James Areyretired from the New Orleans Police Department in 2009. He spent 20 years as Commander of their SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team. Retirement lasted one week. He is now a full time Staff Instructor at the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs' Office Academy and team member of their SWAT Crisis Response Team. Jim is a US Army Veteran having served in the Republic of Vietnam 1967-1968.
Jim is an adjunct professor at the Loyola University in New Orleans where he teaches Forensic Pathology and Crisis Intervention.