Police Department


Records Division

The Records Division of the Tupelo Police Department is responsible for keeping track of accident and incident reports. Copies of reports may be requested at a charge of $3 per report. Accident reports can be released to any party involved in the accident or an insurance agent of one of the parties involved.

This division requests that attorneys have a signed release form from one of the involved parties before that report is released to them. Incident reports are released to the complainant or victim or an authorized agent of either party, also with a $3 fee. The division will not release the report to any person listed as the offender or suspect. A judge must issue a subpoena before the offender’s report is released.

The Records Division also provides local background checks to the public. There is a $2 fee for this service and it only covers the City of Tupelo. It will not be a county, state or federal check, only the city. A photo id is required. The division will only check the background of the person standing in front of us. This division will not run a background check of anyone's boyfriend or girlfriend.

The background checks are used for job applications, apartment applications, visa applications for foreign travel and adoptions. The division requests that the top part of the form be filled out and one of records personnel will check the appropriate box and then sign and date the form.

Parade and Demonstration permits are also handled through the Records Division. Permits must be applied for at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Criminal Investigation Division

The Criminal Investigation Division is located at 324 Court Street. The telephone number is 841-6546. The 24-hour telephone number is 841-6491

North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center

The North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center (NMLETC), located in east Tupelo, opened its doors in 1991. NMLETC serves as one of Mississippi’s six state certified police academies, graduating thirty to fifty new police officers each year.

The basic class consists of ten intensive weeks of both mental and physical challenges that cadets have to successfully complete to become a state certified police officer. These challenges consist of the basic areas of law enforcement such as physical fitness, firearms, driving, defensive tactics, state statutes and constitutional law.

Police cadets stay at the training center during the week, and go home on the weekend. The cadets are not only from the Tupelo Police Department, but are drawn mostly from the law enforcement agencies in the northern region of the state.

NMLETC also serves as an in-service training facility for the Tupelo Police Department and various local, state, and federal agencies. Many agents and officers from Tupelo and surrounding agencies use the facility for firearms and other training during the year. Many advanced law enforcement schools, sponsored by entities, such as the National Rifle Association, Glock Inc., and other professional organizations, are held at the NMLETC every year. These schools serve to further develop skills necessary for career law enforcement officers. Not a week goes by that the facility is not utilized by some agency or professional organization for some type of training.

In years past the NMLETC along with the School Resource Division of the Tupelo Police Department has been proud to sponsor the Junior Police Academy. This academy consists of area youth taking part in a two-week program that gives the junior cadets a taste various areas of law enforcement and what a career in this particular field entails.

The North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center is proud to be an integral part of the Tupelo Police Department.

Reserve Division

In the spring of 1989 the Tupelo Police Department graduated its first Reserve Division class. The Tupelo Police Reserve Division was created to assist the department in all aspects of law enforcement.

From crowd control to patrol, the reserve division expands the resources available to the Department and the citizens of Tupelo . The Tupelo Police Reserve Division volunteers their time to protect and serve the City of Tupelo .

The men and women of the reserve division are employed outside of the department in all areas of the public and government sectors. The time spent “On Duty” with the police department is above and beyond their normal workday. It is with a spirit of true citizenship and love of community that they join the Tupelo Police Department in an effort to make Tupelo a city worthy of the title ” All America City “.

Special Operations Group

The Special Operations Group (SOG) is comprised of more physically fit officers designated to focus on Tupelo’s higher crime areas. The mission of Special Operations is the suppression of drug trafficking, youth gangs and other criminal activities.

Officers assigned to Special Operations perform their mission by developing intelligence regarding potential trouble spots and using as diverse tactics as bike patrols and discreet surveillance to suppress crime. Officers of Special Operations are mobile throughout the city of Tupelo providing a police presence wherever needed.

Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT)

The tactical unit is comprised of officers from different divisions of the Tupelo Police Department. The officers receive extensive training in special weapons and equipment, tactics and physical training. The team is required to be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and respond to situations, such as:

  • High – Risk search warrants
  • Barricaded suspects with hostages
  • High risk arrest warrants
  • Dignitary protection

To be considered for this assignment, an officer must have acceptable law enforcement experience, a satisfactory evaluation from his immediate supervisor, must pass a physical fitness battery which consists of a bench press, agility run, 1-1/2 run, pull-ups and a stress event. The officer must also demonstrate proficiency with their firearms. Afterward, an interview is conducted by team members.

Code Enforcement

Tupelo Police Code Enforcement Division is responsible for making sure the citizens of Tupelo do their part in keeping Tupelo beautiful and adhere to the ordinances set by the City Council. The Code Enforcement Officers patrol the city, Monday through Friday, 8 am until 5pm, looking for any code violations.

A citizen can file a complaint about a neighbor or any person that does not follow the ordinances by contacting the Code Enforcement Division at 841-6412. A complaint cannot be filed unless the caller leaves his or her name and call back number.

Code Enforcement does not give the offender the caller’s information but we need it to let the caller know a status of the offending property, and also the City Council says “There is no complaint without a complainant’s name and number.”

Please note any complaint on a parked recreational vehicle must be sent to the Planning Department at 841-6414. Code Enforcement does not deal with building codes or permits, those calls must also go through the Planning Department. At times, Code Enforcement helps the Planning Department with permit issues, such as making sure yard sales have proper permits.

Code enforcement is responsible for the following:

  • JUNK OR LITTER – any trash, litter, boxes, old appliances, building materials or any unsightly materials cannot be left out in the front yard.
  • JUNK VEHICLES – cars without current inspection stickers and tags are considered junk, whether they run or not. Cars that do not run (that have tarps over them) cannot be left in a front yard or on the street in front of a residence.
  • VEHICLES IN FRONT YARD – cars cannot be parked in the front yard, they must be in a designated parking area.
  • •COMMERCIAL VEHICLES – commercial vehicles are allowed two hours only per day to park in a residential area, and that is without a trailer.
  • OUTSIDE STORAGE – carports and porches cannot be used as a storage area. If these areas are going to be used as storage areas, they must be enclosed.
  • LOT MOWING – The City Council acts on properties that need to be mowed.
  • VISIBILITY – shrubs and hedges cannot obstruct visibility of the street.
  • LANDSCAPE – grass must be planted in yards, no dirt lots.
  • •GARBAGE CONTAINERS – The Council requests that all approved garbage containers be removed from the street as soon as possible after garbage collection. There can be no unapproved garbage containers set up permanently at the curbs.

Traffic Division

Traffic safety is one of the main concerns for the Tupelo Police Department. The daytime population increases to over 100,000 people going to and from work. Traffic issues are further compounded by several organizational and civic events held throughout the year, as well as special events.

The goals and objectives of the Tupelo Police Department’s Traffic Unit are to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions in the City. This is done by working through a three-prong approach to traffic problems throughout the City. These three areas involve education, accident investigation, and enforcement.

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi

The History - In the mid-1970’s, the city of Albuquerque, NM (330,000 residents) held the record for the nation’s highest number of crimes per capita. The public lacked confidence in the police department, and morale within the department was low. Officers felt helpless against a surge of crime that had spiraled since the mid-1960’s. Crimes went unsolved, because no one would provide information about offenders. Victims felt that reporting crime was futile.

In 1976, Officer Greg MacAleese decided to do something. MacAleese put aside the high tech approach to law enforcement and fell back on a very traditional police theory…. rewards motivate people to give information that solves crimes. MacAleese developed a program aimed primarily at people who felt no moral obligation to cooperate with police. To avoid allegations of police corruption, MacAleese arranged for program funds to be raised by private citizens through a non-profit organization. This is how Crime Stoppers was born.

By 1979 the program had grown to become Crime Stoppers International with programs in Canada, England, the Netherlands, and West Africa. To date, Crime Stoppers is active in more than thirty countries around the world. Utilizing the links among the community, media, and law enforcement, Crime Stoppers was born.

The program is a community based, non-profit registered corporation, managed by a civilian volunteer board of directors. It is a crime information collection operation, which enables anyone with information about the crime, and who wishes to remain anonymous, to pass that information on to law enforcement through a neutral organization.

The program works because of its unique partnership between the public, media and law enforcement, working together to resolve community problems through the apprehension of criminals and prevention of crime. It is an effective partnership because everyone shares an equal role in solving crime.

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi is composed of and services a nine-county area; Alcorn, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Union, Tishomingo and Tippah counties.

The board of directors currently has twenty-two members. The Executive Committee consists of the Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Past Chairman. The Tupelo Police Department serves as the host law enforcement agency and provides a law enforcement coordinator, as well as other resources.

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi. Inc.: Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi, Inc. had its humble beginnings with some of the planning being done in late 1992. On January 5, 1993, the Crime Stoppers' mailing address and telephone line were established. The first formal meeting was held on January 18, 1993, at the Mall at Barnes Crossing.

  • 2013 Officers:
    • Amy Wyatt: Chair – Lee County
    • David Alan Hodge:Vice Chair – Chickasaw County
    • Bob Baughn: Secretary – Lee County
    • Bill Allen: Treasurer – Lee County
    • Kadie Hall: Immediate Past Chair – Prentiss County
    • Law Enforcement Coordinator: Captain Allan Gilbert
    • Co- Coordinator: Ken Shackelford- Prentiss County
  • 2013 Board Members:
    • Dedra Walker – Alcorn County
    • Tuesde Johnson – Alcorn County
    • Sharon Terry- Alcorn County
    • Robert (Bob) Chesnut – Pontotoc County
    • Clay Foster – Pontotoc County
    • John Walden – Chickasaw County
    • Norman Griffin – Chickasaw County
    • David Alan Hodge – Chickasaw County
    • Bill Cooper – Union County
    • Jim A. Browning – Union County
    • (Vacant) – Union County
    • Garald Jetton – Itawamba County
    • Jimmy Parker – Itawamba County
    • Mary Hood – Itawamba County
    • Joanna Fowler – Tippah County
    • (Vacant) – Tippah County
    • (Vacant) – Tippah County
    • Eddie Richey – Lee County
    • Kenneth Wheeler – Lee County
    • Amy Wyatt – Lee County
    • Bill Allen- Lee County
    • Bob Baughn – Lee County
    • Charlie Greer – Lee County
    • Gail Childers – Prentiss County
    • Kadie Hall – Prentiss County
    • Barbara Shackelford – Prentiss County
    • Bill Harrington – Tishomingo County
    • Janet Fulton – Tishomingo County
    • Dian Crawford – Tishomingo County
  • Associate Board Members:
    • Andy Hughes
    • Kenneth Jackson
    • Pat Smith
    • Fred H. Page
    • Ronnie Clayton
    • James Gary Coleman
    • Deborah Coleman
    • Nicky Carter
    • Delia Carter
    • Lydia Paseur
    • Jo Ann Herrington

North Mississippi Narcotics Unit

The North Mississippi Narcotics Unit (NMNU) is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force charged with the responsibility of enforcing the criminal laws of the State of Mississippi regarding controlled substances.

The Tupelo Police Department is the host agency for the NMNU, and its assigned commander is responsible for the day-to-day operation.

NMNU consists of the cities of Tupelo, Booneville, Fulton, Pontotoc, Okolona, and Amory; and Lee, Prentiss, Monroe, Pontotoc, Itawamba, and Chickasaw counties.

NMNU concentrates its enforcement activities within the participating cities and counties.

Community Oriented Policing

C.O.P. (Community Oriented Policing) Services' goal is to maintain a partnership between the citizens of the community and the Tupelo Police Department. This is achieved by maintaining liaisons with the citizenry and the merchants and identifying and resolving community problems. We help with the Neighborhood Watch program, community meetings, speeches, National Night Out and other community activities.

Some of the services offered in the C.O.P. Division include:

  • Crime Prevention Programs
  • Explorers Program
  • Back on Track Program
  • Senior Citizen Workshops
  • Child Fingerprinting
  • Workplace Violence Workshops

Patrol Division

The Tupelo Police Department has divided the City into eight patrol zones. The shift supervisor has the authority to assign officers to specific zones.

The officers are assigned these zones for a minimum of twelve to eighteen months. The major benefit is that communities have officers dedicated to their zones 24 hours a day.

Partnerships are established because the public has its very own police officer assigned to their zone.

All officers are dedicated and committed to working with the community of that zone to identify, initiate a plan and resolve short and long-term problems that hinder peaceful living.

Information You Can Use

5 Most Wanted

Protect your family and your community by helping the Tupelo Police Department apprehend these individuals on the 5 Most Wanted List.

If you have any information related to any of these individuals,please call the Tupelo Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 662-841-6546 or after business hours, call the TPD’s 24-hour line at 662-841-6491.

You may also call Crimestoppers of Northeast Mississippi 1-800-773-TIPS (8477).

Click HERE to send an email.

Be a part of the solution to crime. Click on the link below to see the poster.

Cory Sappington - Credit Card Fraud

Larry Nash - Sexual Battery

Tyrone Bell - Burglary of Dwelling

Terrence Grant - Embezzlement Under Contract

Tyrone Rimmer - Burglary of Building Habitual; Directing a Youth to Commit a Felony