The Patrol Division of the Ridgeland Police Department provides a police presence throughout the city, deterring crime and enhancing safety. Sworn officers patrol businesses and neighborhoods and answer calls for service. They also deal with domestic disputes, traffic violations, and vehicle accidents. High visibility of law enforcement decreases criminal activity; therefore, the Ridgeland Police strive to be seen and recognized throughout the city while patrolling.
The Animal Control Unit consists of two officers who are responsible for enforcing Animal Control Ordinances within the city. If you have need of animal control officer, please call 601-856-2121 and the Emergency Communications Center will dispatch an officer. For non-urgent calls, you may email: AnimalControl@www.ridgelandms.org.
The Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail is patrolled by officers on bicycles.
Community Police Officers
Community Police Officers address non-emergency complaints and minor neighborhood issues. Please get to know your officers as they are a valuable source of information for citizens. They seek to provide excellent public service by responding to citizen concerns.
The DUI Unit is making an impact upon impaired drivers and our young people, not only through their enforcement action, but by also speaking at school educational functions and Neighborhood Watch meetings. Our DUI officers coordinate with School Resource Officers and Crime Prevention to conduct Impaired Driving and Drug/Alcohol presentations.
In terms of DUI enforcement, our officers conduct saturation patrols for impaired drivers, checkpoints, and participate in National Blitz Campaigns such as “Drunk Driving over the Limit, Under Arrest “ as well as other enforcement campaigns associated with select holidays. Our DUI officers maintain state-mandated certifications, as well as attend all STORM, LEL and MAHSL training conferences.
When citizens leave their home for an extended period of time, an officer will check the home for any unusual or suspicious activity on a scheduled basis. Please call police communications at 601-856-2121 and submit a completed House Watch Form.
The K-9 Unit is comprised of a handler and his K-9 partner. The K-9 Unit officer handles all facets of regular patrol work, but is also available for specialized work such as drug interdiction, area searches, building and vehicle searches, and apprehension of dangerous fleeing criminals.
Our K-9 is highly trained in drug/narcotics detection and tracking. He has the ability to locate illegal drugs/evidence, fleeing suspects, and lost/missing persons, and is capable of apprehending the most dangerous felons. Additionally, they undergo weekly training to keep their skills sharp. Also bearing a gentler side, our K-9 and his handler put on demonstrations for schools, daycare centers, and other groups. When not at work, “Titus” lives with his handler and is part of their family.
School Resource Officers
School Resource Officers are assigned to the Madison County District schools in Ridgeland: Ann Smith Elementary, Highland Elementary, Old Town Middle School and Ridgeland High School. They keep the schools safe by patrolling the grounds throughout the day. School resource officers work with school administration to enforce certain school policies, lead safety educational programs, and address personal and behavioral problems in the schools. They also enforce a city ordinance that prohibits misrepresentation related to residency.
The Titan Tip Line provides a person the ability to make an anonymous call about student concerns. It can be used to alert the school resource officers about students who are skipping school, thinking about using illegal substances, or dealing with behavioral problems. Please call 601.898.RHS1(7471) to leave information.
The Reserve Unit is made up of volunteers who have completed state-mandated training for certification by the Board of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training as certified law enforcement officers. Each member of this select group satisfies a 16-hour monthly duty requirement, helping with regular patrols, special events, undercover operations, bicycle patrol, and working in the dispatch center.
Reserve police officers have all the responsibilities and arrest powers of full-time officers, but receive no compensation for their service. They are also required to complete 16 hours of continuing education each year. Anyone with a full-time law enforcement certification, a passion for their community and a servant’s heart, is welcome to apply for the Police Reserves.