Police Department

Hattiesburg PD Message from the Chief

On behalf of the men and women of the Hattiesburg Police Department, welcome to our website! As Chief of Police, I invite you to browse through our website and familiarize yourself with the sectors and services of our department. Our website is just one way of demonstrating the sense of commitment and professionalism that the members of this department tirelessly work to achieve every day.

 

We proudly serve the citizens of the City of Hattiesburg day in and day out in a respectful manner to better serve and protect everyone in our city. With the support of the police officers and the civilian staff, I look forward to providing the best police service possible to the City’s residents

 

In closing, I would like to thank Mayor Toby Barker and the City Council members for their support and dedication to this community.

 

Sincerely,

Anthony Parker

Chief of Police

History and Mission Statement of the Hattiesburg Police Department

Established in 1903, the Hattiesburg Police Department stands today as an organization of integrity and professionalism, committed to excellence in its efforts to better the lives of the citizens 0123hat_HPD01
its officers have been sworn to protect and serve.

The mission of the Hattiesburg Police Department is to continually strive to serve the public in the most effective, efficient, and professional manner possible and to work cooperatively with the public to provide for a safe environment for all of our citizens.

Known as an agency of “Pride and Progress,” the Hattiesburg Police Department owns a solid record of achievement, making large strides in areas such as crime reduction, technological advancement and national recognition.

In 1998, the Commission of Accredited Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) awarded the Hattiesburg Police Department national accreditation, making the Department the first law enforcement agency in the State of Mississippi to earn this prestigious status.

The Hattiesburg Police Department is currently led by Chief of Police Anthony Parker.  The Chief works to guide the Department in its service to a 55 square mile area. In 2005, a new Substation was opened in west Hattiesburg to better serve residents and businesses of this newly annexed region.

The Department consists of the Office of the Chief of Police, the Assistant Chief, Operations, Direct Support, and Administrative Bureaus, and is authorized a staff of 138 sworn and 108 non-sworn personnel.

 

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Anthony Lloyd Parker was born in Montgomery, Alabama.  He graduated from Robert E. Lee High school in Montgomery, Alabama and in 1974 entered the University of Southern Mississippi as a scholar and a football player.  Immediately following graduation in 1979, Parker headed to Regina, Saskatchewan in Canada to play one year of professional football with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, before suffering a career ending injury.

Parker was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame for football in April of 1992. He serves as a member of the University of Southern Mississippi M-Club Board of Directors. Anthony is a member of Seven Springs United Methodist Church in Raymond, Mississippi.

Parker became a Mississippi State Trooper in December of 1982. Anthony Parker retired from the Mississippi Highway Patrol in June of 2009, as a Master Sergeant serving in the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Division (MBI).  While working in MBI he was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Task Force Officer for four years.  Parker was a founding member of the Mississippi Black Troopers Coalition and the National Black Troopers Coalition.

After retiring from the Mississippi Highway Patrol in 2009, Parker started working as a patrolman with the Crystal Springs Police Department.  He served as a Sergeant and Lieutenant at the Crystal Springs Police Department before being appointed Chief of Police for the Crystal Springs Police Department in October, 2013.  Chief Parker has thirty-three (33) years of combined law enforcement experience with State and Local Government.

Chief Parker and his wife, Bettie, have been married for thirty-five (35) years and have two (2) children Christopher and Stefanie.

To contact the Chief Parker, you may send an email to alparker@hattiesburgms.com or call 601-545-4900.

 

Assistant Chief Frank Misenhelter

 

asstchiefpoliceThe Assistant Chief of Police is second in command and reports directly to the Chief of Police.

Frank Misenhelter, a 1993 graduate of the Hattiesburg Police Training Academy, was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police in 2003. During his tenure at the Hattiesburg Police Department he has served as the SWAT Team Commander, Operations Bureau Commander, Patrol Commander, NET Team Commander, and the STAR Team Commander.

In addition to his position as Assistant Chief of Police, Misenhelter also serves as a Ropes Course Instructor, a Rappel Instructor, and as a Certified Gang Expert in local courts. He has instructed on the subject of gangs at a variety of institutions, including the University of Southern MS, the MS Police Corps, the Hattiesburg Police Training Academy, and numerous law enforcement agencies across the state. Also, he serves on the Board of the Emergency Management District for the City of Hattiesburg and Forrest County as Secretary/Treasurer.

In 2005, Misenhelter became a member of the first graduating class from the first annual Mississippi Law Enforcement Command College sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Association of the Chiefs of Police (MACP). In 2009, Chief Misenhelter graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy 237th Session in Quantico, VA.

To contact the Assistant Chief of Police, you may send an email fmisenhelter@hattiesburgms.com, or call 601-545-4902.


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Accreditation

Accreditation

In March 1998, the Hattiesburg Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in the state of Mississippi to become nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
Administration Division

Administration Division

The Administrative Division is responsible for handling the day-to-day operations of the police department. This division consist of the Chief of Police, the Assistant Chief, Operations Bureau, Direct Support Bureau and the Administrative Bureau.
Animal Control Division

Animal Control Division

The Animal Control Division is responsible for the enforcement of State laws and local ordinances pertaining to animals and serves as a contact point for the public with regard to animal problems and issues.
Budget/Purchasing

Budget/Purchasing

The office of budget and purchasing provides fiscal management for the Hattiesburg Police Department. This division is responsible for the purchase of all departmental equipment and supplies. Phone: Office 601-545-4506 Fax 601-544-0468
Communications

Communications

The Communications Center is responsible for handling approximately 140,000 requests for service, annually, from the public. Known as "dispatchers," telecommunicators advise officers when and where to respond to calls and provide information and support services as requested through such means as radio, telephone and computer.
Community Relations

Community Relations

The Community Relations Division serves as a liaison between the Hattiesburg Police Department and the citizens of Hattiesburg with the intent of identifying and addressing current issues and/or potential issues within the community. Some of the programs include: DARE, GREAT, and HPAL.
Crime Analysis

Crime Analysis

The Crime Analyst serves an important function of the department, tracking patterns and trends in criminal activity in our jurisdiction in order to provide the best and most efficient police responses.
Crime Scene Investigation Unit (C.S.I.)

Crime Scene Investigation Unit (C.S.I.)

The Hattiesburg Police Department has two Crime Scene Investigators who are on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Crime Scene Unit provides support to the Hattiesburg Police Department and other surrounding agencies with services in the form of crime scene processing, fingerprint identification, and forensic imaging. The goals and objectives of the Hattiesburg Police Department Crime Scene Unit are the collection, preservation, packaging, transporting, and documentation of physical evidence left at the crime scene.
Criminal Investigation Division

Criminal Investigation Division

The Criminal Investigation Division is charged with pursuing leads with the overall objective of finding and arresting people responsible for committing crimes. These investigators handle crimes ranging from homicides to burglaries.
Domestic Violence Unit

Domestic Violence Unit

Domestic violence has become a prevalent problem in today’s society. Not only is it considered a “relationship problem”, but in actuality, domestic violence is a crime.
Evidence

Evidence

Whenever a crime occurs, it is very essential to preserve as much evidence as possible! The HPD Evidence Room is where all evidence that is collected by officers is stored until its final disposition. Furthermore, the evidence locker is maintained by an evidence technician. Phone: Office (601) 545 4932            
Fleet and Building Maintenance

Fleet and Building Maintenance

The Fleet section of maintenance is responsible for the daily maintenance of all vehicles maintained by the Hattiesburg Police Department. These vehicles include marked police cars, motorcycles, the HPD Mobile Command Post, and an assortment of unmarked vehicles used by department employees.
Homeland Security

Homeland Security

Contracted by the City of Hattiesburg, the coordinator for the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security (MOHS) Task Force III (TF III) is housed inside of the Hattiesburg Police Department.
Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs

The responsibility of the Hattiesburg Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit, 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.
Patrol Division

Patrol Division

Consisting of four captains, four lieutenants, four sergeants and at least seven officers per shift, the Uniform Patrol Division is the backbone of the department.
Public Information Office

Public Information Office

In order to allow HPD to help keep the citizens of Hattiesburg and visitors knowledgeable of crime and activities associated with the police department, the public information officers are responsible for sustaining a close relationship with media outlets, including its local agencies: The Hattiesburg American, WDAM and WHLT. Additional duties include writing media releases, representing the department at public events and helping to coordinate ceremonies and other special functions. Phone: Office (601) 545 4936
Special Operations Division

Special Operations Division

The HPD Traffic Division, which is also known as the “Motor Unit” consists of officers who are responsible for the orderly flow of traffic throughout the city limits by monitoring motor vehicle drivers.
Technical Services

Technical Services

The Accounting Division recently began using the Kronos time keeping system. The staff that oversees this department, along with the new system is an integral part for the Hattiesburg Police Department payroll.
Training Academy

Training Academy

The Hattiesburg Police Department Training Academy was founded in 1978 under the direction of Chief Keith Oubre. The Training Academy was held at Lakeview Range and was moved to the Bobby Chain Airport Complex in 1985.


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