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 Joint Forces Training Center operated by the MS National Guard, eight miles south of Hattiesburg, MS.  The mission of the 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.  Individuals not being sponsored through a law enforcement agency may attend the basic academy with personal funds or financial assistance is available through WIN Job Center if all qualifications are met.  The SRPSI also accepts GI Bill and MPACT for tuition and fee payments.  Additionally, the SRPSI conducts in-service advanced and specialized instruction across the broad spectrum of law enforcement disciplines.  These courses are taught at the Camp Shelby location.  All courses are acceptable for meeting the municipal agency requirements for annual continuing education ("Johnny Martin") hours. 

One of five regional basic academies in the state, the SRPSI is the only police academy in Mississippi, which has successfully completed national accreditation 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 generally 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 0800 and "lights out" is at 2200.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For course offerings and reservations click on the "Training Schedules" link above or contact SRPSI at 601-266-6680 or by e-mail police.academy@usm.edu.