Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must have correctable vision to 20/20

Selection Process

  • Civil Service Examination
  • Physical Fitness / Agility
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Medical Examination
  • Polygraph
  • Personality Profile Evaluation
  • Urinalysis / Drug Screen

Annual Salary for Patrol Officer

Patrol Officer Grade 1 (Recruit)
$36,921.64
Patrol Officer Grade 2 (Less than 2 years, more than 1 year + Academy & PTO)
$39,494.86
Patrol Officer Grade 3 (More than 2 years or Lateral MS POST Certified with 1 or more years of experience)
$41,494.78
Patrol Officer Grades 4 to 11
$41,722.92 to $43,356.00

Promotion / Advancement Requirements

Sergeant: 2 years service as an officer with Gulfport Police and a minimum of 64 semester hours of college credit or a minimum four (4) years of experience as a sworn police officer with the Gulfport Police Department; written exam; performance evaluation.

Lieutenant: 2 years service as a Sergeant with Gulfport Police and a minimum of 64 semester hours of college credit or a minimum six (6) years of experience as a sworn police officer with the Gulfport Police Department to include a minimum of two (2) years as a Sergeant with the Gulfport Police Department; written exam; performance evaluation.

Captain: 2 years service as a Lieutenant with Gulfport Police and a minimum of 64 semester hours of college credit or a minimum ten (10) years of experience as a sworn police officer with the Gulfport Police Department to include a minimum of two (2) years as a Lieutenant with the Gulfport Police Department; written exam; performance evaluation.

Employee Benefits

  • State Retirement Plan 50% at 30 years
  • 10 Days Annual Vacation Accruable with No Maximum
  • 1.5 Overtime Rate
  • Take-home Vehicle, if residence is within 25 miles of City Hall
  • Group Health, Dental Insurance & Life Insurance
  • 12 Paid Holidays (Certain restrictions apply)
  • 1 Day Sick Leave Accrued each Month With No Maximum
  • All Equipment Furnished including Uniforms, Vest, Equipment, Shoes, and Weapons
  • City of Gulfport College Tuition Assistance

Lateral Entry Program

Must be employed in a full-time position for at least 1 year as a sworn Police Officer or Deputy with current department, (Corrections personnel are not eligible)

Must have successfully completed a state certified basic police academy,(any state – 400 hour minimum)

Must have current law enforcement officer state certification,(any state).

Candidates cannot be on probation, on any mandated leave resulting from any department disciplinary action, nor have any pending disciplinary action.

Community Data

Major Industry & Attractions of Community

Resort Areas, Golf Courses, Gulf Coast Beaches, and Casinos/Gaming, Port of Gulfport.

College/University in or near community

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Campus, William Carey College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Tulane University


We consider applicants for employment by the Gulfport Police Department without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. All employees in a position of any kind under Civil Service shall, within six (6) calendar months from the date of employment, become a qualified elector of George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River or Stone County, Mississippi, and shall establish and maintain their primary place of residence in one of the above enumerated counties.


Contact for Employment Information
Sergeant Clayton Fulks, Recruiter
2220 15th Street | Gulfport, MS 39501
(228)868-5900 Extension 6300