Meet Jim Cooper
Jim Cooper, a 30-year law enforcement veteran and strong advocate of public safety and victims’ rights in the Legislature announced his candidacy for Sacramento County Sheriff.
Cooper is a former Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Captain who commanded several Divisions including the Main Jail, Work Release, Courthouse, High Tech Crimes (Against Children), Training and Reserves and Narcotic and Gangs.
Cooper has earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star for Bravery for actions during the 1991 “Good Guys” hostage crisis. He also spent four years working as the Department’s spokesperson and nearly a decade working as an undercover narcotics officer and gang detective.
During his eight years in the Assembly, Cooper authored more than 30 public safety bills; including legislation aimed towards cracking down on sexually violent predators, felony murderers, ghost guns, and school gun violence. Additionally, Cooper authored legislation to enhance DNA collection, improve Emergency Medical Response services, expand community policing, and increase access to rape kits.
Cooper was named Legislator of the Year by the California District Attorneys Association, the California Police Chiefs Association, and the California Narcotics Officers Association. He is also the recipient of Crime Victims United’s “Victims Defender Award.”