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Training Captain Darryl Russell

Captain Darryl Russell was appointed to his current position in March of 2019 by Sheriff Ricky Adam. In 2007, Captain Russell attended the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Reserve Academy and began working in local law enforcement as a Reserve Officer for the Waveland Police Department. After six months of working he accepted a position as a full time police officer at the Waveland Police Department. In 2008, Captain Russell attended the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy in Pearl, MS becoming a full time officer for the City of Waveland. He continued to serve the citizens of Waveland as a patrol officer until October 2012. During Captain Russell's career at Waveland Police Department, he was recognized several times as Officer of the Month, as well as recognized by the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety for dedication to Seatbelt Safety Laws and Child Restraint Laws. He later became an Internationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and Instructor. While working patrol, his collateral duties included serving on the Waveland Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Team and the Mounted Patrol Unit. In 2012, Captain Russell took a full time deputy position with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and was assigned to the City of Diamondhead Division.

He was one of the first deputies assigned to the Diamondhead Division and was instrumental in establishing the Division. After a year of serving in the Diamondhead Division in its inception, he was promoted to the Narcotics Division as an Agent. In November 2013, Captain Russell took command of the Canine Division as a Sergeant. At the time he took command of the Division, it consisted of two full time deputies who utilized their personally owned canines. After one year as Sergeant of the Canine Division, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Canine Division. He continued to provide for the Division by assisting in the creation of the Hancock County Canine Operation, a 501-C3 non-profit organization. The non-profit allowed support for the housing, equipping and care of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Canines. Along with this support, it also allowed the Hancock County Sheriff's Office to provide these services to the citizens of Hancock County while saving the tax payers money and being physically responsible. By 2018, Captain Russell had expanded the Canine Division from two to seven deputies who handle Sheriff's Office owned canines. During his time in Narcotics, Captain Russell became a Task Force Officer with the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST). Captain Russell has attended hundreds of hours of training courses in continuing education, supervisor courses and is a recent graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Command College, Oxford, MS. Captain Russell also serves on the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Dive Team as an advanced diver, the Marine Division as a boat operator, and the Special Response Team as a Team Leader. As Captain of the Training Division, Captain Russell is the Director of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Reserve Academy. The Reserve Academy is comprised of training required by the State of Mississippi for persons seeking to become certified as reserve officers or those in need of required refresher course covering a variety of required topics in curriculum. He also serves as the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Field Training Program. Captain Russell also serves on the Police Benevolent Association board as the Vice President.
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