Officer of the Month

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in September is Corporal Josh Craig. Josh graduated high school from the MS National Guard Youth Academy at Camp Shelby. Following graduation he joined the United States Marine Corp where he served from 2001 until 2005. Josh was decorated for Combat Action, Global War on Terrorism, War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Armed Forces, Sea Service and the National Defense Presidential Unit Citation. He also... earned Recruit Training, Armored Vehicle Training and completed the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program where he also became an Instructor. Corporal Craig went to work at the Florence Police Department in 2005 and graduated from MLETA in 2006. He was with Florence PD until he began work at the Ridgeland Police Department in 2008 and then came to work at the Pearl Police Department in 2010.

Corporal Craig was selected as Officer of the Month due to his commitment to his daily tasks including serving outstanding warrants, transport of daily prisoners, and managing logistics of running the Pearl Municipal Court system on each court day. Josh maintains persistence in dealing with the sometimes overwhelming case load while maintaining order within the court between prosecutors, attorneys, and defendants. He is a tremendous asset to the department not only for his role in ensuring collection of delinquent fines but also for his ability to work with others and maintain working relationships with other agencies.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented him with a framed certificate, a $100 Cavender’s Western Wear Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a gift card for a meal for two people. Bullock Investigations and Security donated a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $25 Gift Certificate; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; Eclipse Nutrition donated a $25 Gift Certificate, McAlister’s Deli donated 2 Complimentary Meals; Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit; Focus Fit donated a 1 Month FREE Pass and Signmark donated a gym bag. Pearl Police Department

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in July is Sergeant John Burt. Sgt. Burt is a Pearl High School graduate and began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Officer in 2001. He began as a Dispatcher in January 2012 and graduated from MLEOTA in June 2012. He was promoted to CID in March 2015 and to Sergeant in 2016. In the spring of 2017 the Pearl City Park had been vandalized numerous times. Lt. Jerry Adair’s shift took that as a p...ersonal insult and took action. Sgt. Burt organized heavy surveillance of the park and ball fields with personnel in key observation areas. Through perseverance and dedication to the case, Sgt. Burt and fellow officers were successful in using shoe prints to identify the suspect, who later confessed to the vandalism. This is just one example of Sgt. Burt’s tenacity in getting cases solved. His tireless work ethic, professionalism and loyalty to the city of Pearl make him a valuable asset to our department. The entire shift of Sgt. Burt, Officers Glen Westbrook, Heather Rodgers, Robert Washington, Kyle Camardelle, Tyler Burnell and Mike Hollingsworth were all a part of this successful mass effort.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Sgt. Burt with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a complete meal for two. Bullock Investigations and Security donated a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card; Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 Gift Card; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit; McAlister’s Deli donated two complimentary meals and Signmark donated a duffel bag.

We are pleased to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in May is Officer Chris Picou. Chris graduated from Trafton Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and then attended Louisiana Tech and Northeastern College. He graduated from the academy in 1995 and soon became a K-9 Officer in the Narcotics Division in St. Joseph, Louisiana. Chris later worked at Hinds Community College in Raymond also with Narcotics and K-9’s; the Pearl Police Department with K-9’s; the Madison County Sheriff’s Department in Interdiction and K-9; with Richland PD as Lt. of Narcotics/Interdiction and K-9 and then worked as Chief Deputy in the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office in Drug Operations. Officer Picou began working at the Pearl Police Department in October 2015 as a part of the Interdiction Team and K-9 Unit. Recently Officer Picou was commended by the Comal County Texas Sheriff’s Office for being instrumental in the arrest of a murder suspect that had fled Texas and was traveling through Pearl, Mississippi. Without Officer Picou’s diligence and dedication the suspect would have continued his flight from arrest and prosecution. We are very proud to have Officer Picou at the Pearl Police Department.

 

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Picou with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a complete meal for two. Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 Gift Card; Dunkin Donuts donated a $25 Gift Card and the Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card. McAlister’s Deli donated a complimentary lunch for two; Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit; BancorpSouth donated a spectator cooler chair and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

Pictured from left to right: Assistant Chief Ronnie Conerly, Investigator Ronnie Decell, Mayor Brad Rogers,Rankin County Investigator William Lindley, Investigator Chris Picou, Chief Tim Sarrett, Sergeant Sentel Easterling, Investigator Robbie Reid, Lieutenant John Johnson.

We are happy to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in April is Sergeant Archie Bennett. He is a 1994 graduate of Canton High School and graduated from Jackson State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He graduated from MLEOTA in 1999. Sergeant Bennett began his law enforcement career with North Park Security and then worked at the Utica Police Department, Hinds Community College Police and  Hinds County Sheriff’s Department before starting to work at the Pearl Police Department in 2000. Sergeant Bennett has been assigned to the Outlets of Mississippi for a year and a half and demonstrates his commitment to the outlet mall, retailers, employees and customers every day. He has been instrumental in seizing large amounts of money, putting several shoplifting rings out of commission and stopping credit card fraud. Many of the criminals that Sergeant Bennett apprehended were wanted in several other states. Recently during the holidays an American Eagle employee had purchased a necklace for his younger sister and a customer in the store stole the necklace. Sergeant Bennett tracked the suspect to her home and recovered the necklace. This is just one example of the dedication and commitment that he has for his job. Outlets of Mississippi General Manager Kathy Hackshaw said “We like having the reputation of being a safe place to shop and the reputation among the criminal community that you will get caught here. Sergeant Bennett takes pride and ownership in his job at the outlet mall and we consider him an important part of our team.”

 

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce is presenting Sergeant Bennett with a framed certificate, a $100 Outlets of Mississippi Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a complete meal for two. Derek Havard with McIntosh & Associates donated a $50 Logan’s Roadhouse Gift Card, Scotts Miracle Gro donated a Fit Bit; H&R Block donated a $25 Kroger Gift Card, The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; The Outlets of Mississippi donated a $25 Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated a dinner for two; Mickey Anderson Photography donated a complimentary family photo shoot and Signmark donated a duffel bag.

We are proud to announce that Officer Brandon Jordan was selected as the January Officer of the Month. Officer Jordan graduated from the Mississippi Challenge Academy at Camp Shelby in 2009 and later graduated from MLEOTA in 2014. Officer Jordan’s instinctive and observant style of policing ended the escapades of a serial armed robber. On December 22, 2016 while patrolling the City of Pearl, Officer Jordan spotted a suspicious vehicle on Pearson Road. The vehicle was sitting in the Subway parking lot with a male driver. Officer Jordan’s instincts told him something wasn’t right with this vehicle. He remembered a description matching the vehicle that he had just spotted. Officer Jordan waited for the vehicle to leave, developed probable cause, and stopped the car. The driver was identified and later confessed to the planning of an armed robbery at Subway. He also confessed to other robberies of multiple businesses in bordering cities, as well as several in Madison. This stop was one of the best in our department’s history.  This stop prevented an armed robbery of the Subway on Pearson Road and potentially many more.  Not only did he prevent an armed robbery in our city, he brought closure to many others. It also ended this serial robber’s crime spree. Officer Jordan demonstrates a tireless work ethic and is a very intuitive and observant Officer. We are fortunate to have him at the Pearl Police Department.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Jordan with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a complete meal for two. Derek Havard with McIntosh & Associates donated a $50 Logan’s Roadhouse Gift Card; Bullock Investigations donated a $25 Gift Card to Sombra Mexican Kitchen; Shane Fletcher with Farm Bureau Insurance Agency donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two; Tempstaff donated a $25 Gift Card to Bonefish Grill and Scott’s Miracle Gro donated a soft side cooler.

We are pleased to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month is Officer Alfred Jenkins. Officer Jenkins is a Pearl High School graduate and began his career in 2003 with the MS Department of Corrections. He later worked at the Jackson Police Department before starting to work at Pearl PD in 2012. He served as a Reserve Officer and a Patrol Officer before becoming the School Resource Officer at Pearl High School. In addition to working at the High School during school hours, he also works most of the after school activities including football games, track meets and band competitions. Officer Jenkins is highly respected by the staff and students at the school and is a valuable asset to our community.

 

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Jenkins with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Basket complete with a meal for two. Derek Havard with McIntosh & Associates donated a $50 Moss Creek Fish House Gift Card; Bullock Investigations donated a $25 gift certificate to Sombra Mexican Restaurant; The Alumni House Sports Bar & Grill donated a gift certificate for dinner for two; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated a certificate for a meal for two; Firestone donated a Free Oil Change; Pizza Inn donated 2 complimentary buffet meals and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

We are pleased to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in August was Officer Steven Culberson. Officer Culberson has been in law enforcement since 2006 and with the Pearl Police Department since 2016. He responded to a call where an elderly man was choking on food. When the officers first arrived the man was unconscious and not breathing. Officer Culberson performed the Heimlich maneuver with no results, then an abdominal thrust to try to dislodge the blockage and finally a finger rake with no success. He then began CPR and finally the man took a gasping breath. He was then transferred to the local hospital and on last check he was listed in stable condition. In addition, Officer Culberson was patrolling an area after a residential burglary when he spotted the suspect’s vehicle. Upon checking the vehicle, the suspect was found to have stolen items from the burglary in the front seat. After getting him in handcuffs, with help from Sergeant Race Gordon and Detective Jim Brown, they proceeded to the residence where they also found three juveniles with drugs and arrested all persons involved. These are just two of the cases that demonstrate Officer Culberson’s dedication and commitment to his job and the city of Pearl.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Culberson with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket complete with a gift card for a meal for two. Mickey Anderson Photography donated a complimentary Family Photo Session; Coffee News donated a $25 gift card to Moss Creek Fish House; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 Gift Certificate; Pizza Inn donated 2 complimentary buffet meals; The Alumni House Sports Bar & Grill donated 2 complimentary lunches; McAlister’s Deli donated 2 complimentary meals and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in June is Officer Ruben Miles. Ruben has been a lifelong resident of Pearl, MS and graduated from Pearl High School in 2010.  He enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard and graduated Military Police School from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and was assigned to the 113 Military Police Company in Brandon, MS.  Ruben deployed with the 112th Military Police Battalion in 2011 for support of Operation Enduring Freedom / Operation New Dawn with the 1st Brigade Combat Team 34th Infantry Division. While in the Army he completed numerous courses and received many awards such as the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terror Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Ruben was hired with the Pearl Police Department in May of 2012 as a dispatcher.  He graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Training Academy in 2013 and he now works on the Patrol Division and is also a part of the Pearl Police Department Honor Guard Team. 

Officer Miles responded to a call made by a man whose sister worked at a local Chevron store. The store had closed and he could not find her. The lady’s boyfriend called to say that she had texted him to say that she had cut her wrists. Officer Erwin and Corporal Miles arrived on the scene but could not locate her. Both officers refused to give up and continued the search until they found her in a small room behind the carwash with a red bandana wrapped tightly around her neck. She was gasping for air and almost unconscious. Corporal Miles pulled a pocket knife from his pocket and with surgical precision cut the bandana from around her throat. If it were not for Corporal Miles’ persistence and quick response the lady would not have survived.

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Miles with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket complete with a Gold Card for a meal for two. Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; Buckley Security donated a $25 Kroger gift card; MedScreens donated a $25 Subway gift card; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 gift certificate and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in May is Detective Jim Brown. Jim is a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force Security Police with 26 years of service. After his retirement from the USAF in 2006, Jim served for 5 years as a Conservation Officer with the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, operating the Turcotte Education and Shooting Facility. In 2011 Jim continued his service as a Law Enforcement Professional with the Pearl Police Department where he is currently a Detective with the Criminal Investigations Division. Jim is certified in many classes and is a certified instructor in numerous classes. The list of his credentials is very long and extremely impressive. Jim has also had an extensive teaching career. He is currently certified as a firearms instructor with the State of Mississippi. Jim is the author of the plan of instruction for the Enhanced Carry Qualification Course, Mississippi Concealed Carry Weapon Permit.

 

On April 13th Detective Jim Brown responded to a medical call in response to a 30 year old male not breathing.  Once Det. Brown arrived on-scene he made entry to the residence and saw an older male attempting rescue breathing on the 30 year old male.  He then checked the gentleman’s neck and arm for a pulse and discovered that no pulse was present. He contacted headquarters and advised them that he was initiating chest compressions.  Det. Brown began and continued chest compressions until the Pearl Fire Department and Pafford arrived on-scene.  Once other emergency responders arrived, he continued chest compressions while medical responders prepped him for further lifesaving actions.  After being informed that they were ready to take over, he stopped administering chest compressions and allowed medical personnel to take over.  Immediately after stopping, it was obvious that the gentleman now had a pulse.  He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Though medical help was not far away, Det. Brown chose not to wait and took immediate action that saved the man’s life. 

 

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Det. Brown with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket with a meal for two included. Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 gift card; Buckley Security donated a $25 Kroger gift card; The Pearl Municipal Credit Union  donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated a meal for two; Jose’s Mexican Restaurant donated a $20 Gift Certificate and Signmark donated a soft side cooler.

We are proud to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in February is Officer Brad Chisholm. Officer Chisholm graduated from Clinton High School in 2001 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2002. He received basic EMT Training in 2003 at Holmes Community College and then later graduated from Holmes with an Associates Degree. He went on to Mississippi College where he received Bachelors of Science Degree and then afterwards obtained a Masters Degree in Administration of Justice.  While in the Marines he completed numerous courses and received many awards such as the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and Combat Action Ribbon. He joined the Mississippi Air National Guard in 2013 and continues to serve as Staff Sergeant. He also completed many courses with the National Guard and received the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.  During his military career he has been deployed twice to Iraq. Officer Chisolm came to work for the Pearl Police Department in March 2014. During a traffic stop another vehicle pulled up and two occupants stepped out of the vehicle; a female driver and a male that was bleeding badly from his arm. During the process of skinning a deer, the rope broke and caused the knife to be impelled into his forearm cutting an artery. Officer Herrin radioed dispatch and requested an ambulance and fire personnel for first aid. Officer Chisolm arrived on the scene and immediately grabbed the bleeding man’s arm and put pressure on the brachial artery to slow the bleeding until the ambulance could get there. Pafford Ambulance arrived and transported the gentleman to the hospital. He received numerous stitches to his arm and was told by the E.R. Physician that if Officer Chisholm had not acted quickly to slow the bleeding that he could have easily died from major blood loss. The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Officer Chisholm with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card and a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a meal for two. Moss Creek Fish House donated a $25 Gift card; Buckley Security donated a $25 gift card to Kroger; Reliant Physical Therapy donated a $25 Subway Gift Card; the Pearl Federal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated a certificate for a dinner for two; Melissa Wade with Southern Society Real Estate donated a $10 I-Tunes Gift Card; Signmark donated a soft sided cooler and Fowler Chiropractic donated 8 deep tissue laser treatments valued at $320.

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