Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James B. Watts

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, March 15, 1975

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Reflections for Police Officer James B. Watts

RIP Officer Watts. Always in our hearts. Trying to reach out to his wife Susan Watts if anyone can convey the message.
Susan Tsolis Rosen

Susan Tsolis Rosen

October 12, 2022

Rest in peace Officer Watts.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 13, 2021

God Bless you, keep you and embrace your family and friends. You're thought of and remembered often.

Donald J Chmielewski
Detroit Police Crime Lab

August 4, 2021

God Bless Jimmy Watts, console his family and friends and let us remember him with prayers and sacrifice when he returns to our memory year after year.

Doug Tally, Police Officed
Detroit Police Narcotics

September 22, 2019

Remembering you during this Police Officers Memorial Week & always!!


May 15, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 15, 2012

I also went to Jackson Jr. High with Jim and worked with him at the Fifth Precinct.

Died way to young. Rest in peace my friend.

Mike Woodhouse
Friend from school and co-worker

February 26, 2012

I grew up across from Jackson Jr. High on Phillip from Jim when he lived on Marlborough. We went to school together and I also worked with him, he as an Officer and myslf as a Police Reserve Officer from 1970 to 1980.

He was a good man and died to young. We will be having a 45th high school reunion soon and Jim's name will be read as a tribute to those who have passed before us.

May God watch over him and all the brave officers in Detroit and around the world.

John Bingham, Jr.
Friend from old neighborhood

May 14, 2011

I am so proud & grateful for your dedication & service as an officer..And though we never had the chance to meet I am thankful, feel safe knowing that you are watching over me always! Send my love to you!!


May 9, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 15, 2010



March 16, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 13, 2007

Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice.


July 21, 2006

Thank you Offc.Watts.

March 15, 2006

Jimmy was a friend of mine from elementry school we both went in U.S. Army together. He joined the police department after the service. I remember what a good cop he was against drugs. A no nonsence type guy he wanted to clean the streets of all the dope houses and gave his life doing it..god bless you Jimmy I know your in a better place now...until we meet again your buddy Scott Montgomery

Scott Montgomery

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