We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department February Officer of the Month is Detective Sentel Easterling. Detective Easterling graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2004 and worked at the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department and Brandon PD before coming to Pearl in 2008. Detective Easterling puts in long hours on the interstate working for the City of Pearl and the Pearl Police Department. Detective Easterling exhibits the skill and great patience that is needed to be a successful criminal interdiction officer. While not performing his duties as a criminal interdiction officer, Detective Easterling is also in charge of the K-9 program. On February 3, 2015, Detective Easterling stopped a white Chrysler Van on Interstate 20 and found a large sum of cash along with approximately 3 grams of marijuana. Just a few weeks later on February 25, 2015, Detective Easterling stopped a red Toyota Corolla on Interstate 20 and found an even larger amount of cash inside a natural void in the trunk of the vehicle. The week of February 9-13, Detective Easterling and his K-9 competed in the United States Police Canine Association regional competition in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Detective Easterling and his K-9 placed second overall in the narcotics detection portion of the competition and qualified for the national competition to be held later in the year.
Detective Easterling is married to his wife Raymona and has two children, Mason and Morgan.
The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Detective Easterling with a framed certificate, a $100 Wal-Mart gift card and a Cracker Barrel gift basket complete with a meal for two. Justin Null with Alfa Insurance donated a $50 Outlets of Mississippi gift card, Kim Fortner with Hopper Properties donated a $25 Subway gift card, Buckley Security donated a $25 Walgreens gift card, MedScreens donated a $25 Kroger gift card and Signmark donated a gym bag.