James Mooney and His Work in Law Enforcement
James Mooney is a trained Peace Officer for the state of Utah. He worked with the state of Utah Drug Task Force (Central Utah Narcotics Task Force), Washington County Division, Hurricane Police Department for 7 years.
James Mooney and LEAP
Officer James “Flaming Eagle” Mooney (Fmr.) Utah Department of Corrections, Spanish Fork, UT
James Mooney spent more than a decade in law enforcement in Utah and the State Department of Corrections, during which he established a reputation as one of the most successful undercover police officers in Utah. In 1993, he was given the Citizen’s Award of Commendation from the State of Utah, signed by Governor Mike Leavitt.
Mooney is a well-respected expert and leader in health, substance abuse, and corrections. A Seminole Indian, he was dedicated at age four to do the Creator’s work as a Medicine Man. Many of the American Indian ceremonies he facilitates deal with substance, physical, emotional abuse, and other unresolved debilitating issues that block healing and empowerment behaviors. Mooney was also the director of the Last Shot Program for the Central Utah Correctional Facility, which lowered recidivism to below 30% over a period of 18 months. He was awarded the Medal of Merit from Governor Leavitt for his achievements in deterring inmates from returning to crime and eventually prison.
As co-founder of the Oklevueha Native American Church (O.N.A.C.), Mooney has several roles through which he attempts to correct some of the damage the War on Drugs has put on American families. In addition to his role as a healer, he serves as the director of the recidivism reduction clergy program of O.N.A.C. In his opinion, the War on Drugs is presently the largest contributing factor to the disruption of the American family unit. O.N.A.C. is dedicated in healing families of the destruction caused by the drug war.
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