The Tupelo Police Department’s Junior Police Academy is a two week, in house program designed for youths age 14017, interested in exploring careers in law enforcement or other related public service fields. Cadets are selected through an application process, including a thorough background review and board interview. The academy is held at the North Mississippi Law enforcement Training Center located in Tupelo, MS. Cadets will experience a simulation of an actual law enforcement academy with a emphasis on team building skills. Participants will be housed in the NMLETC barracks during the week and will return home during the weekend. The 2012 Junior Plolice Academy will begin on June 17 and graduate June 29, 2012.
TUPELO – Four men have been charged in a ring of commercial burglaries that happened Friday morning.
Clifton L. Mitchell, 53, Ricky Mitchell, 28, and Clinton Cullin, 26, of Cleveland, Tenn., and Anthony Cordell, 23, of Virginia, were arrested Friday.
Several Corinth businesses were burglarized similarly Thursday morning, and Tupelo police worked with Corinth police to identify suspects and vehicle descriptions.
A vehicle matching one of the suspect’s vehicles was found at a Tupelo hotel Friday.
Officers allegedly found several thousand dollars in cash as well as tools that could have been used in the burglaries.
TUPELO – Bicyclists caught riding in Tupelo without protective head gear won’t get ticketed this spring; they’ll get free helmets instead.
Police officers will provide bicycle helmets to 100 riders thanks to a donation this month from the Healthy Tupelo Task Force and the John Paul Frerer Memorial Endowment.
“Instead of giving them a ticket, we’re trying to do something positive,” said Healthy Tupelo Task Force spokesman Hank Boerner. “We’re trying to make it more of an awareness and a reward type thing.”
According to the city code, it’s illegal for cyclists to ride on public roads without a helmet. Doing so could result in up to $1,000 in fines and up to 90 days in jail. But instead of punishing riders for exposing themselves to danger, the helmet initiative gives officers a chance to educate and protect.
Each helmet meets current safety codes and comes with a brochure about why it’s important to practice safe cycling.
Officers already have given out several of them since the program launched, said Capt. Rusty Haynes.
“It’s such a good cause,” Haynes said. “Officers carry three or four of them in the trunk and give them out whenever they see someone riding without it.”
Helmets come in both child and adult sizes and are available on a first come, first served basis until they’re gone.
“Helmets are really important to our endowment,” said Danielle Frerer, sister of John Paul Frerer, for whom the endowment is named. “We’re glad to help make our roads and bicyclists safer, on the other hand it touches the place of our loss. We don’t want anyone to experience the same loss we’ve dealt with.”
John Paul Frerer was a rising Tupelo High School senior in August 2009 when he was fatally struck by a vehicle while cycling on Highway 6. Since then, his family and friends established an endowment to promote bicycle safety and awareness.
The group has pushed passage of local and state bicycle safety laws, organized an annual Bike Safety Week and created a scholarship fund for college-bound seniors from Tupelo High School and from St. James Catholic Church.
TUPELO – Two K-9 officers from the Tupelo Police Department, along with their K-9 counterparts, placed in competitions while training at Parchman last week.
K-9 handler Walter Wilkerson and his partner, Pelé, took second place in the Narcotics location competition out of a field of 31 competitors.
Wilkerson and Pelé were tasked with going into a room and recovering as many drugs in three minutes as Pelé could mark.
Zach Anderson placed third in the firearms competition where he shot from seven yards to 50 yards with a handgun.
Anderson’s partner is Bo.
The training at Parchman was part of the handlers’ 16-hours of K-9 training federally required each month. If the officers do not meet the 16-hour requirement, they cannot work with their dog.
“Anytime you can be alone with your dog is great,” Anderson said. “That way when I’m in the street, I know what I’m looking for.”
The training included obedience, tracking and apprehension with a focus on narcotics.
The K-9s were used to track the shooter in the Barley Court shooting last year, track the suspect in last year’s Walgreens armed robbery and find evidence in a recent bank robbery.
“I can’t tell you how many pistols we’ve pulled out of the woods,” Anderson said. “If they don’t get a suspect, they get evidence.”
The training is just part of what it takes to work with K-9s.
“We spend a considerable amount of time on our off days with these animals,” Wilkerson said. “It’s a never ending project, something that always needs to be fine tuned.”
Wilkerson said the dogs become an integral part of each handler’s life.
“They become more than family,” he said. “They are with you at work and they come home with you and they train with you.”
Anderson, a part-time youth minister added, “I talk to Bo all the time. He’s heard me preach a few sermons in the car.”
The time invested in the animals pays off in the end.
“He’s my buddy and when you have to use him, he’s nice to have around,” Anderson said. “Last year we had to deploy him a few times where he had my back and one time I credit him for saving me. He got between me and a pistol.”
Each officer has been working with his dog for three years. Wilkerson has been handling K-9s for six years and retired his previous dog.
The Tupelo Police Department has four K-9s.
LEE COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) – Police in Tupelo have arrested four men they believe are behind a rash of break-ins at businesses in several states. Investigators say last weekend they hit 13 businesses in DeSoto County.
Mississippi cops knew they were dealing with professionals. Now that they’ve been caught, the actual scale of what they’re dealing with is surprising, even to police.
“This going to be one for the record books as far as state of Mississippi,” says Lt. Mark Little with the Southaven Police Department.
“This is big folks. This is real big,” says Detective Sgt. Dee Dee Smith, with the Corinth Police Department.
The men cops say are responsible are Clifton Mitchell, the accused ring leader, his son Richard, Clinton Currin and Anthony Cordell.
“These folks have been pretty busy,” says Smith.
The four have been burglarizing businesses across the South.
“We’re sitting here trying to tally it up,” says Little. “We know for sure now we have three different states involved and over 20 burglaries have been solved with this capture.”
But cops believe there are many more than that.
“They’ve been doing this for probably a pretty good while,” says Sgt. Jerry Davis with the Tupelo Police Department. “We’re still trying to develop where all they’ve done it.”
“Talking to some of our victims, they have similar business in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and some of those have been hit in the same fashion,” adds Little.
“We’re probably going to hear from a lot more people,” agrees Davis.
They’ve already heard from “Horn Lake, Southaven and in Smyrna, Tennessee and in Murfreesboro and some places in Alabama were hit too,” says Smith.
“You play, you pay,” said Clifton Mitchell as he walked out of court.
“They were good,” said Smith. “They were real good. They just weren’t good enough.”
The men have been charged in Tupelo. Clifton Mitchell’s bond was set at $50,000. The others were set at $25,000.
Even if they post bail they won’t go free. They’ll be extradited to each of the cities where they’re suspected of burglaries.
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On 03-08-12 the Tupelo Police Department arrested Cornelius M Long of Verona for Burglary of a Dwelling. Witnesses observed the burglary in progress and passed on suspect and vehicle information to 911. The Tupelo Police Department Patrol Division then located and stopped the vehicle. Long was taken into custody at that time. Two other suspects fled on foot. Some of the stolen merchandise has been recovered. The investigation is ongoing and warrants should be issued for both soon. The three are suspected in 3 burglaries that occurred on the 8th.
Bond was set at $60,000
Cornelius M Long 20 years old
Address is Arizona St in Verona
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A stand off with police ended around 10:00pm with no injuries. Police were called to a house on Highland Street at around 5:30 this afternoon. Police were notified of a possible domestic situation by a third party. When officers arrived they could hear movement in the residence but could not get anyone to the door. Hostage negotiators talked with the suspect, James Brown, and talked him out of the home. Brown is charged with Felon in possession of a weapon.