The Southern Regional Public Safety Institute (SRPSI) is Mississippi's foremost Community-Oriented Policing academy offering up-to-date, quality training for today's modern police officer while remembering that officer safety always the #1 priority.  Established in 1987 the SRPSI is a direct reporting unit of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and is located on Camp Shelby, MS, a premiere Army National Guard training center eight miles south of Hattiesburg, MS.  The mission of the USM/SRPSI is to provide state-of-the-art, professional education and training through an 11-week, 480-hour, in-residence, basic law enforcement training academy.  Additionally through the Rural Training Program, the SRPSI conducts in-service advanced and specialized instruction across the broad spectrum of law enforcement disciplines to officers all across the State of Mississippi. These courses are taught at either the Camp Shelby location or at 64 state-wide sites where multiple agencies can send officers for the training closer to home.  All courses are accepteable for meeting the municipal agency requirements for annual continuing education ("Johnny Martin") hours. For basic police training academy, financial assistance available.

One of six basic academies in the state, the SRPSI is the only nationally accredited police academy in Mississippi, having received accreditation in November 2011 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the only professional standards accrediting body for all law enforcement agencies in the United States.  SRPSI basic academy is conducted four times a year in a dormitory-style training facility, and draws from an impressive pool of professional and seasoned instructors to teach the various classes during basic training.  Cadets report in on Sunday evening and stay through Thursday afternoon.  Class begins in the morning with physical fitness training followed by personal hygiene, inspections, and breakfast. The classroom day begins by 0800hrs and "lights out" is at 2200 hrs.

Refresher courses are offered and run concurrent with basic academy classes.  Refresher students only attend the basic classes that constitute the refresher curriculum.  Refreshers are not required to remain overnight at the academy.  Contact the SRPSI for more refresher information. 

The "Advanced/Specialized Training" mission is to offer free advanced, in-service, or specialized training to local, state and regional officers who might otherwise have to go long distances for in-service training. Several seminars, such as Instructor Development, Basic Investigations, Defensive Tactics, Crime Scene Investigations, Basic Communications, and others, are offered as demand dictates.  Agencies interested in hosting training in their area, or for more information, contact the Rural Training Coordinator at (601) 266-6683.  These courses are grant funded through the US Department of Justice as long as the funds are available.  Current classes will continue through at least June 30, 2014.      

Individuals not being sponsored through a law enforcement agency may attend the basic academy with personal funds or finical aid options are available.

For course offerings and reservations contact SRPSI at 601-266-6680 or e-mail police.academy@usm.edu.