Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael K. Randolph will be the keynote speaker Friday, May 27 when law officers from across the state graduate from the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute (SRPSI) at Camp Shelby. The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Dolton Hall at Camp Shelby.
The SRPSI, one of four basic law enforcement training academies in the state, is affiliated with the University of Southern Mississippi. This graduating class includes 27 officers from police departments, sheriff’s departments and other law enforcement agencies across the state. All have completed the institute’s basic law enforcement training program.
Justice Randolph has served on the Supreme Court since April 2004. He was chairman of the Legislatively-created Justice Court Task Force, which recommended revisions to the justice court system. He also served as co-chairman of the Task Force for Youth Court Rules of Procedure, which developed a set of uniform rules of procedure for youth courts. He serves on numerous internal committees of the court.
Before his appointment to the court, Randolph practiced law for 29 years, first on the Gulf Coast, then in Hattiesburg. He graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1972, and earned a juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1974, where he served as president of the Law School Student Body.
Randolph was decorated for heroism in the Vietnam War, where he served as an air traffic controller with the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One. He was honorably discharged in 1967. During law school, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and attended the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I. He served as an attorney with the Judge Advocate General Corps, and was honorably discharged in 1975.
For more information about the SRPSI, online visit http://www.usm.edu/srpsi/or call 601.558.2172.