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 Johnny DuPree, Ph.D. and the City Council members for their support and dedication to this community.
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
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.
Chief Anthony Parker
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-545-4900.
Assistant Chief Frank Misenhelter
The 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 email@example.com, or call 601-545-4902.