-Commerce. He enjoys working with police agencies and officers to help provide the highest quality education possible. He is motivated by opportunities to help others achieve individual and collective success.
A Conversation with Jimmy
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
In the words of Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
This is something we often leave out of our learning objectives and professional skillsets. However, our university has woven the student experience into each program. We are very invested in the educational process, but we also treat everyone as an individual. We do our very best to meet everyone where they are in the educational process.
A&M-Commerce has outstanding faculty and staff, and the most beautiful campus in North Texas. You owe it to yourself to come experience A&M-Commerce.
What draws you to your discipline?
I am a retired police chief with more than 27 years of experience. I am invested in the policing profession and the professionalization of its members.
What has been your favorite course to teach?
I must say that Ethics in Policing is one of my favorites. This is a very complicated subject and I truly enjoy seeing the different perspectives of each student.
- M.S., Applied Criminology, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2014
- Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
Leadership Command College, Sam Houston State University, 2014
- BAAS, Business, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2011
- A.S., General Studies, Paris Junior College, 2010
- A.A.S, Criminal Justice, Paris Junior College, 2010
- Mental health and policing
- Sexual assault and family violence
- Professionalizing policing