Officer of the Month
We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month is Sgt. Mark Mooney. READ MORE
We are happy to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in December is Lt. Amanda Thomasson. CONTINUE READING
The Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month is Officer Mandy Dearman. Mandy is a Pearl High School graduate and graduated from MLEOTA in 2013. She has worked on patrol, code enforcement and warrants and is presently the School Resource Officer at Northside Elementary. The parents, teachers and principal all appreciate her support and protection to the children of Northside. A letter of recommendation from Northside Principal Nikki Graham w...as received to nominate her for this award.
The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Dearman with a framed certificate, a $100 Walmart Gift Card, a Cracker Barrel gift basket along with a certificate for a meal for 2 and a $25 gift card to the Outlets of Mississippi. The Pearl Municipal Federal Credit Union donated a $25 VISA gift card; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $25 gift certificate; Rivertrust Federal Credit Union donated a $25 VISA gift card; McAlister’s Deli donated 2 FREE meals; Eclipse Nutrition donated a $25 gift certificate; Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit and Great American Cookie donated a chocolate chip cookie cake.
We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in July is Investigator Greg Jones. Greg was born and raised in Columbus, MS where he graduated from New Hope High School in 2005. In 2006, Greg attended Itawamba Community College and in the same year enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. From 2006 – 2010, Greg was assigned to Travis Air Force Base as a Security Forces Member. While assigned to Travis Air Force Base, Greg received several awards to include his promotion to Senior Airmen six months early. Greg then served two tours in Iraq, once in 2007 in Tikrit, Iraq conducting duties on base such as routine police duties and base security. Secondly in 2009 in and around Bagdad, Iraq where he was assigned to an Iraqi Police Transition Team responsible with the training of Iraqi Police Forces while working hand-in-hand conducting patrols and other daily duties.
After his service in the Air Force, Greg was hired in 2010 by Madison PD. He received his Police Certificate in 2011 from the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute. In an attempt to move closer to home Greg became a Deputy Sheriff in 2012 at the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office, in Starkville, MS. Following the birth of his daughter, Greg began his service in Pearl in 2013. Continue Reading...
We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month is Officer Glen Westbrook. Glen graduated from Madison Central Academy and later began working at the Rankin County jail. He graduated from MLEOTA in 2010 and went to work for the Brandon Police Department. He was hired by Pearl PD in 2016 where he has worked as a patrolman and SWAT Operator.
On Saturday evening, March 31, 2018, at approximately 8:45 p.m. Pearl Police Department received multiple calls in reference to a welfare concern of a subject seen on the side of Interstate 20 east near mile marker 50. Different callers stated the male subject was lying on the shoulder of the roadway and appeared to either be sleeping or lying down. Another caller stated there was a concern that the subject had been struck by a car. Officer Glen Westbrook was in the area headed to another call but re-routed to this call due to the concern of the pedestrian near the roadway being higher priority. Upon Officer Westbrook’s arrival to the area, he passed the subject in question and quickly pulled to the edge of the roadway before exiting his car and walking back toward the subject. As Officer Westbrook made his approach toward the subject lying on the ground, he walked toward headlights of motorists traveling eastbound in excess of 70 mph. When Officer Westbrook was within range of the male subject, he noticed the subject to be moving but unable to see his hands. Officer Westbrook began numerous commands for the subject to show him his hands. After repeated commands, the subject drew a gun and pointed it toward Officer Westbrook, discharging his weapon toward the Officer. Officer Westbrook returned fire at the subject striking the subject as additional units responded to the area for assistance. The subject was quickly taken into custody and first aid was rendered to the suspect at the scene. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and just after being released was booked on aggravated assault on a police officer, discharging a firearm in the city, and exhibiting a weapon. He has since been presented to the Rankin County District Attorney’s office where a true bill was reached and an indictment forthcoming of simple assault on a police officer by physical menace. He remains in the custody of the Rankin County Jail
Officer Westbrook’s enhanced training, precision skills, and quick thinking ended a potential threat not just to himself but as well as the many motorists that were traveling Interstate 20 at the time of this incident as well as residential areas parallel with I-20. This article could very well be an obituary but instead an officer went back to his shift, a community was kept safe, and a daddy and husband went home to his wife and 4 children. We are grateful and appreciative for Officer Glen Westbrook and present him as Pearl Police Department’s Officer of the Month. Lieutenant Brian McGairty
The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Westbrook with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card, a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a gift card for a meal for two people and a $10 gift certificate to Frisco Deli. Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $25 gift certificate; Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; Church’s Chicken donated a $20 gift certificate; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated 2 complimentary meals; Eclipse Nutrition donated a $25 gift certificate; Focus Fit donated a 1 month FREE pass and Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit.
We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month is Officer Randy Newell. He is a native of Meridian where he graduated from Meridian High School and Meridian Community College. Randy obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing at the University of West Alabama. He began his law enforcement career in June 1993 with the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks where he worked as a conservation officer in Rankin County as well as a Public Relations Officer for the state of Mississippi. He was also the host of Mississippi Outdoors television program and Mississippi Outdoors radio. He was employed with the MS Department of Wildlife for 25 years. Newell also worked at the Flowood Police Department for 11 years and began working at the Pearl PD in February 2017 where he presently works as a patrol officer. Randy has been honored to serve the public through the years but he feels that his greatest accomplishments in life have been his son, Addison and his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
On February 24, 2018, at approximately 1:45 am, officers with the Pearl PD were conducting a safety checkpoint on Highway 80 near the Jackson city limits. During the checkpoint, a yellow Camaro approached the checkpoint. Officer Randy Newell asked for the individual’s driver’s license. Unable to provide one, Officer Newell became suspicious of the behavior of the actions of both the passenger and driver. Remaining calm and able to work under pressure, Officer Newell asked other officers to assist him. After checking the driver’s license through the National Crime Information Computer, it was learned that the passenger had an active warrant for homicide through Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee. With the direction of Officer Newell, officers were able to assist in the removal of the wanted suspect from the vehicle and place him into custody without incident. The suspect was arrested and transferred to the custody of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. This is just one example of how Officer Newell exemplifies dedication to his job and his ability to remain calm under pressure when faced with a harmful threat to society standing before him. Officer Newell is an asset to this city for his service and commitment to public safety.
The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Newell with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card, a $20 Frisco Deli Gift Certificate and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a meal for two people. Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 Gift Card; Pearl Municipal Federal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated a complimentary meal for two; Great American Cookie donated a cookie cake; Focus Fit donated a FREE month pass; Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit and Signmark donated a rain jacket. City of Pearl Government