Jackson Police Department (Mississippi)
|Jackson Police Department|
Jackson Police Patch
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||State of Mississippi, United States|
|Map of Jackson Police Department's Jurisdiction.|
|Size||122 sq mi (320 km2)|
|Legal jurisdiction||Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.|
|Governing body||Jackson, Mississippi|
|Headquarters||327 East Pascagoula Street
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Agency executive||Lee Vance,
Chief of Police
|Jackson Police website|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Jackson Police Department provides law enforcement services to approximately 185,000 citizens encompassing 122 square miles (320 km2) of Jackson, Mississippi. JPD is composed of approximately 430 sworn officers who are supported by over 250 civilian personnel.
The Jackson Police Department was established in 1822.
An ordinance dated January 1864 set a policeman's wages at $40.00 per month, with the exception of the city marshal, who received half the fee paid by each person put in jail. Off-duty police officers took the ferry below LeFleur's Bluff across the Pearl River into what is now Rankin County to bring back firewood to sell.
Eventually, pay was raised to $60.00 per month for men working twelve-hour shifts, seven days a week. There were no holidays, vacation days or days off.
1873 marked the appearance of the first uniformed police officers with caps, badges, and batons. 1878 marked the turning point of specialized police services, when the first police detective was appointed. In 1901, "patrol" became a rank, and men were hired for that position. In 1909, "desk sergeants" were appointed, along with mounted police, and detectives wore plain clothes for the first time. In 1917, greatly expanded specialized bureaus and divisions were formed. Early police communications were strictly one-way. The transmitter and radio operator were located at City Hall with the call letters WAMK. Officers had to depend on "call boxes" located on light poles in the downtown area to reply. It was 1952 when the department occupied a modern headquarters building at 327 East Pascagoula Street. This allowed the Jackson Police Department to operate both a municipal court and jail from one location.
The Police Training Academy was constructed in 1965 to consolidate instruction and training of personnel. The pistol range, included as a part of the training academy, was built on East McDowell Road. In 1972, the first female officer was sworn in. In 1978, the city's growth prompted the police department to move to the precinct system.
There are now four precincts. In 1979, officers were provided with individual walkie-talkies which gave them an emergency distress button. In 1983, the size of the department grew to over 400 sworn police officers. In 2005, Shirlene Anderson was sworn in as the first female Chief of police.
- Officer Down Memorial Page, retrieved 7 September 2012
|Cliff Hines||14 January 1893||Gunshot|
|Walker Guice||14 January 1893||Gunshot|
|James Redmond||1 February 1902||Gunshot|
|Wilburn Burleson||10 March 1961||Motorcycle accident|
|Charles Ray Buckley||14 March 1965||Gunshot|
|William Louis Skinner||19 August 1971||Gunshot|
|Floyd Seaton||23 May 1979||Automobile accident|
|William Hickman||13 April 1981||Gunshot|
|Bobby Joe Biggert||24 February 1989||Gunshot|
|Rickey Joe Simmons||4 February 1992||Gunshot|
|Nathan Williams||31 January 1993||Gunshot|
|John Reid Sandifer||18 September 1994||Motorcycle accident|
|Robert J Washington, Senior||15 November 1995||Gunshot|
|Brian Ronald Kinsey||22 October 1997||Gunshot|
|Thomas Drumane Catchings||17 March 2005||Gunshot|
|Glenn Victor Agee||6 August 2010||Gunshot|
|Eric Tyrone Smith||4 April 2013||Gunshot|
|Bruce Jacob||20 July 2013||Motor Vehicle Collision|