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Posted on January 30, 2024 at 9:12 AM by Darren Musselwhite
On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, Brent Vickers will make Southaven history by becoming the first-ever law enforcement officer to spend their entire career with the Southaven Police Department while advancing through the ranks to be sworn-in to the top position as Chief of Police. His model sends a great message to all of our officers to remain dedicated to their training and professional development. Our appointment of him proves our commitment to the development and promotion of our internal talent.
Before his law enforcement career, Chief Vickers, a 1993 graduate of Senatobia High School, spent six years in the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1992-1998. He received a Bachelor’s of Public Administration Degree from the University of Mississippi in 1998 and later earned a Master’s of Public Administration Degree from Belhaven University in 2022.
His law enforcement career began with Southaven in 2000 where he has worked in various capacities including patrolman, juvenile investigator, traffic officer, SWAT officer, Patrol Lieutenant, Patrol Captain, Major of the Police Services Division, Major of the Investigative Services Division, and Deputy Chief of Police. He continued his education and professional development by completing numerous law enforcement seminars with the most notable being the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Trilogy and E-Trilogy, the FBI National Academy Session 280, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar Session 81.
Chief Vickers did not advance through our ranks solely because of his training, but also because of his commitment to excellence and service to others. His desire to see others succeed led to his certification as an instructor for the following skills training programs: ALERRT active shooter, Taser, Less Lethal, Executive Protection, Glock Handgun, Patrol Rifle, and FBI Firearms. During his career, he has received commendations for lifesaving, valor, meritorious service, administrative excellence, and other awards for training, service, and departmental proficiencies. He was instrumental in starting the body-worn camera program and improving upon many other policies and procedures for our Police Department.
When asked about his philosophy and priorities in his new role as Chief, Brent will tell you that he strongly believes that a servant-leader mindset is the key to formulating trust both within the community and within the department. He credits his mentors for our department’s success and hopes to build on the foundation of excellence established upon the backs of these great police leaders who have come before him. Providing fair and equitable law enforcement services to our citizens will be his focus along with collaboration with our citizens and other governmental departments to solve problems, ultimately leading to his straightforward mission:
Keep Southaven a safe place to live, work, and visit!
I can tell you from working with him and watching him for several years that we’ve got a humble man who sincerely appreciates the hard work and sacrifices of all the men and women who serve alongside him now as well as all those who have served in the past. He is a super-talented person with all the qualities needed to be an even greater leader in his new role. His character, training, experience, and commitment to excellence have prepared him for this day. There is no person I would rather have than him to lead us through the law enforcement challenges that lie ahead. It’s his time! He has my complete confidence and I’ll be honored to swear-in Chief Brent Vickers, then work with him to protect the future of our great city!