The SWAT team consists of officers and is divided into an entry team, snipers, and K-9. Team members train regularly each month and attend specialized training in weapons, tactics, and explosives. SWAT members are also required to pass mandatory physical fitness tests. The SWAT team operates under the supervision of Captain Carlos Garcia and works closely with the Hostage/Crisis Negotiators.
The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is an elite, highly trained group of officers who are responsible for handling riot control, hostage situations, barricaded people, forced entry into buildings, narcotic raids, and other crises.
The Uniform Patrol Division operates under the direction of Major Danny Dishmon. The officers assigned to this division patrol the community in a highly visible manor in an effort to identify, prevent and solve community problems.
- Responds to calls for service.
- Deter crime by visible patrol.
- Detect, apprehend and process persons involved in criminal activity.
- Work to ensure traffic safety and enforce traffic laws.
- Works to reduce immediate and potential hazards to the community.
If You Are Involved In An Accident
Call the police, even if it is an accident where the police do not normally respond.
Get name, address, registration number, insurance company name and operator’s license number of all vehicles and operator’s involved.
Note time, date, location, road conditions, make and year of vehicles involved, apparent damage and injuries and your version of what happened.
Make a diagram of the accident scene.
Notify your insurance agent or company as soon as possible and take reasonable steps to protect your property from further damage.
The Uniform Patrol Division is divided into four shifts (A, B, C, and D). Each officer is assigned to patrol one of the six police “wards” or districts during their shift. Specialized units such as DUI, Traffic Enforcement, and K-9 supplement the patrol division. The Shift Supervisors are as follows:
Shift A: Lt. Harris, Sgt. Walters, Sgt. Meziere
Shift B: Lt. Oliveria, Sgt. Wilson, Sgt. Holladay
Shift C: Lt. Hoskins, Sgt. Brock, Sgt. Wardloaw
Shift D: Lt. Mucciarone, Sgt. Maze, Sgt. White
Who issues firearms permits in Mississippi?
- Answer: State firearm permits are issued through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and are processed locally at the district Mississippi Highway Patrol Sub-Stations. The two nearest MHP Sub-Stations for the Olive Branch area are located at Batesville and New Albany. The Batesville location processes firearm permits on Mondays and Tuesdays (8:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM) – phone number 662-563-6400. The New Albany location processes firearm permits on Tuesdays through Thursdays (8:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM) – phone number 662-534-8619. The State Firearms Permit website is: http://www.dps.state.ms.us/
With what other states does Mississippi have firearm permits reciprocity? (Whose permits do we honor, who honors ours?
- Answer: Mississippi has reciprocal firearm permit agreements with: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia & Wyoming.
Where do I go to obtain/renew my Mississippi Driver’s License?
- Answer: The local Mississippi Department of Public Safety Driver’s License office is located at 6569 Hwy. 305 next door to the B. J. Chain Public Library in Olive Branch. Their phone number is 662-890-7211.
Where do I go to obtain/renew my Mississippi Vehicle Tags?
- Answer: Mississippi vehicle tags can be purchased from the DeSoto County Tax Collector’s office, located at 6597 B. J. Chain Drive in Olive Branch, next to the Olive Branch City Park. Their phone number is 662-469-8032.
Where do I go to have my fingerprints processed for new employment?
- Answer: Fingerprints can be done at the Olive Branch Police Department, located at 10470 Hwy 178, each Wednesday (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM). Persons requiring fingerprints for job opportunities will need to obtain a fingerprint card(s) from their prospective employer and bring them with you to the Police Department. Cost is $10.00 for one card, $3.00 for each additional card. Cash or Check only. Please bring identification.
What is the phone number for Poison Control?
- Answer: 901-528-6048 (Memphis area number) or the 800-222-1222 (nationwide number).
What are the locations and phone numbers of local minor medical centers?
- Answer: There are two minor medical centers located in Olive Branch. (1) Baptist Minor Medical located at 8990 Germantown Road – phone 662-893-1160 (open 7 days a week, 8 AM to 8 PM, except Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas) and (2) Methodist/Le Bonheur Minor Medical located at 5480 Goodman Road – phone 662-893-9800 (open 7 days a week, 8 AM to 8 PM).
What is the location and phone number of the Animal Shelter/Control Office?
- Answer: The City of Olive Branch Animal Shelter/Control office is located at 7100 Stateline Road east of Hwy. 178. The shelter is open Monday – Fridays from 8 AM to 4 PM. The phone number is 662-895-4582.
Current Fee Schedule (Effective 6/16/2010)
Accident Reports (Report Beam) – $15.00
Accident Reports (Picked up) – $10.00
Incident Reports – $10.00
Compact Discs (photos/videos) – $25.00
Fingerprinting – $10.00 (first card) / $3.00 (each additional card)