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. Community Relations is charged with the task of providing crime prevention education for individual citizens, public/private organizations, schools, businesses, and residential neighborhoods. It is believed that education, awareness, and preparation are key elements for the safety and security of our citizens. The Community Relations Division is also charged with conducting case-follow ups for residential, auto, and commercial burglaries.
The duties of Community Relations include, but are not limited to:
Crime Prevention Programs
- Self protection seminars
- General crime prevention seminars (residential burglary, commercial burglary, and auto burglary)
- Consumer fraud prevention
- Child safety (stranger danger, bicycle safety, 911 procedures, and etc.)
- Neighborhood watch
D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education
G.R.E.A.T. -Gang Resistance Education and Training
HPAL- Hattiesburg Police Athletic League
Police Athletic League
The Hattiesburg Police Athletic League (HPAL) is a youth crime prevention program that uses educational, athletic and recreational activities to encourage trust and understanding between police officers and youth. HPAL believes that early, positive interactions between young people and police will result in youth having better and more positive attitudes towards law enforcement. HPAL is designed to help youth to mature into good citizens.
Furthermore, HPAL brings youth under the supervision and positive influence of law enforcement, expands public awareness about the role of a police officer in the local community and reinforces responsible values and attitudes instilled in young people by their parents.
With reference to police and youth, studies have shown that if a young person respects a police officer on the ball field, gym or in a classroom, then that youth will likely come to respect the laws that police officers enforce. Such respect is beneficial to our youth, our police officers, our neighborhoods and our business community.
Office (601) 554-4996
Fax (601) 545-4926