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- Non-Emergency : 895-4111
- Administration: 892-9400
- Criminal Investigation Department: 892-9450
- Property Room: 892-9414
If you have information regarding a crime, suspicious activity, suspicious person or anything else that you think that we should know about, please click the link below to submit a crime tip through the web. You will remain completely anonymous.
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The Community Relations Division is committed to correcting actions, practices and attitudes, which may contribute to community tensions and grievances. Law enforcement personnel are an integral part of the community. Citizen participation and interaction with law enforcement personnel is necessary for a healthy community. Our Agency identifies and implements policies, procedures and programs that enhance the quality of life in the community.
Community Relations Objectives
- Create and maintain liaison with community groups and organizations including: Exchanging information, identifying law enforcement service needs of the community, promoting law enforcement and citizen contacts, acquainting each other with mutual problems and encouraging action aimed at solving these problems.
- Develop community relations policies for the Olive Branch Police Department.
- Publicize Department objectives, problems, achievements and successes.
- Obtain input from community groups to ensure that Department policies reflect the needs of the community.
- Identify sources of conflict between law enforcement and the community and encourage efforts to resolve them.
- Establish neighborhood watch groups where such programs are needed and do not currently exist.
- Identify training needs relating to community relations through input from citizens, groups, supervisors and complaint reports.
- Provide the Olive Branch Police Department information regarding concerns of the community, potential law enforcement/citizen problems and recommended actions.
- Evaluate all Department community relations programs on a semi-annual basis.
- Keep all windows and doors locked.
- Store outdoor equipment in a locked shed or garage.
- Do not leave notes on your door when you are away.
- Do not leave keys in mailboxes or under door mats.
- Never let a stranger in your home to use the telephone.
- Never say are away from home on your answering machine.
- Do not go into your home if you suspect it has broken into.
- Do not discuss your finances with stranger.
- Have two employees Open and Lock up at night.
- When making bank deposits, always vary times.
- Never allow any one person to take out the trash. This should be done in pairs.
- Install panic buttons at the front counter.
- Keep parking area well lit.
- Struggle with resisting child.
While You Are Out
- Do not take shortcuts, walk in or near alleys, or along deserted streets.
- Use caution in parking lots, do not walk in poorly lit areas or doorways.
- Do not accept rides from strangers.
- Do not respond to comments from strangers on the street.
- Do not hitchhike.
- If you suspect you are being followed, go to an open business immediately.
- When meeting a new friend, exchange phone numbers only, not addresses.
- Do not go to a nightclub alone.
- Be aware of your surroundings, especially between dusk and dawn. If you notice anything suspicious, consider coming back later, or go to another ATM.
- If you are using the ATM at night, have someone else with you.
- Park in well lit areas.
- If you withdraw cash, put it away immediately. Count it later.
- Do not share your PIN number with anyone.
- Make sure no one is watching you enter the PIN into the machine.
- Do not visit your ATM at regular times or the same day of week.
In Your Automobile
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- Do not park in dark area and have keys in hand when walking to your car.
- Never leave your keys in the car.
- Never allow a vehicle to follow you home, drive to police station or open business.
- Always check back seat of your car before getting in.
- If you stop to aid others, do not get out of car, determine problem and call police.
If You Are Attacked
- Use common sense. Try to talk your way out of it.
- Stall for time. Be verbal.
- Run toward an open business or group of people. Hide if you have the opportunity.
- Scream loudly and keep it up to attract attention and help from people nearby.
- NOTIFY POLICE IMMEDIATELY.
When Carrying a Purse
- DO NOT carry unnecessary valuables in your purse.
- DO NOT let your purse hang loosely in your hand.
- DO NOT carry a lethal weapon. It could be used against you.
- DO NOT fight for purse. Surrender it.
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) operates under the direction of Major Bill Cox.
Detectives are regularly scheduled to work 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; however, a detective is on call 24 hours a day.
The goal of the CID is to conduct prompt and diligent investigations. We will use available technological resources and traditional investigative methods to solve crimes, apprehend criminals, accomplices, and fugitives, as well as locate missing persons and recover stolen property.
Also, Detectives work closely with the Patrol Division to provide an immediate investigative response to crimes and incidents.
B ~ Body – lessons concerning building a healthy body.
U ~ Unity – establishing teamwork and working together.
I ~ Inner self – concerning self-qualities, happiness and awareness
L ~ Leadership – encouraging teamwork
D ~ Development – enhancing personal conduct skills
Camp B.U.I.L.D. is an annual month-long day camp program for the month of June that is for children and pre-teens in the Olive Branch community. It is influential to all the campers by establishing more stability and accountability to their lives helping them development better life skills. They are offered a positive and disciplined environment encouraging and motivating them daily to avoid any delinquent activity. It gives them the knowledge to resist the temptation to experiment or use harmful substance such as tobacco, alcohol, and other illicit drugs. Participants are able to establish stronger relationships with dedicated police officer instructors showing them they truly care about their physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
This is an annual two-month program that is taught to all 6th grade students by a designated O.B. School Resource Officer that is D.A.R.E. instructor certified. The D.A.R.E. officer / instructor equips the students with up to date educational information about the dangers and harmful effects of using Alcohol, Tobacco and other addictive substances. The students are challenged to stand up against the temptations to use these substances giving them the ability to make wise choices.
P.R.O.T.E.C.T. (Police Officers Reaching Out Together Encouraging and Challenging Teens – To be Tomorrow’s Leaders)
P.R.O.T.E.C.T. like the L.E.A.D. program is a long-term mentoring program except it is for teenage boys and girls ages 14-17. Candidates are identified by school counselors from our city’s middle school and high school that are in need of social & emotional support. The P.R.O.T.E.C.T. volunteer officer helps in various areas providing stability, guidance, and encouragement while serving as a mentor and role model for their teen.
L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Assisting and Directing today’s youth for tomorrow)
L.E.A.D. is a department sponsored long –term mentoring program for boys and girls ages 8-13. Candidates are identified by school counselors from our city’s four elementary schools. These children are in need of guidance, support, and character building. An O.B. police officer who chooses to serve in this program is dedicated to invest in their assigned child which includes monthly group activities that greatly affects their self-esteem and self-worth. The L.E.A.D. officer’s time and efforts helps produce a lasting positive impact!
The K-9 Division is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to the citizens of Olive Branch. This division currently consists of two officers, Sgt. Michael Aldridge with his K-9 partner Marco and Officer David Rumbarger with his partner Borys. Marco is a Belgian Malanois and Borys is a Dutch Shepherd.
The officers and their K-9s have received extensive training in Narcotics Searches and Criminal Apprehension. This includes search and seizure of narcotics, suspect location, tracking and apprehension. They continue to receive regular training to be prepared for any situation that may arise.
The team not only fights crime, but they educate the public as well on issues such as personal safety, drug prevention, and K-9 demonstrations. Our K-9 officers are here to serve and protect you. They are more than happy to visit your school, business, church or any other event to provide education.
Please contact Captain Carlos Garcia at 662-892-9415 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointments.
Teach Kids the Proper Use of 9-1-1
- Never say “nine-eleven.” There is no eleven on a telephone keypad or dial. Always say “nine-one-one”.
- Always call from a safe place. If there is a fire in the house, get out first and then call.
- Post your address near the phone.
- Never call 9-1-1 as a prank or joke. You can get into trouble and keep someone who really needs help from getting it in time.
- 9-1-1 is not for animal emergencies.
- Call 9-1-1 if you think you have an emergency and explain the situation to the dispatcher.
- If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, don’t hang up. Explain the mistake to the dispatcher and say there is no emergency.
School Resource Officers
The School Resource Officers that work in the schools within the City of Olive Branch are sworn law enforcement officers who are employed by the Olive Branch Police Department.
School Resource Officers (SRO) work to safeguard school property against burglary, vandalism, trespassing and other hazardous criminal or unauthorized activities. Their duties also include teaching classes in their area of expertise as well as first level counseling of students and intervening with uncooperative students.
- Patrol and monitoring all areas of the school facilities on a consistent basis.
- Provide technical assistance regarding school safety planning, crisis training, and overall school security.
- Enforce state laws, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures on school property.
- Conducts criminal investigations and collects information, intelligence and evidence regarding criminal violations on the school campus.
- Write reports and provides documentation of activities.
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