Police accepting applications for citizens academy

Ever wonder what it is like to be a police officer or maybe how officers work with the community? Well, sign up for the 4th Annual Citizen’s Police Academy and find out!

The Biloxi Police Department is now accepting applications for participants for its fourth Citizen’s Police Academy taking place Aug. 13, 2024 to Jan. 14, 2025, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The program, conducted at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue, is designed to give citizens insight into the different divisions of the Biloxi Police Department and how the department serves the community.

“The program is a way for the department to educate and develop positive relations with our citizens,” said Biloxi Police Captain Jay Morgan. “We are continuing to build community cooperation, understanding, and goodwill.”

The Fourth Annual Citizen’s Police Academy will be held once a week, for two hours on Tuesdays. The program does have some extra days scheduled for make-up days. The program is limited to 25 participants and will include classroom-based teaching, a ride-along, a department tour, K-9 demonstrations, and some hands-on demonstrations.

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, 170 Porter Ave.

Application deadline is Aug. 6.

For any questions, contact Captain Jay Morgan at 228-435-6204 weekdays, or by email at jmorgan@biloxi.ms.us.
See the CPA flyer

News & notes: Weekly report, Market Festival, Immunization fair, road closures

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

Market Festival: The Biloxi Farmers Market Festival will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. The festivals are held as a bonus for those attending the farmers market, which is on Howard Avenue at the I-110 overpass. Along with the usual array of farm vendors, the festival will feature arts-and-crafts vendors, entertainment and gardening booths. Hourly contests will offer plants, fruit and vegetable baskets, cookbooks and homemade goods. To see the flyer, click here.

Immunization fair: The 9th Annual Immunization Fair For School-Aged Children is being held July 12 & 15, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at Lopez School, 140 St. John St. This Immunization Fair open to returning students in Biloxi schools and school-aged children from out-of-state schools registering for the first time in Mississippi schools. Document required: insurance card (if insured), photo ID, shot records. For details: 228-297-6808, 228-374-4991, or 228-374-1810.

Traffic: See the latest on road work and traffic throughout the city in Traffic Update, published online weekdays by the city’s Engineering Department. To see the update, along with links to MDOT traffic cameras and Gulf Regional Planning Commission traffic counts, click here.