Law Enforcement

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office (601) 544-7800

                                 The Forrest County Sheriff is Charlie Sims

Sheriff’s Website

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office exists because the community, through government, empowers
the Sheriff’s Office to do a job on its behalf. The Sheriff’s Office and its employees are tasked to
function effectively, partly through personal endeavors and commitment to the profession, but
primarily because the community has faith and confidence in our ability to accomplish the task
of enforcing the laws of the land and responding to the community concerns in an honest and
impartial manner. The citizens of Forrest County are entitled to expect:

  • A Sheriff’s Office that is beyond reproach in matters of integrity.
  • Impartial and courteous services.
  • Open and honest communication that encourages trust.
  • Responsible management of Sheriff’s Office resources.

The policy of the department is to ensure that all employees maintain an exemplary standard of
personal integrity and ethical conduct in their relationships with other employees and the community.

Sheriff Sims is a career law enforcement officer with over 37 years of experience. After graduating
from the University of Southern Mississippi, Sims worked his way up through the ranks of the Hattiesburg
Police Department to the position of Chief of Police.

Under Sims’s leadership, the Hattiesburg Police Department was recognized for several accomplishments in
the area of community policing and the department was recognized as a law enforcement leader in the state.

After twenty years at Hattiesburg, Sims retired and went to work for the Mississippi Police Corps, a federal
scholarship program that trained college graduates in the field of law enforcement. Again, Sims worked his
way up through the organization and eventually became the National Director of Staff Development
for Police Corps.  This position involved training police corps instructors across the nation and conducting
assessments to insure compliance with police corps standards.

After five years in this position, federal funds were no longer allocated and Sims began his career at the
Forrest General Hospital Department of Public Safety where he held that position until being elected Sheriff
of Forrest County in 2019.

Sheriff Charlie Sims

Major Evan Henderson- Major of Corrections

Major Jamie Humphrey- Major of Operations

Captain Kent Banks- Captain of Direct Support

LT. David Ward- LT of Transport

Captain John Tryner- Captain of Investigation

Captain Tim Hartfield- Captain of Patrol

Sherri Marengo – Public Information Officer

Forrest County Sheriff’s Office
55 Arena Drive Hattiesburg, MS 39401

  • Dispatch:  601- 544-7800
  • Adult Correctional Facility  601-545-6148
  • Juvenile Detention Center:  601-545-6183,  601-545-6184

Official website for Forrest County in Mississippi.