Olive Branch Police Receive Continued Accolades

Olive Branch Police Receive Continued Accolades

From a small town police station to one of the most prestigious departments in the state of Mississippi, growth and success has been the path for the Olive Branch Police Department.
OLIVE BRANCH, MS (localmemphis.com) - From a small town police station to one of the most prestigious departments in the state of Mississippi, growth and success has been the path for the Olive Branch Police Department.

What started as a small department in the mid-90's with only 9 officers has grown into a force to be reckoned with, currently with 76 officers.

"We grew 838% since 1990, and it's been unbelievable the growth of not only DeSoto county but of Olive Branch and the department," said Chief Don Gammage.

Despite his recent election to Vice President of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police, Chief Gammage sees the growth at the Olive Branch Police Department as no feat of his own.

"We have a great staff here. I know a lot of times I get the credit, but it's really the people I surround myself with."

Whether it's tweeting or posting to Facebook, Gammage says social media has become a key part of the OBPD. In fact, the Gulf States Regional Center for Public Safety has recognized the department's Facebook page as one of the best in the country.

"One of the most important key things for me is social media," said Chief Gammage. "That's where we get out and interact with our citizens. We have over 13,000 Facebook fans."

It took almost two decades for the Olive Branch Police Department to reach this point. With state accreditation, Gammage says the improving won't stop here.

"When you start and when you're small, back in the 90's we didn't have structure, we did not have policies in place. Now we're one of the 15 stations in the state that stayed and accredited and nationally recognized."

According to Chief Gammage, the Olive Branch Police Department is now the 7th largest department in the state.


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