2017 Legislators of the Year

 Representative Patricia Willis

 Representative Patricia Willis was born in New Orleans Louisiana, grew up in  Starkville Mississippi, and moved to Diamondhead Mississippi in 1982.  She  received her law degree from Loyola Law School in 1990 and is also an  International Flight Attendant who travels the world.  She has served as a public  defender for Hancock County, a prosecutor for the City of Waveland, and a  Family Master for the Eighth Chancery Court.

 She currently serves the people of District 95 in the Mississippi House of Representatives and serves on the Judiciary B Committee.  She is a member of the Republican Coalition and serves as Commander of the Legislative Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.  She is very active in her community where she serves on the Hancock County Bar Association, a member of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class, the Hancock County Republican Women’s Club, and several other local clubs and associations. 

She is very concerned about the future of our country, state, our community, and especially our children.  She knows the importance law enforcement plays in making our communities safe and has been very supportive of legislation which assists our officers in making our state a safer place to raise our children.

 Senator Philip Moran

Senator Philip Moran was born in Bay St Louis, MS and is a native of Kiln,  MS. He is married to the former Sheila Morris; they have two children, Lori  and Alan.

 Senator Moran is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Hancock Rotary  Club, Hancock Chamber of Commerce, Business & Professional Association  and Mississippi State University Alumni. He is the owner of the very  successful Philip’s Pest Control which has been in business for 34 years.

Senator Moran is currently serving his 2nd term as District 46 Mississippi State Senator and he is currently the Chairman for Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Committee and serves on numerous other committees. He was the author of the Senate Bill “Back the Badge”. He helped in the passing of the bill in the senate chambers, as well as the house of representatives. With his efforts he helped walk this bill through to the governor signing into law making this is a great honor for the Senator to be part of helping make such a great bill become a law. 

2017 Conference News

The 2017 Annual Conference came to a close on June 16th after a great week of training, fun and camaraderie.  Training this year consisted of K9 Training, Law Enforcement Response to Mental Illness, and Motorcycle Training.  The Motorcycle 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.   

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 years award goes to two Deputies with the Desoto County Sheriff's Department for their actions in the line of duty.  On Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, Desoto County Sheriff’s Deputies saturated the cities of Horn Lake and Southaven in an attempt to locate an armed robbery suspect. The suspect robbed a City Spree driver in Southaven, individuals at a Home Depot and a Mcdonald’s in the neighboring city of Horn Lake, . The suspect was reported to be driving a blue Ford Escape which was reported stolen in Memphis, TN during a recent carjacking.

Sgt. Hunter Garret located the vehicle parked in the Kroger parking lot on Stateline Road in Southaven. Sgt. Garrett and assisting deputies conducted a high risk traffic stop on the vehicle. The subject was non-compliant with deputies’ commands and fled on foot southbound in the parking lot with his hands in the air.

Deputies pursued the suspect on foot behind the Heartland Church where the suspect fired multiple shots at pursuing deputies, Sgt. Garrett and Deputy Lee Hutchins.  Deputy Lee Hutchins sustained a gunshot wound to his upper chest that entered through his side above his ballistic vest, and Sgt. Hunter Garrett sustained a gunshot wound to his foot. Both deputies were able to return fire neutralizing the suspect. Both Deputy Hutchins and Sgt. Garrett were transported to the medical regional one center in Memphis, TN, where they recovered from their injuries.

 MLEOA is proud to present Sgt Hunter Garrett and  Deputy Lee Hutchins with the 2017 Officer of the Year  Award.  Both receive a plaque and a $400.00 gift card  toward the purchase of a weapon of their choice.

 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 Rhyan Plumlee.  Ryan is a graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg. She graduated with a 4.08 GPA and scored a 32 on her A.C.T.

 During her time at Oak Grove High School, she was  elected to the special needs drama performance  planning committee, the chess club vice president, the  community veterans celebration committee, senior  homecoming maid, and the varsity volleyball captain.    Rhyan was a member of the cheerleading team, the  Beta Club, the National Honor Society, and the  Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Rhyan also  volunteered as a peer tutor, a graduation usher, an oak  grove public library aid, and also with the Awana Children’s Ministry.  Rhyan plans to attend the University of Alabama where she will study biology and medicine so that she can treat health related disorders.

The next scholarship awarded was the Bill Martin Memorial Scholarship.  The recipient of this award was Katelyn Sumner.

Katelyn is a graduate of Saltillo High School. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and scored a 27 on her A.C.T.

During her time at Saltillo High School Katelynn has volunteered with the Lee County DARE program by assisting with summer camps and also with the meals on wheels program.  Katelynn has assisted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office serving as a team leader and mentor for students in numerous summer day camps for students enrolled in second through ninth grade.  Katelynn plans to study psychology in college so that she can pursue a career that will enable her to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.

The final scholarship awarded was the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Association Academic Award

The recipient of the scholarship was Victoria Miller.  Victoria is a graduate of Oak Grove High School.  She graduated with a 93.13 GPA and scored a 23 on her A.C.T.

Victoria has volunteered with spirit girls, zoo boo, and law enforcement appreciation dinners.  She was a member of the Beta Club, First Priority, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Victoria also was a member of the all “A” and the all “A’s”and “B’s” honor roll and the pride of Oak Grove.  Victoria plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and study nursing so that she can help in a cardiac care unit.


Detection Scramble

1st place Dewhite McMillian and K9 Milo Choctaw Police

2nd place Ken Stoderstrom and K9 Jabo Tupelo PD

3rd place Matt McCain and K9 Castor Flowood PD

Hard Dog / Fast Dog

1st place Mike Ray and K9 Enzo Tupelo PD

2nd place Matt McCain and K9 Castor Flowood PD

3rd place Tim Harris and K9 Brun Horn Lake PD



Partner Ride

1st Place                Clifton Brown/Chad Dupuy          West Baton Rouge/Central PD

2nd Place               Kenny Free/Matthew Wilson         Desoto County SO

3rd Place               Jay Bass/Josh Jarvis                         MHP

Slow Ride

1st Place                Michael Daenen                               Pineville PD

2nd Place               Clifton Brown                                  West Baton Rouge

3rd Place               Kenny Free                                        Desoto County SO

Jimmy Brooks Challenge Ride

1st Place                Michael Daenen                               Pineville PD

2nd Place               Clifton Brown                                  West Baton Rouge

3rd Place               Chad Dupuy                                      Central PD

Rod Curry B.R.A.T Award (Overall Best Rider)

Michael Daenen                                                               Pineville PD



1st Place                James Westbrook                            Jackson PD

2nd Place               Skyler Wright                                  Mobile PD

3rd Place               John Michael Saucier                      Flowood PD


1st Place                John Barnard                                     Pineville PD

2nd Place               Steven O’Daniel                                Mobile PD

3rd Place               Ray Godwin                                        D’Iberville PD


1st Place                Michael Daenen                                  Pineville PD

2nd Place               TJ Logan                                             Desoto County SO

3rd Place               Ryan Blakely                                       Mobile PD



1st Place                Jason Jarvis                                         Hattiesburg PD

2nd Place              

3rd Place


1st Place                Grant Thomas                                   Jones County SO

2nd Place               Jonathan Poe                                    Desoto County SO

3rd Place               Derrick Williams                                Meridian PD


1st Place                Clifton Brown                                    West Baton Rouge

2nd Place               Chad Dupuy                                       Central PD

3rd Place               Matthew Wilson                                  Desoto County SO




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