Major Jim Cooke began his career in Law Enforcement with the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Department in Florida in 1987. Jim was a State Certified Corrections Officer and worked as an Intake Officer at the St. Lucie County Jail.
He returned to Alabama in 1989 after being hired by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Jim worked in the jail for six months and was then moved to Patrol where he worked as a Patrol Deputy. Jim transferred to Investigations in 1991 and worked as a Crime Scene Investigator and then a Criminal Investigator.
Major Cooke began his career with the Madison Police Department in 1997. During his 18 years at MPD, Jim has served as a D.A.R.E. Officer, S.R.O., Patrol Officer, Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Jim was promoted to Major in 2012.
Through his career, Major Cooke has obtained hundreds of hours of training, specializing in crime scene and homicide investigations. He has investigated hundreds of death and felony cases, including capital cases.
Jim has also served as a member of the Alabama National Guard as a Combat Engineer and a Legal Specialist. Major Cooke served a year in the jungles of Ecuador in 1986.
Jim was born on Redstone Arsenal and is a 1985 graduate of East Limestone High School. Jim and his wife Debbie have been married for twenty six years. Their son currently attends The University of Alabama and is majoring in engineering. Jim’s parents, Jim and Diane, live on a small farm in Jackson County which has been owned by the family since 1828. Jim has two sisters, one is a doctor and one is a court reporter. Both live in the area.