Captain James Spain was born in Chicago, Illinois and then moved to Northern Michigan where he graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek High School. After serving in the Michigan Army National Guard, Captain Spain returned to the Chicagoland area where he was a successful business owner. In 1993, Captain Spain moved to Central Florida where he attended the Criminal Justice Academy of Osceola and joined the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in 1995. Captain Spain’s experience throughout the agency includes being a member of the Community Response Team (CRT), Felony Apprehension and Surveillance Team (FAST), The Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Criminal Investigations. In 2002, Captain Spain was promoted to Sergeant and then served as Sergeant in the Patrol Division, Persons Crimes Unit, Child and Sex Crimes Unit, and the Homicide Unit. In 2006, Captain Spain was promoted to Lieutenant where he served in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Research and Development. He was promoted to Captain by Sheriff Russell Gibson and currently oversees School Safety Division. He is also the Commander of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team.
Captain Spain received his leadership certificate at Valencia College’s Public Safety Leadership Development Program and his Associate’s Degree from Columbia College. Captain Spain and his wife volunteer in the community with organizations like Special Olympics and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.