MISSISSIPPI LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION

                   2018 Legislators of the Year






2018 CONFERENCE NEWS

The 2018 Annual Conference came to a close on June 15th after a great week of training, fun and camaraderie.  Training this year consisted of K9 Training, Horse Mounted Patrols, Cell Phone and Social Media Investigation, and Motorcycle Training.  The Motorcycle, Horse Mounted Patrol, and K9 Training consisted of several events which culminated skills exhibitions that gave the participants the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they acquired in their training.   

Officer of the Year

Each year, the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Association recognizes an officer for their accomplishments with an “Officer of the Year” award.  This honor is bestowed upon an officer who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the service of their community.  The emphasis of this award is not always based on a single act of heroism but for those who excel in the daily performance of their duty and demonstrate a distinct pattern of dedication and professionalism.

This year’s award goes to Officer David Wynn II with the Hattiesburg Police Department for his actions both on and off duty. 

In July 2017, this officer was off duty at a local gas station, he noticed a suspicious vehicle and actions near a gas pump with wires hanging from the pump. This officer knew that Hattiesburg, MS and other cities were having problems with numerous credit card skimmers. This officer called for a marked unit to come and investigate the suspicious activity. Prior to the marked unit’s arrival the suspicious vehicle and person’s left the scene. This officer followed the vehicle and was able to lead and direct the marked units to the suspects’ vehicle.  Once contact was made it was discovered that the subjects in the vehicle were found in possession of tools and keys for getting into gas panels. The two suspects were wanted for similar crimes from multiple states.  The two suspects were arrested and it was learned that they were based out of Miami, Fl.  They were allegedly travelling the country installing gas pump skimming devices and retrieving stolen credit card numbers.  Wynn’s action, along with Hattiesburg Police Department and the United States Secret Service, resulted in multiple search warrants across multiple states, netting millions of dollars in seized cars, jewelry, and cash.

In September 2017, Officer Wynn was conducting a security check at a local bar and restaurant.  Suddenly, an active shooter incident erupted outside of the establishment. The suspect opened fire on the crowd and business with an AR 15.  Officer Wynn was able to position himself and return fire on the suspect striking him once.  His response was instrumental in the apprehension of the suspect and keeping officers and civilians from becoming casualties.

 MLEOA is proud to present Officer Wynn with the 2018 Officer of the Year Award.  Officer Wynn will receive a plaque and a $400.00 gift card toward the purchase of a weapon of his choice.

Scholarships

As law enforcement officers we understand that during our careers we will make many sacrifices to help our communities on a daily basis.

 One of those sacrifices is the time spent away from our families and that is a sacrifice that is made not only by us as officers and deputies, but by our families as well, who wait anxiously for our return while we are gone.

This is one reason why it is so important to us on the MLEOA Board to award these scholarships at our banquet every year. Each time we award these scholarships, it reminds us of how precious little time that we have with our children as they are growing up.  The scholarships that we award also give us the opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication that these bright young adults have put in. These fundamentals are just a few of the building blocks that will be the foundation for their continued success in life.

Our first scholarship to be awarded is the Robbie Maxwell Memorial Scholarship.  The recipient of this award is Josiah Richard Scott, the son of Johnny Scott from Pike County Sheriff’s Office.  Scott is a graduate of the Jubilee Performing Arts Conservatory in McComb, MS.  He graduated with a G.P.A of 3.86, and scored a 26 on his A.C.T.  During his time at The Jubilee Performing Arts Conservatory he was elected to the Men of Honor Public Speaking Club and became Secretary of the organization.  Scott was the 2018 Senior Class Salutatorian, 2018 Mississippi Scholars, 2018 Pike County Men of Distinction, Honor Student, and received a host of many other recognitions.  Scott also volunteered with the Child Evangelism Fellowship, Christian Leadership in Action, and with The Jubilee Performing Arts Conservatory Summer Music Camp.

Scott plans to attend Mississippi College, where he will study music and Piano performance.

The next scholarship awarded was the Bill Martin Memorial Scholarship.  The recipient of this award was Jessica Taylor Avant, the Daughter of Sgt. Ray Godwin from the D’Iberville Police Department.  Avant is a graduate of the Biloxi High School in Biloxi, MS.  She graduated with a G.P.A of 3.87 and scored a 25 on her A.C.T.   During her time at Biloxi High School she was elected to the Mu Alpha Theta and became Secretary of that organization.  Avant received the Mu Alpha Theta Award, Rho Kappa Award, Honor Roll, and several other recognitions.

 Avant also volunteered as a film technician with the Biloxi High School Football Team and she was also a member of the Lady’s soccer team.  Avant plans to attend Millsap College, where she will pursue a degree in nursing to fulfill her dream of making a difference.

The final scholarship awarded was the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Association Academic Award. The recipient of this award is Joseph Bullock, son of Lamar County Sheriff’s Deputy David Bullock.  Bullock is a graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, MS.  He graduated with G.P.A honors.  During his time at Oak Grove High School he was a member of the Spanish Nationals honor Society.  Bullock received honors for all A’s, Spanish and a host of many other recognitions.  Bullock plans to attend Jones County Junior College, where he plans to study construction Engineering.

 

MOTORCYCLE RESULTS

Division 1

Novice

3rd                           Jonathan Soto                 Mobile PD

2nd                           Timothy Freeman            Mobile PD

1st                           Mike Krauss                     Gulfport PD

 

Intermediate

3rd                           James Westbrook            Flowood PD

2nd                           Skyler Wright                 Mobile PD

1st                           John Saucier                   Flowood PD

 

Expert

3rd                           Ryan Blakely                      Mobile PD

2nd                           Jay Bass                            MHP

1st                           Kenny Free                         Desoto CO SO

Division 2

 

Novice

3rd                                          

2nd                           Nathan Ryan                     Southaven PD

1st                           Tim Burnham                     Southaven PD

 

Intermediate

3rd                           William Higdon                 Olive Branch PD

2nd                          Jay Crawford                     Olive Branch PD  

1st                           Walter Medford                 Olive Branch PD

 

Expert

3rd                           Gregory Stacks                  Desoto CO SO

2nd                           Michael Dupuy                   WBRSO

1st                           Clifton Brown                     WBRSO

Division 3

 

Expert

1st                           Paul Barnard                      Pineville PD                       

 

 

Slow Ride

3rd                           Kenny Free                       Desoto CO SO

2nd                           Michael Dupuy                  WBRSO

1st                           Clifton Brown                    WBRSO

 

Challenge Ride

3rd                           Miller                                WBRSO

2nd                          Logan                                Desoto CO SO

1st                          Barnard                              Pineville PD

 

Partner Ride

3rd                          Chapin/Finnegan

2nd                         Bass/Jarvis

1st                          Dupuy/Miller

 

50+ Overall

                              David Matos                       Hattiesburg PD

 

B.R.A.T. (Best Rider Around Town)                              

                            Clifton Brown                       WBRSO



K9 Results


Detection scramble

1st           Hunter Solomon / K9 Kiro             Hernando PD

2nd          Shaun Jimmie / K9 Soco               Choctaw PD 

3rd           Ken Strodstorm / K9 Apollo          Tupelo PD

Hard Dog Fast Dog

1st           Mike Ray / K9  Enzo                     Tupelo PD

2nd          Chris Gilland / K9 Chase               Baldwin PD 

3rd           Matt McCain / K9 Castor               Flowood PD 


 

2018 Motorcycle Results


Mounted Officer’s Obstacle Course “Fleeing Felon Challenge”

Rules:

Timed event

Fastest gait allowed is trot

If canter, every stride is a 5 second penalty

Allowed three attempts at every obstacle

If they miss an obstacle deliberately, 30 second penalty

If they knock an obstacle over, 30 second penalty

If they drop the dummy, 15 second penalty

If they back up, 5 second penalty

If they canter all the way through, disqualified

If they deliberately drop the dummy, disqualified.

Results:

  • 1-      Heath Spears, HCSO, 1:23
  • 2-      Paul Mullins, HCSO, 1:10 +15 = 1:25
  • 3-      Matt Kinne, OPD, 1:26
  • 4-      Blake Horton, OPD, 1:25 +15 +5 = 1:45
  • 5-      Justin Flanagan, HCSO, 1:37 +5 +5 = 1:47
  • 6-      Jeff Middleton, HCSO, 1:26 +5 +5 +15 = 1:51
  • 7-      Joseph Jones, NOPD, 1:30 +15 +5 +5 = 1:55
  • 8-      Mark Whitaker, OPD, 2:08
  • 9-      Binky Orr, MPD, 1:49 +25 = 2:14
  • 10-   Matthew Brown, OPD, 2:24 +5 = 2:29
  • 11-   David Liang, NOPD, 5:29
  • 12-   Exhibition Run, Leslie Mayhall, MPD, 1:23


 

   
 

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