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Narcotics Division

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division is comprised of a Commander and a number of narcotics agents who are specifically trained  in detection, investigation and prosecution of crimes involving illegal narcotics. The primary goal of our Narcotics Division is to identify, disrupt and arrest persons who manufacture, smuggle, distribute and/or assist in the distribution of illegal drugs, resulting in the violator’s criminal prosecution. There are many specialized tactics and resources our Narcotics Division uses on a daily basis to accomplish its goals which include reactive criminal investigations and proactive narcotics operations against drug law violators.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division proudly works closely with its partner agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on the federal level, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) on the state level, and other local law enforcement agencies. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division currently has an agent assigned to the DEA Task Force based in Gulfport, and has narcotics agents from local municipalities assigned to our Narcotics Division.  The assignment of these other local narcotics agents enhances communication between all agencies so information, manpower and other resources are better utilized to facilitate the efficiency in bringing drug law violators to justice while continuing to protect and while continuing to protect and serve the citizens of Hancock County. 

 
Commander Willam Covington

Commander William Covington was appointed to his current position in March of 2019 by Sheriff Ricky Adam. In 1991, Commander Covington began his law enforcement career by working as a patrol officer at the Northport (AL) Police Department. While working for as a patrol officer, he studied at the University of Alabama obtaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He then attended law school at Oklahoma City University, earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1997. While in law school, he practiced law as a licensed legal intern at the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office, eventually becoming one of 55 full-time Assistant District Attorneys, and was ultimately assigned to the Narcotics Division, prosecuting hundreds of felony narcotics cases in a large metropolitan jurisdiction. In 2001, after returning home to Mississippi, Commander Covington continued to practice both civil and criminal law. In 2009, he began volunteering as a Hancock County reserve officer. In 2010, Commander Covington made the decision to return to full-time law enforcement and accepted a position as a patrol officer at the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. He was soon promoted to patrol sergeant, and eventually was assigned to the position of narcotics agent in 2013.
In 2016, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Narcotics Division. During Commander Covington's career, he has attended basic and specialized law enforcement training at the University of Alabama Law Enforcement Academy, University of Montevallo, University of Houston, Regional Counterdrug Training Academy-Meridian, MS, FBI Command College, DEA Drug Unit Commander Academy and New Mexico Tech EMTRC. Commander Covington also serves as an instructor at the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Reserve Academy in a variety of subject areas, including Search and Seizure, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Civil Liability. In addition to leading the Narcotics Division, Commander Covington is also charged with responsibilities of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Division which includes the Canine Division, Criminal Interdiction Division, Special Response Team, and the Dive Team.
 
Special Response Team

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) consists of deputies who are specifically trained and equipped to respond to critical /high risk incidents. These critical/high risk incidences are deemed to be beyond the scope of the normal first responder’s training and capabilities. Examples of deployment of the SRT include high risk search and arrest warrants, barricaded suspect, hostage situation, active shooter, violent crimes in progress as well as mutual aid to requesting agencies.

The SRT consists of an entry team, sniper/counter-sniper team and negotiation team. Individual SRT members attend specialized training and regularly schedule training as a team. SRT members are required to meet advance training requirements as well as advanced physical fitness and marksmanship standards to remain vigilant in accomplishing their primary mission of protecting lives in critical/high risk incidents.

 
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