Below is a list of the Police Department Divisions.
Click on the Division Title for more information.
The responsibility of the Hattiesburg Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit, which is comprised of three sworn officers, Lieutenant Eric Proulx and Sgt. Shannon Weaver, is to investigate complaints against Hattiesburg Police Department employees relating to misconduct or violation of Civil Service or department policies, rules or procedures and imprudent performance of duty. Complaints may be derived internally or upon request from citizens.
Major of Direct Support Bureau
Major Billy Lane began his law enforcement career at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS where he worked for five years. For over twenty-plus years, he has been employed by the Hattiesburg Police Department. During his career, he has been assigned in the patrol and traffic divisions where he was one of four officers that began the department’s first DUI Unit, served on the tactical team and was selected as Officer of the Year. He has taken command roles as a Sergeant (Traffic), Lieutenant (Accreditation), and Captain (Patrol) and is a graduate of the 2nd session of Mississippi Command College.
In his current duty assignment, Major Lane oversees the management and operations of Support Services, the Hattiesburg Police Training Academy, Dispatch Center, Accreditation and Animal Control. He is also a team leader for the law enforcement component of a multicounty Multi-Hazard Regional Response Team.
Major Lane has been involved in the accreditation process as the department’s first Accreditation Manager in their initial accreditation in 1998. He has had an active role in the process since and has continually assisted other agencies in their efforts to become accredited. He has played a key role in the State of Mississippi’s efforts to establish an Alliance Program through the Commission on Accreditation for law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Billy has served as an assessor for CALEA since 2005 and has been an Assessment Team Leader since 2008.
Municipal Court is overseen by Mrs. Sharon Mark and this division is responsible for processing and adjudicating all misdemeanor arrests within the city. Records regarding these cases are housed to handle concerns from the public and a public computer is available to view misdemeanor convictions.
Additionally, the Court Division consists of two judges, two prosecutors and one public defender who are all appointed by the Mayor. The types of cases heard in this court include: police-initiated arrests, personal affidavits and traffic citations. Also, they handle first appearance and preliminary hearings for felony defendants.
For your convenience, a deputy court clerk is stationed at the front desk twenty-four hours a day, even on the holidays. Should there be any questions concerning a court case or traffic citation, please call 601-545-4933.
Deputy court clerks are available for walk-in services such as filing reports of incidents, filing affidavits, and request for security (light) checks at residences or businesses.
Teleservice is opened from 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM,. Monday thru Friday. If you have any questions please call 601-545-7900.
The substation is located at 104 Lamar Boulevard and is opened from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday thru Friday, and is closed on observed holidays. Services available at the substation are filing affidavits and picking up incident and accident reports. Deputy court clerks are available for walk-in services such as filing reports of incidents, filing affidavits, and request for security (light) checks at residences or businesses.
Major of Operations Bureau
Major Hardy Sims, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, began his law enforcement career in 1992 as a police officer with the Hattiesburg Police Department. Within the department, he served as a: patrolman, member of the Neighborhood Enhancement Team (N.E.T.), criminal investigator, D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. Instructor, Ropes Course Instructor, Public Information Officer and Community Relations Officer. His leadership is shown by the numerous, distinguished supervisory areas in which he has served: Sergeant (Patrol), Lieutenant (Community Relations), Captain (Patrol) and currently, Major (Operations Bureau).
Having attended various law enforcement schools, trainings and seminars, Major Sims, who is also a former Hostage Negotiator and the current Commander of the Special Tactics and Rescue (S.T.A.R.) Team, is most proud of his achievement in the completion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) National Academy.
Major Sims’ Operations Bureau, which includes: patrol, detectives, special operations, S.T.A.R. Team and the 12th Judicial District Narcotics Enforcement Team, represents the basic policing function of the Hattiesburg Police Department. The role of this bureau is to provide professional law enforcement services to our community.
Consisting of two captains, four lieutenants, four sergeants and at least seven officers per shift, the backbone of the department is the Uniform Patrol Division. Each day, these men and women, who make up the largest component of the Hattiesburg Police Department, are placed in the direct path of crime and calls for service.
How to Commend an Officer
Everyone appreciates a pat on the back or recognition for a job well done. Officers of the Hattiesburg Police Department certainly do! When you receive police service that you feel is commendable, we would like to know. You may deliver your comments in person, by letter or by telephone to the Chief of Police or Captains of Patrol. Please include as much information as possible including the employee's name, date and time of the incident, and the circumstances involved. The officer and his/her supervisor will be notified, and a copy of the commendation will be provided to the employee and placed in his/her personnel file.
Patrol Division's Administrative Assistant