Citizens wanted for second police academy

Are you interested in learning how the Biloxi Police Department works with the community? Or, maybe you are thinking about becoming a police officer but are not sure what it all entails. Well, the Biloxi Police Department is looking for you to join the second annual Citizen’s Police Academy.

The program, which begins Oct. 12, is designed to give citizens insight into the different divisions of the Biloxi Police Department and how the department serves the community.

“Through this program, the public is able to see reality versus Hollywood with a behind-the-scenes look at divisions such as investigations,” said Biloxi Police Capt. Thomas Goldsworthy. “Attendees are able to learn what it takes to run a public safety department and get a glimpse at an officer’s day. They also get to meet new people and go on a ride along with an officer, which was a big hit with the last class.”

The second annual CPA will be a 12-week class held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave. The program will run through Jan. 11, breaking for the holidays, and will include two Saturday, four-hour classes. Classroom-based teaching, a ride-along, department tour, K-9 demonstrations, and some hands-on demonstrations will all be part of the program.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Harrison County, and must complete an application, which is available at the front desk of the Public Safety Center.

Application deadline is Oct. 12, and the program is limited to 25 participants. After application review and a background check, applicants will be notified of the next step for class enrollment. 

For questions, contact Captain Goldsworthy at 228-385-3033 weekdays, by cell at 228-348-8227, or by email at
See the CPA application

News & notes: Weekly report, splash pads, 100-year old home, firefighter of the year

The week that was: Weekly reports from the departments of Police, Fire, and Community Development are now online for your review. To see the report from last week and an archive of weekly reports, click here.

Splash pads: The City of Biloxi’s four splash pads, Hiller Park, Point Cadet, John Henry Beck Park, and Margaret Sherry, will close on Oct. 10 for the fall/winter. They will reopen to the public on Easter weekend. For more info, call the Parks & Recreation office at 228-388-7170.

Biloxi history saved: One of the homes that resided at Division Street prior to the Keesler gate work is receiving a second chance thanks to Melanie and Patrick Golden, ultimately saving a piece of Biloxi’s history! They moved the 100-year old house to Beverly Drive in Oak Park where it has been elevated and revived. Said Melanie: “She was worth being saved. There aren’t many homes like it left in Biloxi.” To see photos, click here.

Firefighter of the year: The Kiwanis club has named Biloxi Asst. Fire Chief Jason Earl Davis as the 2021-2022 Louisiana, Mississippi, West Tennessee District of Kiwanis International Firefighter of the Year. Chief Davis was selected from more than 300 nominees across three states. After being honored with the award, Chief Davis was tasked to identify a nonprofit organization to receive a $250 donation. The Kiwanis club graciously made the donation to Back Bay Mission.