JAMES McGUFFIN, Assistant Director (Highway Patrol)

James McGuffin, Assistant Director
James McGuffin, Assistant Director

In November of 2011, DPS Director Robert Halliday promoted James McGuffin from Major to Lieutenant Colonel and assigned him to head the agency’s Highway Patrol Division.

During his career with DPS, Lt. Col. James McGuffin has held assignments in each of the Department’s operational and support divisions. McGuffin, a 2004 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, joined DPS in July of 1986. His first duty assignment was as a highway patrol officer stationed in Quartzsite. After 14 months in Quartzsite, he transferred to Wickenburg where, in 1992, he was promoted to sergeant. As a sergeant, McGuffin remained in Wickenburg as the area highway patrol supervisor until 1998. At that time, he was promoted to lieutenant and was assigned to the Gang Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GITEM). While in this position, he oversaw three squads of gang enforcement detectives in the metro Phoenix area along with a Financial Crimes squad and a Liquor Enforcement squad. Eventually, the GITEM district included three additional squads of gang detectives across northern Arizona.

In 2002, McGuffin transferred to the Vehicle Theft Task Force overseeing six squads of auto theft detectives around the state. In 2004, he was assigned as the Department’s Internal Affairs commander where he became responsible for overseeing investigative sergeants conducting administrative investigations of alleged officer misconduct. In 2006, McGuffin was promoted to the rank of commander and assigned as the Chief of Staff for the Criminal Justice Support Division. In June of 2009, McGuffin assumed command of the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy.

In February 2010, McGuffin was reassigned by incoming Director Robert Halliday to join his staff as the Executive Officer, working out of the Director’s Office. During his career at DPS, McGuffin has chaired committees internally and sat as a member of the Governor’s Drug and Gang Policy Committee.

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