Lt. Robert Vincent
Public Information Officer


Accepting Applications for Citizens’ Academy

The Gulfport Police Department starts its annual Citizens’ Police Academy on Tuesday, June 10th.  The number of participants is limited, so be sure to get your application in by the June 1st deadline.

Participants are offered the opportunity to learn and witness firsthand what the Gulfport Police Officers do as they provide police services to the citizens of Gulfport. Classroom instruction and field demonstrations will show the various aspects of law enforcement to include:

vFelony vehicle stops

vTraffic crash investigation

vDUI investigation

vRide with an officer on patrol

vFirearms Training Simulator (F.A.T.S.) live-action video scenarios

Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and pass a background investigation. Class size is limited to 14 with preference given to residents of Gulfport. This year's academy will run from June 10th to July 29th on Tueday evenings.  For further information, please call Claire Bousman at 893-1042.  The application deadline is May 30th.  Applications are available in the police department lobby on online at