Mission Statement & Links

The mission of the Office of Capitol Police is to enhance the quality of life for employees, visitors, elected and appointed officials at state properties named in Sections 29-5-2 and 29-5-77 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 as amended. We can achieve this mission by working cooperatively with members of this community. We are obligated to conform to the United States Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment. The office is committed to reviewing ideas from the community in the development of its policies that directly affect all those who work or visit at facilities within our jurisdiction.

The Office of Capitol Police will follow fundamental principles and deliver its services in a way that preserves and advances democratic values. The office also protects the rights of all persons as guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

The office is committed to maintaining the highest level of integrity and professionalism in all its operations. Professionalism, in a sense, means adherence to impeccable integrity and careful protection of the rights of those authorized to enforce the law.

Office of Capitol Police Duties

The Office of Capitol Police is the Law Enforcement unit of the Department of Finance and Administration. As such, the department is charged with the responsibility of protecting life and property within state facilities under the jurisdiction of the Department of Finance and Administration.

Enforcement personnel employed by the Office of Capitol Police must be certified law enforcement officers through the Mississippi Office of Standards and Training. They must also be fully prepared and committed to rendering courteous, professional law enforcement service at all times. As law enforcement officers of this agency and the state of Mississippi, Office of Capitol Police Officers must discharge their duties pursuant to the guidelines established by the Department of Finance and Administration and the laws of this state.

Our goal is to provide excellent service and protection to the visitors, employees, and elected officials within our jurisdiction in a professional manner. By performing every task with that goal in mind, we will surely achieve it.

Patrol Division

     

The Office of Capitol Police Patrol Division is comprised of men and women who are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for elected officials, state employees and visitors to the Capitol and its associated buildings.

These men and women provide law enforcement and security services by providing a uniformed presence to the Capitol Building and throughout the Capital Complex. These services are delivered through active and directed patrols, security checkpoints and random inspections.

The Patrol Division is the heart of the department and the most visible to the general public. The Patrol Division provides year round emergency response, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patrol officers remain committed to providing high quality, professional law enforcement services with an emphasis on problem solving and public relations. The Patrol Division takes a proactive approach to law enforcement as a crime prevention effort, instead of being only reactive after crimes occur.

The Patrol Division consists of Motor, Bicycle and Foot patrol methods of crime prevention. The law enforcement jurisdiction of the Office of Capitol Police Department includes all surrounding streets, roadways, and parking areas of the buildings and properties included in the State Legislative Statutes.

Communications Division

The Office of Capitol Police Communications Section is a 24/7 operation which is responsible for answering and initiating all calls for police and security services at the Capitol and other facilities within the Capitol Complex.

Dispatchers assigned to the Communications Center monitor numerous surveillance and camera systems, fire and intrusion alarm systems, as well as door access systems for the Capitol building, Sillers building, Gartin building, Woolfolk building and several other buildings throughout the Capital Complex including the Bolton building in Biloxi, MS.

The Communications Center provides continuous communications between the Dispatchers and Law Enforcement Officers while on their patrols, as well as providing access to the FBI National Crimes Information Center for vehicle registration and wanted persons inquiries. The Communications Center Dispatchers receive and handle several hundred calls per day from citizens and state employees requesting information or assistance throughout the Capitol Complex.

Investigations Division

The Office of Capitol Police Investigative Team is responsible for properly conducting all investigations that occur at the Capitol Complex. To meet this responsibility, the team members are trained and experienced investigators and are skilled in a wide array of investigative duties, including Internal Affairs.

The Investigative Team is responsible for processing employment applications and conducting extensive background investigations on all Office of Capitol Police applicants. The Investigative Team also conducts follow-up investigations on all reported criminal activities occurring at the Capitol Complex. Follow-up investigative work may include: the processing of property and/or evidence, identifying and interviewing suspects and witnesses, documenting investigative activity, completing affidavits for search and/or arrest warrants, and presenting evidence and testimony during criminal prosecutions.

Finally, the Investigative Team works closely with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in sharing sensitive law enforcement intelligence information and in providing necessary investigative assistance upon request.


For additional information, please contact Johnnie Bowden at Johnnie.Bowden@dfa.ms.gov

Records Division

 

The records division receives, processes and stores all official reports and documents generated by the Office of Capitol Police Department. The public can request copies of non-investigative reports such as traffic accidents, etc. from the Records Division, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Records requests can be called in to Office of Capitol Police @ 601-359-3125.

Emergency Operations Division

 

       

The Office of Capitol Police Department maintains an emergency operations division. This division associated with the Metropolitan Medical Response System is on call 24 hours per day, seven days a week and includes a Mobile Command Center, portable lighting equipment, portable generators, response vehicles and the MMRS resources from over 14 agencies in 6 area counties.

 

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Parking Regulations

 

The State of Mississippi welcomes many visitors to the Capitol Complex throughout the year. During the Legislative Session, Visitor parking is available around the Capitol Complex in a variety of locations. The City of Jackson has many metered spaces on city streets that surround the Capitol Complex. Public parking is available in the First Baptist Church lot located on the east side of the Capitol Building on President Street. Additional parking is located in lot 16 at the corner of George Street and Lamar Street.

Office of Capitol Police Jurisdiction

 

§ 29-5-77. Jurisdiction to enforce laws on state grounds

(1) The Department of Finance and Administration shall have jurisdiction relative to the enforcement of all laws of the State of Mississippi on the properties, from curb to curb including adjoining streets, sidewalks and leased parking lots within the Capitol complex, set forth in Section 29-5-2, the Court of Appeals Building, the Mississippi Department of Transportation Building and the Public Employees' Retirement System Building, and any property purchased, constructed or otherwise acquired by the State of Mississippi for conducting state business and not specifically under the supervision and care by any other state entity, but which is reasonably assumed the department would be responsible for such, as approved by the Public Procurement Review Board. The Department of Finance and Administration shall, through any person or persons appointed by the Department of Finance and Administration, or through the Department of Public Safety when requested by the Department of Finance and Administration, make arrests for any violation of any law of the State of Mississippi on those grounds of or within those properties. The Department of Finance and Administration shall enforce the provisions of Sections 29-5-57 through 29-5-67, 29-5-71 through 29-5-77, and 29-5-81 through 29-5-95, and prescribe such rules and regulations as are necessary therefor.

(2) When in the opinion of the Governor or, in his absence, the Lieutenant Governor, it is readily apparent that an emergency exists that the persons appointed by the Department of Finance and Administration are unable to control in the accomplishment of the provisions of Sections 29-5-57 through 29-5-67, 29-5-71 through 29-5-77, and 29-5-81 through 29-5-95 in regard to law enforcement, then the Governor or, in his absence, the Lieutenant Governor, may call upon the Department of Public Safety, members of which shall have power to arrest and detain any persons violating the provisions of those sections of law, until the person can be brought before the proper authorities for trial.

(3) Subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, the Board of Trustees and the Department of Finance and Administration shall be authorized to enter into a contract for the Department of Finance and Administration to supply the security personnel with jurisdiction to enforce all laws of the State of Mississippi on the property of the Board of Trustees located at the corner of Ridgewood Road and Lakeland Drive in the City of Jackson. (4) The Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agriculture are authorized to enter into a contract for the Department of Finance and Administration to have jurisdiction and enforce all laws of the State of Mississippi on the property of the Department of Agriculture located at 121 North Jefferson Street and the new Farmer's Market Building located at the corner of High and Jefferson Streets in the City of Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, Including the State Fair Grounds and all outlying buildings.

(4)  (a) The Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agriculture are authorized to enter into a contract for the Department of Finance and Administration to have jurisdiction and enforce all laws of the State of Mississippi on the property of the Department of Agriculture located at 121 North Jefferson Street and the new Farmer's Market Building located at the corner of High and Jefferson Streets in the City of Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Finance and Administration will not post any security personnel at such buildings, but will provide regular vehicle patrols and responses to security system alarms.

(b)  The Department of Finance and Administration and the Mississippi Fair Commission are authorized to enter into a contract for the Department of Finance and Administration to have jurisdiction and enforce all laws of the State of Mississippi on the property of the Mississippi Fair Commission known as the "Mississippi State Fairgrounds Complex" and any and all of its outlying buildings and property. The Department of Finance and Administration and the Mississippi Fair Commission are authorized to enter into a contract for the Department of Finance and Administration to supply the security personnel to the Mississippi Fair Commission with jurisdiction to enforce all laws of the State of Mississippi on this property and any and all buildings on this property.

(5)  The Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Revenue are authorized to enter into a contract for the Department of Finance and Administration to supply the security personnel with jurisdiction to enforce all laws of the State of Mississippi at the Alcoholic Beverage Control facility and the Department of Revenue main office.

(6)  The Department of Finance and Administration shall have jurisdiction relative to the enforcement of all laws of the State of Mississippi within the boundaries of the Capitol Complex Improvement District created in Section 29-5-203. The Department of Finance and Administration shall, through any person or persons appointed by the Department of Finance and Administration, make arrests for any violation of any law of the State of Mississippi which occurs within the boundaries of the district. The jurisdiction of the Department of Finance and Administration under this subsection (6) shall be concurrent with the jurisdiction of the City of Jackson, Mississippi, and that of Hinds County, Mississippi. The jurisdiction and authority of the Department of Finance and Administration under this subsection (6) shall be in addition to any other jurisdiction and authority provided to the department under this section or any other law. SOURCES: Codes, 1942, §§ 8952-28, 8952-29; Laws, 1972, ch. 326, §§ 29, 30; Laws, 1984, ch. 488, § 19; Laws, 1996, ch. 398, § 1; Laws, 2004, ch. 367, § 1; Laws, 2005, ch. 504, § 4; Laws, 2006, ch. 364, § 1; Laws, 2008, ch. 430, § 2; Laws, 2008, ch. 466, § 1; Laws, 2013, ch. 357, § 3; Laws, 2017, ch. 444, § 10, eff from and after July 1, 2017.

 

 

Office of Capitol Police Safety Tips

 

Personal Safety:

  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night. Call Capitol Police (601-359-3125) for an escort, if necessary.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid unpopulated and poorly or unlit areas after dark.

  • If you feel you are being followed, change direction and walk towards a populated area.

  • If you are confronted, don’t panic. YELL! Use your adrenaline to your advantage.

  • If assaulted, call Capitol Police (601-359-3125) as soon as possible.

  • When ever possible, use the buddy system and try not to walk alone.

 

Employee Responsibility:

Maintaining a safe workplace requires the efforts of everyone. Employees are expected to:

  • Lock the doors to their vehicles.

  • Not prop open doors or entrances.

  • Not allow strangers to enter a card access door with you.

  • Call Capitol Police (601-359-3125) for assistance when needed.

  • Walk with others at night.

  • Immediately report suspicious persons/activities to Capitol Police.

  • Take appropriate steps to secure personal property like computers, car, jewelry, stereos, cell phones, etc.

  • Provide input to DFA/Capitol Police about how the Capitol Complex can be made safer.

 

Safety Around the Vehicle:

  • Always park in lighted areas.

  • Always lock your vehicle.

  • Look around and under your vehicle during your approach.

  • Check the front and back seats before you enter the vehicle.

  • As soon as you are safely inside, lock the door.

  • Never pick up a stranger.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.

 

Vehicle Theft / Burglary Prevention:

  • Record the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), license plate numbers and photo of vehicle (if available). Keep this record stored in a safe place, other than the vehicle.

  • Never leave your keys in an unattended vehicle.

  • Keep all valuables out of sight. Lock them in the trunk when possible.

  • LOCK IT! When you are in it and when you leave it.

  • When walking, stay alert and always be aware of your surroundings and the people nearby. Walk with confidence. Show that you are in control. Body language is important in discouraging aggression.

  • Trust your instincts. If something or somebody makes you uncomfortable, get away immediately.

  • Walk with a friend whenever possible. Stay clear of isolated or poorly lighted areas.

  • If you think someone is following you, abruptly change directions. If you are still being followed, go to the nearest public place and ask for help.

  • If you don’t want to walk in the area after dark, call a friend or Capitol Police for an escort.

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Don Byington

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