Jim Blocker is the 18th Chief of Police for the Battle Creek Police Department, having served within the Battle Creek Police department for 18 years in various capacities: patrol officer, Community Police Officer, SWAT team member, Detective, and Executive Officer. In addition, Chief Blocker retains the rank of MAJOR in the US Army, serving in the Michigan Army National Guard, currently assigned as Provost Marshall for Camp Grayling.
Chief Blocker has had multiple tours of duty, serving in South America, Egypt, Latvia, and two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan earning two Bronze stars, two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the NATO ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.
Chief Blocker earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornerstone College. He is a graduate of several US Army command courses, as well as the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.