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Picayune Police Department recruiting two Community Service Officers

Press Release- Picayune Police Department


The Picayune Police Department is recruiting two Community Service Officers for its new Community Service Unit. The Picayune Police Department has discovered that 30% of the reports taken by certified patrol officers could be taken by a non-certified officer. These are misdemeanor reports that do not have a suspect, or a suspect is not on scene. Picayune Police Officers spend 25%-50% of their time on these calls and the reports that follow them. The implementation of a Community Service Unit will allow certified patrol officers to be more available for proactive policing.


What is a CSO? A CSO is a non-certified officer that is not tasked with investigating crimes and making arrests.


What are the qualifications? Anyone over the age of 18 with a high school diploma (or GED) and of good moral character that successfully completes our civilian hiring process procedure. In addition, a psych screen is required.


Not only does this program allow for certified patrol officers to be more available for proactive policing, but it provides an opportunity for someone to start their law enforcement career early. It also provides an opportunity for someone to serve their community who otherwise might not be able to become certified (attend the law enforcement training academy) due to age or medical conditions.

If you’re interested, above average typing skills are a necessity due to the number of police reports taken. Any experience in dealing with the public is beneficial too.


This program has proven to be beneficial in many communities across the US and the department is eager to see the impact it can have here.


Applications can be found online at www.picayune.ms.us and submitted online or in person at 328 South Main Street.


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