RICHMOND, Texas (FOX 26) - Investigator James Murray has served with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office for 25 years. For much of that time, he was a burglary detective.
"I took pleasure in finding the individuals who did that and locking them up to make sure they were prosecuted," says Murray. But now he has a new role, as it were. Besides being in internal affairs, he's the new face of Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers.
Instead of just organizing news conferences or distributing jail booking photos and surveillance video clips with news releases, FBCSO will be producing weekly clips to share on the FOX 26 News platforms with Murray as the star.
Each week, Murray will give you the details of a particular crime that FBCSO needs help solving. It's about more than just getting people to submit crime information. There's an attempt to humanize the deputies as well. FBCSO is producing a get-to-know-you video too, showing Murray, the family man, in his off time hunting and fishing.
'It's just what we love and when I'm not hunting or fishing, I'm in church," adds Murray. "We go to Riverpointe and my faith is important to me."
The idea of putting a face to Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers is not a new one. A sheriff's office in Louisiana has a similar program and it has become wildly successful in no small part thanks to social media. Lieutenant Higgins with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office leads that effort with his down home drawl and tough talk. He has become an internet sensation. It has more than just entertainment value. His segments have led to a high volume of arrests.
Don't expect Murray to imitate Higgins. He's going to do his own thing, but FBCSO hopes people will bond him the way others have with Higgins.