The Gautier Police Department provides law enforcement protection to more than 18,500 residents throughout 32 square miles of territory. The City of Gautier sees an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 additional motorists passing through its boundaries on any given day, as they travel Interstate 10 and Highway 90.
The Gautier Police Department consists of 42 sworn officers, 1 TAC officer, 7 communications operators, 1 records clerk and 1 administrative assistant. The sworn officers are assigned to duty in either Patrol, Traffic, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Crime Prevention, or K-9 Drug Interdiction.
Chief of Police
Dante Elbin was born at Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City, Philippines to Major and Mrs. Terry Elbin. He joined the United States Air Force after high school and moved to Gautier in 1993, after receiving an honorable discharge from the military. He and his wife, Kenna, were married in 1996 and have one daughter and one son, Avery and Ayden Elbin. His parents, sister and in-laws all reside in Jackson County. Dante began his employment with the City of Gautier in 1993 as a patrol officer.
Traffic and Training Division
The Traffic Division is supervised by Capt. Casey Baxter, and the Training Division is supervised by Capt. Scott Wilson. The Traffic Division is comprised of 3 officers. These officers work various duty hours covering six school zones, special details and enforcing traffic laws throughout the City. Capt. Wilson is in charge of continuous training and education of the Gautier Police Department officers.
The Administration Division is supervised by Capt. Danny Selover. Capt. Selover is responsible for administrative duties, equipment inventory, and maintenance.
Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division is supervised by Lt. Danny Patrick and Sgt. Nick Crocker. The Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of 7 investigators. Each investigator is assigned to either the 4-person investigations unit or the Narcotics Task Force.
The Patrol Division is supervised by Capt. Casey Baxter. The division is comprised of 4 rotating shifts consisting of 6 officers each. Each shift is supervised by a lieutenant and sergeant. Each officer is assigned to one of the four city beats.
The city’s drug interdiction officer is Officer Ben McQuagge. Officer McQuagge is responsible for proactive drug enforcement along Interstate 10 and fugitive tracking.
The reserve officer program is under the supervision of Capt. Scott Wilson. The program is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers. Reserve officers receive the same training as full-time officers and work alongside them in every aspect of department operations.
Extra Patrol Requests: Please contact the police department at 228-497-2486 if you need to request extra patrol.
Fingerprint Applications: Fingerprint applications are available by contacting Keisha Keyes at 228-497-8050. The cost is $15, cash or money order only. Fingerprint processing is available Tuesday - Thursday from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1-5 p.m.
Background Checks: Background checks are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. - Noon and 1-5 p.m. The cost is $15, cash or money order only. Please contact the records department at 228-497-8005 for further information.
Offense reports, parking lot crash reports, and accident reports are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m.- Noon and 1-5 p.m.
Police Reports: $10 (free for victim)
Parking Lot Crash Reports: $10
State Crash Reports: $20
All reports may be paid with cash or money order only.