Police Department Administration
The Administration division includes the Chief of Police office, training, purchasing, crime prevention, COMPSTAT, grants, vehicle management and inventory control. Special Events permits are processed through Administration.
The Police Department maintains a holding facility where arrested persons are held for no longer than necessary for them to make bond or be transferred to the Madison County Jail. The Booking Officers in this division are responsible for receiving, booking, and transporting any person arrested by the Ridgeland Police Department and for maintaining the safety and security of those persons as long as they are in the custody of the Ridgeland Police. These Officers are also used occasionally to assist with special events and traffic details.
Booking Officers are civilian employees of the Ridgeland Police Department and are governed State Board on Jail Officer Standards and Training. This requires that any Booking Officer successfully complete an approved CPR/First Aid course and the Board approved ninety-six hour Standardized Detention Officer Course.
Booking Officers also provide fingerprinting service for individuals for employment or licensing. The schedule for this is Wednesday – Friday, 8AM to 11AM and 12PM to 3PM. You must go to court services first and pay a fee for this service. Please contact Court Services at 601.853.2001 for cost.
If you have any questions regarding any person that has been arrested or if you need bond costs, please contact Booking at 601.853.2005.
The Crime Prevention Unit is available for neighborhood meetings and presentations. Neighborhoods who want to establish Neighborhood Watch Groups may contact the Crime Prevention Officer for information. Community events designed to build citizen and police relationships are held throughout the City.
Weekly COMPSTAT meetings are open to the public. They are held Wednesday afternoons in the Training Room of the Ridgeland Police Department. COMPSTAT is a statisical report generated every Monday for the previous week’s crime activity. Each quarter, the Police Department will hold an evening meeting for citizens’ convenience.
Ridgeland Police Department utilizes grants to fund items such as bullet-proof vests, laptops for patrol cars, and radio communications systems with other localities.
In addition to federal and state laws, the Ridgeland Police Department enforces City of Ridgeland laws.
Special Event Permit
Any organization or business considering holding a special event in Ridgeland must coordinate their activities with the Ridgeland Police Department. A Special Event Permit Application must be completed and submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the event.
An Application to Play On-Premises Music must be completed if the event will include musical acts performing outdoors.
The Training Division of the Ridgeland Police Department handles the education and training of incoming and current officers. New police recruits are required to complete a week-long orientation of department policies and procedures, 320 hours of supervised instruction on day and night shifts with a Certified Field Training Officer, a ten-week training program at the State Police Academy, and a phase of intensive evaluation before being released for solo patrol. Current officers are required by the State to receive a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education each year to stay on the cutting edge of the latest in training and information.