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.
Interim Chief of Police
Danny Selover is originally from South Amboy, New Jersey but moved to Pascagoula in 1983 when his father, Gary, became fire chief at Chevron Pascagoula refinery. He is a 1986 graduate of Pascagoula high school, and he joined the Gautier police reserves in 1992. In 1993, he was hired as a full-time police officer with the Gautier Police Department. In 1997, he was promoted to patrol lieutenant, and in 2007 he was promoted to patrol captain. In 2012, he was reassigned administrative captain under former Chief Dante Elbin. In March 2020, Selover was selected as Interim Chief of Police. Danny and his wife, Cheryl, were married in 1996, they have three children Corey, Lacey, Peyton, and three grandchildren.
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, community events and enforcing traffic laws throughout the city. Capt. Wilson is in charge of continuous training and education of the Gautier Police Department Officers as required by the Mississippi Office of Standards and Training.
The Administration Division is responsible for administrative duties, equipment inventory, and maintenance.
Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division is supervised by Lt. Jerry Killingsworth and Sgt. Jothan Hunter. 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 attached to a federal initiative
program, HITDA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).
Officer McQuagge and his K-9, Tess, are responsible for proactive drug enforcement along Interstate 10 and fugitive tracking.
The purpose of the HIDTA program is to reduce drug trafficking and
production in the United States by:
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.