Arrest – Robbery


On November 14, 2017, the Gulfport Police Department arrested 18-year-old Madison Marie Parker (photo below), of Gulfport, on two counts of Robbery. Two juveniles (names withheld) were also arrested and charged with two counts of Robbery each.

On November 14, 2017 at approximately 12:31 a.m., Gulfport Police responded to a report of a robbery which occurred inside of a residence in the 1000 block of Tropical Cove. The reporting victims, adult males, were suffering from non life threatening injuries to their heads. The victims advised that Marie Parker was involved with several juveniles who physically assaulted them and took property.

The Gulfport Police Department was assisted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in locating Parker and the two juveniles. They were arrested, without incident, in the 20000 block of Eddy Road, Pass Christian.

After booking and processing, Parker was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 ($25,000 per) bond set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.  The two juveniles were transported to the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center.


Parole Violation Arrest


On November 16, 2017, the Gulfport Police Department arrested 34-year-old Albert Craft Jr, of Gulfport, for one count of felonious parole violation.

On November 16, 2017 at approximately 9:39 A.M., the Gulfport Police Department and the United States Marshall’s Task Force, responded to the area of Pass Road and Courthouse Road in reference to a wanted fugutive.    Upon arrival, the fugitive, Albert Craft Jr, was located and arrested without incident.

Craft Jr was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility to be held without bond.

Gulfport Police Explorer Post Recruitment



The Gulfport Police Explorer Post will host a recruitment evening on November 17, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Teens ages 13-18 who would like to sign up or learn more about Police Exploring are encouraged to attend.  Police Exploring is a program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America and exposes youth to the field of law enforcement.  As a police explorer, the applicant will have the opportunities to attend training classes and possibly compete at regional and national competitions.  Explorers also work alongside police officers working events such as high school ball games and special events such as Mardi Gras parades.  Explorers meet at regular times every other week as a club which offers them an opportunity to fellowship with each other.  Officers will be present on November 17th to answer any questions about the program.  If you have any questions, please call (228)868-5703.  The meeting will take place at the Gulfport Police Department front lobby located at 2220 15th Street in Gulfport.

Thanksgiving 2017 – Feed the Needy

The Gulf Coast Public Safety Feed the Needy Program has begun its 2017 campaign to deliver hot meals to the homes of those less fortunate on Thanksgiving Day.  The Gulf Coast Public Safety Feed the Needy Program is a successful collaboration between Public Safety Agencies and generous donors of Time, Money, and Goods.  2017 will be the 28th Year that this program has been going strong.  This successful program has grown from feeding a few to providing approximately 4,600 meals per year to those in need during the holiday times. The Feed the Needy Program is funded by donations only.  In addition, it relies on hundreds of volunteers that donate their time to the program each year.

To order a meal for any needy person please contact one of the sponsoring agencies; Biloxi Police Department 228-385-3033, D’Iberville Police Department 228-396-4252, Gulfport Police Department 228-868-5703, Gulfport Fire Department 228-868-5950, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department 228-896-0606, Long Beach Police Department 228-865-1981, and Pass Christian Police Department 228-452-3302.

To make a donation and help to make this a Happy Holiday for those who may be less fortunate contact Lt. Mike Shaw, Gulfport Police Department, 228-868-5703.  You can also mail to Gulf Coast Law Enforcement Feed the Needy, attn: Lt Mike Shaw, 2220 15th Street, Gulfport, MS 39501.


Volunteers wishing to help package and deliver meals should report to Lyman Community Center, 13472 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.  Deliveries will begin at 9:00 a.m.

2017-2021 Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan Document FINAL 12 07 2016

                I am proud to submit the Strategic Plan for City of Gulfport Police Department: 2017 through 2022. It is a product that was constructed through tireless efforts by the women and men of the Gulfport Police Department. Our plan is the result of analyses conducted by our personnel along with input from our employees, our peers in local criminal justice and most importantly our citizens.

The City of Gulfport has continued growth since Hurricane Katrina.  We anticipate businesses to increase in number and capacity.  We also feel that this will affect our residential population.  As such, growth will cause increases in demands on public safety.  Additionally, the business corridor located in proximately to Interstate 10 and Highway 49 is experiencing growth.  While no specific plans are known for the growth of the city, it is evident by the contemporary efforts that growth can be expected.

Our mission statement is, “We will be a progressive, sustained, and superior law enforcement agency that leads Gulfport to be a premier city.” We are an agency that has a long history or progression in our field; this must continue.  To ensure this we should understand our strengths and weaknesses while anticipating opportunities and threats.  We must always continue to analyze our environment and efforts to ensure that we make the most of the available resources to provide for the citizens of Gulfport.  The Gulfport Police Department has a long standing reputation of professionalism in our community and region.  It is our goal that we provide a plan that will continue this legacy for the years to come.

Leonard J. Papania

Chief of Police