Ohlone’s Stories: James Keogh

James Keogh

Campus Police Officer

James Keogh

1.What is your role here at Ohlone and how long have you been here?
I’m an officer with the police department.   I’ve been with the college for 14 and a half years, where I patrol and help people.

2. What is the most challenging and most rewarding part of this job?
The most rewarding is working with people, the staff and the students. It’s all walks of life, and different cultures. It’s something or someone new every day.  The most challenging, sometimes can be, because of all the walks of life and all the different cultures. That can be a challenge sometimes just to make sure that we’re respecting everybody’s view points.

3. I understand you’re a veteran, where did you serve and how was your experience?
I served 6 years in the California army national guard. I did 2 years in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2005 and I did another year in the U.S. Army Reserve. I believe it was a rewarding experience for me.  I was glad to serve my country and do my part to keep our freedom safe.

4. I understand that Ohlone had a tragic loss when Stewart died. Did you know Stewart? And how have you been dealing with it?
Stewart was a coworker of mine and one of my best friends. I knew Stewart prior to him working here, so we had been friends longer then working together. It hit pretty hard, it was a surprise to our department so we leaned on each other for support. The college brought in a peer counselor through the EPA program to talk to us and gave us numbers to call if we needed. We relied on each other, leaned on each other.  Ohlone has a good support system.

5. You’ll be a new member on our advisory committee, what do you hope bring to the committee. (perspective)
From the law enforcement side, we come into contact with students that don’t necessarily  need  police help. In law enforcement we refer to a tool box, we learn new skills that we then put it in our tool box for later.  I hope to be able to bring my experience in dealing with people who need help, but also gain experience from other committee members in different fields that will help me do my job better; and being able to direct people to get the help that they need.

6. What do you like to do during your spare time?
I spend time with my family, I love to read, it could be anything from a periodical, fiction or nonfiction, doesn’t matter, and working outdoors; anything outdoors.  I’m a volunteer at the Regional parks and so I go up mission peak at least three times a month and log in some patrol hours.