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County Officials

Sheriff Topics:

Sheriff Charles Britt
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Charles Britt

Charles Britt, Sheriff

(228) 769-3024

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 998
Pascagoula, MS 39568-0998

Physical Locations:

Main Station, Courthouse

3104 Magnolia St.
Pascagoula, MS
Fax: (228) 762-6168
Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Ocean Springs Substation

6904 N. Washington Ave.
Ocean Springs, MS
Fax: (228) 875-5354
Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Hurley Substation

21417 Highway 613
Hurley, MS
Fax: (228) 588-2882
Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Jackson County Sheriff

Non-Emergency Phone Numbers
Pascagoula: (228) 769-3063
Ocean Springs: (228) 875-6963
Hurley: (228) 588-0151
Process Division
Phone: (228) 769-3020
Fax: (228) 762-6168
Investigative Division
Main: (228) 769.3065
Crime Prevention: (228) 769-3153
Records: (228) 769-3150
Warrants: (228) 769-3162
Fax: (228) 769-3395

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is the largest law enforcement organization within the County, employing more than 200 employees in enforcement and corrections.The Department is managed and supervised by the County's Sheriff.

Duties and Qualifications of the Sheriff: 

The Sheriff's duties generally fall into two broad categories - Law Enforcement and Administrative

Law Enforcement Duties

These duties are specifically to keep the peace within the county, by causing all offenders in his view to enter into bonds, with sureties, for keeping the peace and for appearing at the next circuit court, and by committing such offenders in case of refusal. The sheriff is also charged with the duty to quell riots, routs, affrays and unlawful assemblages, and to prevent lynchings and mob violence.

Administrative Duties

  • Serve as the county's jailor, as per following requirements:
    • Maintain separate rooms for males and females
    • Permit no communication between males and females unless married
    • Provide lights when necessary and proper
    • Provide sufficient and clean bedding
    • Provide daily wholesome and adequate food and drink
  • Have charge of the courthouse and jail of his county, of the premises belonging thereto, and of the prisoners in said jail. This includes the protection of the court and prisoners from mob violence, injuries or attacks by mobs, and from trespasses and intruders.
  • Submit a budget of his office's estimated expenses for the next fiscal year including payment of premiums on the bonds and insurance necessary to protect the interest of the county. (i.e. bonds for liability insurance, insurance against false arrest charges, insurance against false imprisonment charges, theft, fire, and other hazards insurance, and hospitalization insurance).
  • Keep books of every kind, maps, charts, and other things that may be donated to the county.
  • Keep the Mississippi Department Reports, census reports, statutes of the state, the Mississippi Reports, digests, and legislative journals assigned to his county in the courtroom of the courthouse.
  • Keep a jail docket noting the details of each warrant or mittimus of any person placed in the county jail.

Qualifications of Sheriff

  • The Sheriff is elected at-large and serves a four-year term
  • A sheriff is eligible to immediately succeed himself in office. 
  • Before taking office the Sheriff must meet one of the following qualifications:
    • Previously served as sheriff.
    • Had at least five years experience as a full-time enforcement officer.
    • Previously completed an applicable training course at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Academy or the Jackson Police
    • Academy within the previous five years
    • Attend and complete an appropriate curriculum at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Academy

Online Public Safety Resources

Jackson County Offender Watch

The OffenderWatch website can be used to search for and receive notifications concerning sex offenders in Jackson County.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety

The MSDPS website can be used to access numerous resources and information including:

  • Sex Offender Registry
  • Most Wanted Fugitives
  • State Highway Patrol
  • Homeland Securty
  • Narcotics Most Wanted

Public Safety Commissions andTask Forces

Representatives from the Sheriff's Department are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve the Local Emergency Planning Commission and the E-911 Commission.

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