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Petal School Police Department
The Petal School District operates its own police force in accordance with the requirements and regulations of the Mississippi Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards & Training. The district employs certified law enforcement officers as school resource officers. The Police Officers are certified by the State of Mississippi and are vested with the power to keep and preserve the peace on school property, including the power to make arrests, detain violators, and execute all the powers of a constable.
The Petal School Police Department consists of a chief, 7 sworn officers, a chaplain and 1 Belgian Malinois K9 who are assigned to schools throughout the district to serve and protect the 4,500 Students, Faculty, and Staff at Petal Schools. While our primary role is to maintain order and security on and near school facilities, school police officers provide far more than standard law enforcement efforts. School Police Officers are responsible for campus patrol, initial case investigations, subsequent follow-up, and, when necessary, making arrests. Additionally, the Officers provide classroom presentations, counsel students and parents, engage students through mentoring, and serve as positive role models to help promote healthy relationships between youth and law enforcement. As a result, the students benefit by being better able to concentrate their time and attention on what matters most: learning and growing.