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HPD Ball 2010

               Men and Women in Blue Walk the Red Carpet at Policeman’s Ball 2010

 

 

For Immediate Release

Hattiesburg, MS ∙ February 22, 2010

The ladies and gentlemen of the Hattiesburg Police Department walked the red carpet wearing their tuxedos, suits and stunning formal gowns for one of the most exciting dates listed on their 2010 departmental calendar- the annual policeman’s ball.

This prominent event, chaired by HPD’s Office Manager Tammy Leggett, was held at the Hattiesburg Convention Center on Saturday, February 13, 2010. With a decrease in crime over the past few weeks, this event allowed the hardworking officers and civilians, along with their spouses and friends, the chance to relax and let down their hair while enjoying musical entertainment from Mr. Charles Carter, an exceptional Hattiesburg musician. With over 200 attendees, the night included a dinner, a silent auction and of course, DANCING. 

“What a blast…it was a dazzling night and knowing that we have had a reduction in crime made this night even better. My hat goes off to Tammy and the ball committee for organizing such a beautiful event and I appreciate everyone who came out and made this night so special,” commented Chief Frazier Bolton.

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DUI Awards

Four Hattiesburg Police Officers Honored for DUI Enforcement

     

For Immediate Release

Hattiesburg, MS ∙ May 17, 2010

Chief Frazier Bolton and members of the Hattiesburg Police Department are extending a round of applause to four of their very own who were honored by state officials for their enforcement of driving under the influence.      

On Friday, May 14, 2010, HPD Officers Roderick Allen, Jennifer Bass, Kevin Cline and Jason Pitts were recognized by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety at its annual state-wide awards luncheon which recognizes the efforts of individual law enforcement officers in the enforcement of the state’s crackdown on drunken drivers.    

Officer Allen, one of the two current DUI Enforcement Officers with HPD, was recognized for his 101 DUI arrests made during the 2009 calendar year and was inducted into the DUI 100 Club, while Officer Bass, a former DUI officer who currently serves as a detective, received Honorable Mention for her efforts in accumulating sixty arrests of drunken drivers.  Meanwhile, Officer Cline, also a former DUI officer, was credited for his 178 DUI arrests which, too, placed him in the DUI 100 Club.  Lastly, Officer Pitts, who served as a DUI officer, took home top honors as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) presented him with the Top DUI Police Officer Award for his astounding total of 324 DUI arrests made in 2009.  Pitts’ numbers landed him in the DUI 300 Club and his arrests were the second highest in the state.   

HPD Captain Ricky Myers, who accompanied the officers to the luncheon in Jackson, praised the officers’ hard work. “Many lives have been saved thanks to officers like Allen, Bass, Cline and Pitts.  Our goal is for people to know that as police officers, we are concerned about their safety, therefore we want them to not drive while under the influence; after all, it is the law and we are doing our job of enforcing what the laws say,” he said.   

Again, congratulations to Officers Allen, Bass, Cline and Pitts on a job well done!


Amnesty Month 2011

"Pay Up or Hush Up!"

 

Hattiesburg Municipal Court to Hold Amnesty Month  

 

For Immediate Release

Hattiesburg, MS ∙ January 22, 2011

 

For the second consecutive year, the City of Hattiesburg Municipal Court will be setting aside the entire month of February to hold its Amnesty Month, which is an initiative to help reduce the number of outstanding misdemeanor warrants.    

 

On Thursday, January 20, 2011, city officials, along with municipal court judges and members of the Hattiesburg Police Department, proclaimed February 2011 as Amnesty Month. With the slogan: “Pay Up or Hush Up!”, Amnesty is the second program run by the city’s municipal court and is intended to offer help to individuals who still owe fines to the city for misdemeanor offenses given prior to July 1, 2010.

 

From February 1, 2011 thru February 28, 2011, anyone with outstanding fines will be able to make payments in full at a discounted rate of 25 percent (.25%). The discount applies to the total amount of each case. When the window closes on February 28, 2011, individuals who have not paid will be responsible again for the full amount of their fines. Fines may be paid by cash, cashier’s check or money order.

 

"Amnesty is an attempt to clear out old misdemeanor warrants and offer people a reason to come in and take care of their responsibilities," said Hattiesburg Municipal Court Clerk Sharon Mark.

 

For more information about the amnesty program, interested parties may contact the Hattiesburg Municipal Court at 601-544-7900 or the Hattiesburg Police Department’s Public Information Office at 601-408-2206.

 

Mayor Johnny Dupree, Ph. D. announces Amnesty Month 2011


HPD Christmas in Palmers Crossing

The Season of Giving: Hattiesburg Police and Community Residents Aid Elderly Woman

 

For Immediate Release

Hattiesburg, MS ∙ December 23, 2010

 

On Tuesday, December 21, 2010, Lt. Dale Bounds and twenty fellow officers from the HPD Patrol and Special Operations division (NET and STRIKE) conducted a massive clean up in the yard of an elderly woman living in the Palmers Crossing Community. Rev. Nathan Jordan, a leader in the community, and Lt. Bounds spearheaded this service project which allowed the meaning of community policing and a season of giving to be exemplified.  

  




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