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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 Jeremy Skinner

In 1998, Commander Jeremy Skinner began his law enforcement career by enlisting in the United States Coast Guard Reserves as a part of a Port Security Team until 2006.  During his tenure serving his country, Commander Skinner deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2000, Commander Skinner began working in local law enforcement as a reserve officer for the Pass Christian (MS) Police Department. In 2001, Commander Skinner accepted a full time position with the Waveland (MS) Police Department (WPD) as a patrol officer ultimately becoming a narcotics investigator where he remained for eight (8) years.  During this time, Commander Skinner was assigned the to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force which afforded the opportunity to be exposed to numerous specialized classes to include advanced narcotics training and clandestine laboratory investigations.  This opportunity provided valuable experiences and established ongoing working relationships with other professionals within the law enforcement community. In addition, Commander Skinner collateral duties included being a team member of the WPD SWAT Team culminating to becoming the Team Commander. 
In 2011, Commander Skinner, to advance his law enforcement experience,
accepted a position as a Deputy Sheriff working for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Melvin Brisolara.  With the election of Sheriff Rick Adam, in 2012, Commander Skinner accepted the position of the Narcotics Director at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.  Under Commander Skinner’s leadership, the Narcotics Division fosters a close working relationship with federal, state and local partners as well as open lines of communication with the District Attorney’s Office to ensure successful prosecution of submitted cases.  Most of all, his leadership demands the Narcotics Division to focus its efforts to stay in tune with the concerns of our citizens.
Commander Skinner is also charged with the responsibility of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division which includes the Canine Division, Criminal Interdiction Unit and the Special Response Team.
Commander Skinner is a recent graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Command College, Oxford, MS.
 
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.

 
Canine Division

 

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Canine Division consists of multiple canines trained and certified in various disciplines to include narcotics detection, search and rescue, recovery and protection. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Canine Division utilizes Malinois, Dutch Shepard and Labrador Retriever breeds to perform these daily tasks.
Calls to service which our canines may respond to include executing warrants on dangerous persons, missing persons, tracking of an individual, pursuits, burglaries/robberies in progress, person with a weapon, narcotics or evidence searches and narcotics detection in our schools.  Canines are used to save time, manpower and create a safer environment for law enforcement personnel and the public alike.
All canines are certified through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) and the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDA) with two (2) canines being certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as disaster search and rescue canines. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Canine Division continues to hone their skills by participating in weekly organized canine training sessions.

 
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