It is the mission of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police to be a leader in promoting professionalism among all law enforcement officers of the State of Mississippi by encouraging quality education through proactive training and educational programs. We strive to endorse legislation which has positive effects on law enforcement’s ability to reduce crime and the fear of crime in the State of Mississippi.

We encourage the mutual sharing of resources and ideas among all law enforcement entities statewide by reinforcing open lines of communications and being the Vanguard for the future of professional law enforcement within the State of Mississippi. To forge a partnership between law enforcement and the citizens they serve to enhance the quality of life in every community within the State of Mississippi.

Purpose & Objectives

  • To secure a closer official relationship among police officers throughout the state of Mississippi.
  • To secure unity of action in all police matters.
  • To select the proper personnel and fully utilize the training and educational facilities available throughout the state in order to better equip all police officers to meet modern-day law enforcement needs.
  • To elevate the standard of police institutions and the police profession.
  • To pursue humane efforts in the enforcement of laws.
  • To encourage the advancement of perfection of a uniform police system with the state of Mississippi.
  • To encourage membership and affiliation of members of this body within the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Executive Board 2018-2019

President: Chief Walter Armstrong- Natchez Police Police Department

First Vice President: Chief Luke Thompson- Byram Police Department

Second Vice President: Chief R. Frank Nichols- Starkville Police Department

Northern Vice President: Chief Steve Holts- Senatobia Police Department

Central Vice President: Chief William Thompson- Brandon Police Department

Southern Vice President: Chief Wayne Payne- D’Iberville Police Department

Northern Executive Board:
Chief Dwight Harris- Holly Springs Police Department
Chief Randy Tutor- Pontotoc Police Department

Central Executive Board:
Chief Terry Tyler- Drew Police Department
Chief Will Jones- Forest Police Department

Southern Executive Board
Chief Leonard Papania- Gulfport Police Department
Chief Byron Swilley-Hazlehurst Police Department

Northern Sgt-At-Arms: TBA

Central Sgt-At-Arms: Chief Perry Waggener- PRVWSD Police Department

Southern Sgt-At-Arms: Chief Gavin Guy- Petal School District Police Department

Chaplain: Currently Vacant

SACOP Representative: Chief Joey East- Oxford Police Department

Executive Director/Parliamentarian- Ken Winter