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The City of Hattiesburg is not currently taking applications for the Police Academy. However, stay tuned to this site for more details. We offer 1-2 academies per year.

Qualifications include:

  • Be 21 years of age or older

  • Be a United States citizen

  • Have a high school diploma (a college degree is preferred)

  • Have no felony arrests or other serious criminal activity

  • Possess a valid driver’s license

  • Be a registered voter in his/her current county/city of residence

  • Be of good moral character


After successful completion of the selection process, the Hattiesburg Police Training Academy, Field Training Officers program, and twelve (12) months of probation, the responsibilities will be:

  • The protection of life and property through the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances

  • The investigation of crimes against persons and property

  • The duties of a patrol officer for the City of Hattiesburg


The starting salary for a Hattiesburg Police Officer is between $40,000 and $43,000, depending on education. The salary for a recruit during a Recruit Class is $35,000, with a change in salary effective upon graduation.

Additional benefits include:

  • Attending The University of Southern Mississippi or William Carey University at no cost to sworn personnel.

  • Enrollment in the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi.

  • Diversity of upward trajectory depending on career interests and professional development.

  • Access to physical fitness centers at both the Academy and state-of-the-art Public Safety Complex.

  • Investments in professional development and training opportunities.


We are currently not in the application phase. However, if you have any questions about the HPD Selection Process, please get in touch with the Training Academy Staff at (601) 545-4650.


The City of Hattiesburg is an equal opportunity employer.


Absolutely. Hattiesburg Police Department's lateral transfer application is available year-round. 


  • Certifications in Firefighter 1001-I-II and HAZMAT Operations & Awareness

  • 18 years of age or older and a United States citizen;

  • Have a high school diploma or a GED;

  • Have NO felony convictions or serious misdemeanor convictions;

  • Possess a valid driver’s license and be a registered voter in your current county or city of residence.


Before hiring, candidates must pass a background check, medical exam and physical fitness test; then, the candidate must be approved by Civil Service.


The selection process includes several important milestones that you will have to pass before day one at the Police & Fire Academy. 

All applicants must first successfully complete the Physical Efficiency Batter (PEB) Exam. This is our standard metric for physical training and is mandatory before you are allowed to take the Civil Service Exam. 

PEB Standards:

1.5-mile run


Ilinois Agility Run

Please bring clothing appropriate for participating in the PEB Exam (ex: comfortable shorts, running shoes, etc.)

After completion of the PEB exam, you'll be given instructions for the Civil Service Exam. 

Once you pass the Civil Service Exam, you'll go through a background check. 

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