The mission of the Tupelo Police Department patrol division is to suppress crime and work toward the protection, growth and development of our communities. We are committed to the principles of Community Oriented Policing.
A Major, who reports directly to the Deputy Chief, commands the Patrol Division. The Division is composed of uniformed patrol, Traffic, Special Operations, K9, SWAT, and Reserve units. Each unit has its own specific area of operations and responsibilities.
Shift Assignment and Rotation
Patrol officers are assigned to one of the four shifts: Adam, Baker, Charlie or Edward. Shift rotation is based on a twelve-hour workday and a five-day/two day work rotation. For example, after completing a three-day tour of duty, officers assigned to the shift are given two consecutive days off, the officer’s work the next two days and then are given three consecutive days off. Shifts are rotated every twenty-eight days form days to nights and nights to days. For example: Adam shift will work twenty eight days on dayshift from 6am-6pm then rotate to twenty eight days on night shift from 6pm-6am.
The Tupelo Police Department has divided the City into 10 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 due to the public having 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.
Home Watch Program
The Tupelo Police Department offers residents of Tupelo a Home watch program. Residents may contact the Police Department prior to a vacation or business trip and request that an officer make periodic checks of their home while they are away. To do this, a resident must call the Tupelo Police Department and give them your name, address, vacation dates, vehicle descriptions, and tag numbers. Lights that will left on and security devices used for protection need to be included. Random patrols will be conducted on your vacation dates.
How to report a Crime
When you observe suspicious or illegal activity or suspect the occurrence of such while in the City of Tupelo, you should report it to the police by dialing 911. Never assume that that someone else has reported an incident.
When you make a report the police officer or dispatcher will ask your name, address and telephone number for informational purposes. However, YOU MAY REMAIN ANONYMOUS, and the information you give will remain confidential.
When reporting emergencies to the police, it is important that you provide names, physical descriptions, facial features, types of clothing, and estimated ages of the people involved. If a vehicle is involved, physical descriptions, colors, model, year, and license plates are very helpful. If a burglary or theft occurred provide information concerning property being taken, including property value and serial numbers.
Non-emergency # (662) 841-6491