The Biloxi Police Department has a rich history of providing quality law enforcement services to the community with the earliest records showing Peter Flanagan as the City Marshall in 1841. The ensuing years witnessed several changes in the Police Department, including the 1897 expansion of the department to three officers under the leadership of Biloxi Town Marshall Charles W. Blake; the first recorded reference to a “Police Chief” in 1914 during Louis Staehling’s tenure; the city council’s 1917 discussion on whether the department’s first new vehicle should be a motorcycle or “patrol wagon”; the first new physical police department, established in 1928 on the first floor of the new city hall building; the Biloxi Police Department’s employment of 36 people in 1953; the newly established Biloxi Police Academy in 1979; and the 1993 selection of Tommy Moffett as the city’s first African American Police Chief.
In Nov 2009, Mayor A.J. Holloway appointed John B. Miller as the department’s 28th Chief of Police.
Chief Miller is responsible for the daily administration of law enforcement services to the community and the management of a $16 million dollar annual budget. His staff is comprised of 128 sworn officers and 50 civilians.
The department continues to evolve as one of the most progressive and well rounded police departments in the state under Chief Miller’s leadership, having been recognize nationally and accredited through the state since 2010.