The Gulfport Police Department provides traditional police services to the citizens of Gulfport, MS. The Gulf Coast Beaches, Casino Gaming, Fishing, Golf, The University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey College, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are just some of the area attractions. Sitting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Gulfport Police Department has 167 sworn personnel and 57 civilian staff to serve a residential population of 71,750 and a daily population of over 144,000.

We will be a resource to the community for the education, safety, and welfare of all people. We are committed to the prevention of crime and the preservation of peace. We will honor that pledge through respect for human dignity and a strong ethical code as custodians of law and order.

Perseverance, Integrity, and Honor – Protecting Gulfport since 1898


Command Staff

Chris Ryle

Chief of Police

Chief Chris Ryle is a 1989 graduate of St. John’s High School and is a lifelong resident of Gulfport, MS. Upon completion of high school, he joined the United States Navy where he served until 1993 receiving an Honorable Discharge.  On January 04, 1998, Chris was hired by the Gulfport Police Department and attended the Harrison County Law Enforcement Academy.  Upon completion of the academy, he was assigned to the Patrol Division.  In October 1999 Chris was assigned as a collateral duty to the Gulfport Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team as an entry team member.  In January 2001, Chris was assigned to the Pro-Active Unit until June of that same year where he returned to the Patrol Division as a Field Training Officer. In February 2003, Chris was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division as a Detective.  In December 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant and held that position until January 2011, when he was promoted to Detective Lieutenant as the Officer-in-Charge of the Forensic Unit.  In October 2011, Chris was transferred back to the Criminal Investigation’s Division as the Officer-in-Charge of District Two.  In August 2012, Detective Lieutenant Ryle attended the 128th Administrative Officers Course of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.  In January 2013, Chris was temporarily assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of the Professional Standards Unit until May 2013 where it became a permanent assignment.  In March 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and was the Officer-in-Charge of the newly formed Professional Standards Bureau which includes Internal Affairs, background investigations, training, accreditation, and policy.  In October 2016 he was appointed to the rank of Commander by Chief Leonard Papania. In January 2018 Chris was assigned Commander of the Operations Bureau.

Chief Chris Ryle holds an Associate’s of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master’s of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University. Chris is also an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and William Carey University.  Chris retired from the United States Coast Guard Reserves in 2019, holding the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In December 2018, Chris was appointed as Deputy Chief of Police by former Chief Leonard Papania. On September 1, 2020 Ryle was sworn in as the Chief of Police.

Craig Petersen

Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Craig Petersen is a 23-year veteran officer of the Gulfport Police Department. Deputy Chief Petersen began his career in 1997 as a patrol officer and transferred to the detective division in 2000. Deputy Chief Petersen was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2002 and was promoted to Detective Lieutenant in 2005. In 2007 Deputy Chief Petersen was appointed as the Officer-In-Charge of the Detective Division for the Second District. In 2011 Deputy Chief Petersen was promoted to the rank of Captain, where he was the Officer in Charge of the Investigative Services Division.

On January 1, 2018, Deputy Chief Petersen was appointed to the Command Staff  with the rank of Deputy Commander in the Support Services Bureau. On February 1, 2019, Deputy Chief Petersen was promoted to the rank of Commander of the Professional Standards Bureau, which is responsible for internal affairs investigations, background investigations, hiring, training, and agency accreditation. On September 1, 2020, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Police where he currently serves today.

Deputy Chief Petersen attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and transferred to  the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1992.  He earned a Master’s Degree from Delta State University in Social Justice and Criminology in 2009.

Deputy Chief Petersen is a 2011 graduate of the FBI National Academy (245th Session) in Quantico Virginia. In 2016 Deputy Chief Petersen was elected to the Executive Board of the FBI National Academy Associates, Mississippi Chapter. Deputy Chief Petersen served as the President of the Mississippi Chapter until February 2021. In February of 2021, Deputy Chief Petersen was selected to serve on the FBI National Academy Associates National Executive Board as the Section III Representative. Deputy Chief Petersen serves as an Ambassador for the FBI National Academy Associates Charitable Foundation and is actively serving in that capacity.

Deputy Chief Petersen has also been employed as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and William Carey University, where he has served as an instructor in Criminal Justice Courses.

Deputy Chief  Petersen has also been involved in his local community as a volunteer coach in youth sports including football, baseball, and basketball and served as the President of the Lyman Youth Association and Vice President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Youth Football League.

Adam Cooper

Commander of Operations Bureau

Commander Adam Cooper is a 1989 Graduate of Gulfport High School. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Forensic Science.  Adam Cooper was hired by the Gulfport Police Department in 1995 as a Community Service Technician and then hired as a full time patrol officer in 1996.  He then attended and graduated the Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997.  In 2000, he was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division with the rank of Detective.  In 2005, Adam Cooper was promoted to Detective Sergeant assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.  In 2010, he was promoted to Detective Lieutenant and Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division for the first District.  In 2011, Adam Cooper attended and graduated from the Southern Police Institute’s Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program at the University of Louisville.  In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and made the Officer in Charge of Special Enforcement Division of the Gulfport Police Department.  Adam Cooper has also had numerous other collateral duty assignments during his tenure at the Gulfport Police Department. In January 2018, Adam Cooper was appointed to Deputy Commander and assigned to the Operations Bureau. In December 2018, Adam Cooper was appointed as Commander of the Operations Bureau.

Heather Dailey

Commander of Support Bureau

Prior to becoming Commander of Support Services for the Gulfport Police Department, Commander Heather Dailey began her stellar career in law enforcement with the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department in February 1995 where she quickly promoted to Lieutenant. Continuing to make advancements in her career, she served as a drug enforcement agent with the Pearl River Basin Narcotics Task Force from 1996 to 1998 before commencing her employment with Gulfport Police Department.

Dailey’s career path began with Gulfport PD in 1998 as an undercover officer before moving to the Patrol Division where she subsequently was assigned to Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective in 2000. Dailey promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant in 2007 and later was assigned to the Professional Standards Unit to which she was promoted to Lieutenant as the Officer in Charge of the unit in 2010. Continuing to excel in her career, she was assigned to the Support Bureau as Officer in Charge of Administrative Services in October of 2013. As Dailey continued to achieve success, she promoted to the rank of Captain in 2019 and was appointed as Deputy Commander of the Support Bureau. In September of 2020, she was appointed Commander of Support Services.

Commander Heather Dailey’s career can be highlighted with her rise through ranks, her extensive expertise with investigations, human resources, recruiting, budget preparation, grant management, and community relations, and cap stoning her career by becoming the first female commander in the Gulfport Police Department.

She is a graduate of Collins High School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish and Counseling Psychology. Commander Dailey is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program at the University of Louisville.

Tommy Payne

Commander of Professional Standards Bureau

Deputy Commander Tommy Payne graduated from Biloxi High School in 1994. Payne began his career at the Gulfport Police Department in August of 2000 and graduated from the Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy in March of 2001. Payne served nearly fifteen years in the Patrol Division where he was promoted to Sergeant in 2007. He held collateral duties of Field Training Officer and Field

Training Officer Supervisor during his time in patrol. Payne was assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau as an Internal Affairs Detective Sergeant in 2015 where he served for four years. In February 2018, Detective Sergeant Payne attended the 139th Administrative Officers Course of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville where he was recognized as a Dean Scholar and elected to serve as a class officer serving as the Sergeant at Arms. In April of 2019, Payne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Support Bureau where he was the Officer in Charge of the Communication Division, Records and Police Clerks, and Warrants Division. He held collateral duties of Emergency Operations Coordinator for the City of Gulfport as well as PT instructor. In September 2020, Payne was appointed to the rank of Deputy Commander in the Support Bureau. In March 2021, Payne was appointed to the rank of Commander of the Professional Standards Bureau.

Darin Corrie

Deputy Commander of Support Bureau

Deputy Commander Darin Corrie is a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School. He attended Tougaloo College before serving on Active Duty in the U.S. Army. In April 1997, Darin Corrie was hired by the Gulfport Police Department. Darin Corrie then attended and graduated from the Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy in November 1997.  In 2000, Darin was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division with the Rank of Detective.  In 2004, Darin was reassigned to the Professional Standards Unit and, in January 2005, was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant.  In 2007 Darin was reassigned as the Officer in Charge of the Narcotics Unit. In June 2013, Darin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and reassigned to the Patrol Division.  In March 2018, Darin was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned as the Officer in Charge of Special Events, Traffic Division, Reserve Division, Marine Unit, and Honor Guard.  In December 2018, Darin was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commander and assigned to the Operations Bureau.  Deputy Commander Corrie has also served on the department’s tactical containment team, crisis negotiations team, and Honor Guard. In March 2021, Corrie was assigned as the Deputy Commander of Support

Deputy Commander Corrie has over 25 years of military service which includes active duty service, five deployments, and two presidential inaugurations. He has been awarded both the Bronze Star and the Mississippi Magnolia Medal.  Deputy Commander Corrie still serves in the Mississippi Army National Guard at Camp Shelby’s Provost Marshall’s Office.

Phillip Kincaid

Deputy Commander of Operations Bureau

Deputy Commander Phillip Kincaid is a 1982 graduate of Southern High School in Racine, Ohio. Upon completion of high school, he joined the United States Navy Seabees where he was stationed in Gulfport, MS. Phillip served in the Navy for 20 years with distinction before retiring honorably in 2002 as a Navy Chief Petty Officer. Phillip first joined the Gulfport Police Department in September 1999 as a reserve police officer. He served in this capacity until March 2002 when he was hired as a full time police officer in the Operations Bureau. In July 2003, he became a field training officer. In February 2007, he was promoted to Sergeant. That same year, Phillip was assigned as one of the departments Crisis Negotiator’s on the department’s SWAT Team. In December 2010, Phillip was promoted to Lieutenant where he created the Special Events Division before eventually assuming command of both the Reserve Program and Traffic Division. Phillip changed duty assignments in May 2015 where he assumed duties as 2nd in command of the Professional Standards Bureau and was responsible for overseeing training, policy and planning and, serving as the department’s Accreditation Manager. In late 2015, Phillip attended and graduated from the Southern Police Institute 134th Administrative Officers Course in Louisville, Kentucky and received the B. Edward Campbell Service Award. In January 2018, Phillip moved to the Support Bureau where he was appointed as the Officer-in-charge of Data Management and oversaw the day to day operations of both Dispatch and Records personnel. In December 2018, Phillip was promoted to the rank of Captain and reassigned to the Operations Bureau as the Officer-in-charge of the Special Events Division, Traffic Division and the departments Reserve Program. On January 1, 2020 Captain Kincaid was assigned as the Officer in Charge of Uniformed Services for the Gulfport Police Department. In March 2021, Kincaid was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commander and assigned to the Operations Bureau.

Aaron Fore

Captain of Investigative Services

Captain Aaron Fore was born and raised in Gulfport and is a 1997 graduate of Christian Collegiate Academy in Gulfport. Captain Fore began his career as a Gulfport Police Officer in 2000 and graduated the Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy in March 2001. Aaron Fore was assigned to the Special Weapons and Tactics unit in March 2003 where he served as a member of the Entry Team. Aaron Fore served the city of Gulfport as a patrol officer until April 2007, when he was promoted to the rank of Detective and transferred to the Narcotics Investigations Division. Aaron Fore was also promoted and assigned as the SWAT Entry Team Leader and Assistant SWAT Commander in 2007.  In October 2010, Aaron Fore was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant in the Narcotics Investigations Division. In July 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Lieutenant and Officer in Charge of the Narcotics Division. In 2016, Aaron Fore attended and graduated from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commander’s Academy. In 2017, Aaron Fore attended and graduated from the Southern Police Institute’s 137th Administrative Officers Course and Police Executive Leadership Program at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. In July 2017, Aaron Fore was transferred to the Support Bureau and assigned as the Officer in Charge of Police Technology and Dispatch Center for the Gulfport Police Department. In January 2018, Aaron Fore was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned as the Officer in Charge of Uniform Services of the Gulfport Police Department. On January 1, 2020, Captain Fore was assigned as the Officer in Charge of Investigative Services. 

Shaun Sebring

Captain of Uniformed Services

Captain Shaun Sebring began his career as a Police Officer in the Patrol Division in December of 2005 with the city on the heels of Hurricane Katrina. Sebring graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Academy in June of 2006. In December of 2009, Sebring attended the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute (SRPSI) and became a certified Field Training Officer. Sebring was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division from 2010 to 2012. In the summer of 2015, Sebring was promoted to the rank of Sergeant overseeing various patrol shifts and a violent crime unit. Sebring held that position until he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Patrol Division in March of 2018. On November 2, 2020, Sebring was promoted to Captain of Special Events. Sebring is also a graduate of the Mississippi Regional Command College at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. In June of 2020 Sebring was assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Special Events Division, Traffic Division, and Reserve Program. In March of 2021, Sebring was assigned as a Patrol Captain.

Paul Podlin

Special Events Captain

Captain Paul Podlin is a 21 year veteran officer of the Gulfport Police Department.  Captain Podlin is a 1990 graduate of St. John High School, in Gulfport, and is lifelong resident of the MS Gulf Coast.  Captain Podlin graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Captain Podlin first joined the Gulfport Police Department in 1997 as a reserve police officer.  He served in this capacity until he graduated from the MS Police Corps Law Enforcement Training Academy and was hired as a full time police officer in 1999.  In 2000, Captain Podlin was assigned to the departments Pro-Active Unit, and SWAT Entry Team.   Captain Podlin was assigned to the departments Bike Unit in 2002, and then reassigned to the Street Crimes Unit in 2003, formally named the Pro-Active Unit.  In 2004, Captain Podlin was named the OIC of the Street Crimes Unit.  In 2005, Captain Podlin was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and remained the OIC of the Street Crimes Unit, then was appointed as the OIC of the K-9 Unit, and SWAT Team.  In 2007, Captain Podlin returned to Patrol as a Patrol Supervisor until he was appointed as the OIC of Training and FTO Program Manager in 2012.  In 2017, Captain Podlin attended and graduated from the Mississippi Command College, at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, MS.  In 2018, Captain Podlin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Professional Standards Bureau, where he continued his training duties and was also appointed as the departments Accreditation and Policy Manager.  In 2018, Captain Podlin attended the 141st Administrative Officers Course of the Southern Police Institute, at the University of Louisville, and was designated as a Dean’s Scholar. In 2020, Captain Podlin was assigned to the Support Bureau as the OIC of the departments SRO and ACO units. In 2021, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Operations Bureau.  Captain Podlin is currently the OIC of Special Events, DUI Unit, Motor Unit, Reserve Division and the SWAT Team.