Officer James Banta is the SecurityNerd home security and safety expert. With over 24 years as a police officer in Biloxi, Mississippi, Officer Banta has seen it all and is excited to offer his expert advice in order to help consumers better educate themselves on what it takes to keep themselves, their families and their homes safe. Named Officer of the Year several times during his time of service in the police force, Officer Banta worked as a detective in charge of a gang unit which was part of a larger federal task force. In addition to working as a police officer, Officer Banta was also a member of the United States Army, serving 1 tour in Bosnia, 1 in Afghanistan and 2 in Iraq. He earned a bronze star and retired from the army as a Master Sergeant.