Captain James Schneider was born in Maryville, Missouri and currently resides in southwest St. Louis County with his wife and their two sons.
He began his career in the Affton Precinct in January 1995 as a patrolman. He served in the Tactical Operations Unit from January 1998 until his promotion to Sergeant in August 2000. As a Sergeant he served in the North County and Affton Precincts until his transfer to the Bureau of Drug Enforcement in July 2001. He was promoted to Captain in March 2012 and has served in the Affton Southwest Precinct, then in the North County Precinct, and in 2007 was moved back to Affton Southwest. He was the commander of the Intelligence Unit beginning in 2011, prior to being given his current command in the South County Precinct in March 2012.
Captain Schneider is Chairman of the Department's Neighborhood Policing Committee. He is responsible for the coordination of the Neighborhood Policing Committee and its role in community relations/crime prevention functions and affirms the commitment of the St. Louis County Police Department to promote close ties with and respond to the needs of the community. He is also a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, Missouri Narcotics Officers Association, and former member of the Mid-West Gang Investigators Association.
Captain Schneider holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University and has received over 27 awards and letters of appreciation, including three Chief's Commendations.