Officer injured during crash – Luis Garcia

                                             

On January 22, 2018, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Gulfport Police Officer Luis Garcia was seriously injured in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Creosote Road and Three Rivers Road. Officer Garcia is a ten year veteran of the Gulfport Police Department and is currently assigned to the patrol division.  Officer Garcia was transported to an area hospital where he is still receiving evaluations and treatment. His injury status is stable but serious.

We would like to thank our community for their overwhelming response and support. We have received questions regarding donations to assist Officer Garcia and his family. We will address the offer of donations at a later time.

We ask any witnesses to the incident to come forward and speak with police. Please contact us at 228-868-5959.

Homicide – 3000 block of Southward Drive

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On January 7, 2018 at 9:07 pm the Gulfport Police Department responded to the 3000 block of Southward Drive in reference to a shooting. The victim,  a 33 year old adult male (identity withheld pending proper family notification), was located outside of a residence suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim succumbed to his injury while on scene. Gulfport Police Crime Scene and Detective Units responded to process the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. There are no arrests at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Homicide – 1500 block of 20th Street

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On December 20, 2017 at 4:14 am the Gulfport Police Department responded to the 1500 block of 20th Street in reference to a report of a shooting. Upon Officer arrival an adult male victim (identity withheld pending Coroner’s Office release) was located inside of a residence. The male was suffering from a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The shooting is being investigated as a murder.

Gulfport Police Crime Scene and Detective Units responded to process the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. There are no arrests or warrants at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

Homicide – Artes St

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On December 5, 2017 at 8:55 pm the Gulfport Police Department responded to the 13000 block of Artes Street in reference to a home invasion and shooting. The victim, 30 year old John Earl Kennedy III of Gulfport, was located inside of the home suffering from gunshot wounds. Kennedy succumbed to his injuries while on scene. Gulfport Police Crime Scene and Detective Units responded to process the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. There are no arrests at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

 

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