As sworn law enforcement officers and civilians, we strive to provide effective and reliable police services to the citizens, merchants, and visitors of our City. Together, we can identify and resolve issues that affect the safety and security of our community.
Chief Mark S Dunston leads the Ocean Springs Police Department (OSPD). He directs operations with the assistance of a Deputy Chief, three Captains, and an Executive Assistant. This administrative team oversees patrol, traffic, investigations, animal control, dispatch, records, warrants, the reserve officer program, training, and accreditation.
Police Records Office
The Records Office is the first point of contact for OSPD visitors. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, unless otherwise posted. Records Clerks assist the public with obtaining copies of accident/crash reports, incident reports, local background checks, fingerprinting, and more.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT PAYMENTS
The Records Office accepts payment only for Accident Reports, Fingerprint Cards, and other records fees, but not for Court fines or fees. For information about payment of Ocean Springs Municipal Court fines and fees, see the Municipal Court's web page.
The Records Office accepts only EXACT CHANGE and only CASH or MONEY ORDERS. We also do not accept any bill higher than $20. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Accident/crash reports are available online for a cost of $25 each through the State of Mississippi eCrash portal. They also are available at a cost of $20 each when you request in person at the OSPD Records Office. NOTE: Parking lot accidents are not on the eCrash portal; they are available only through our Records Office, and the cost is $20 each. See above for Important Notes about Payments.
Incident/crime reports are available to involved parties on a case-by-case basis. The first copy of an incident report is free. Submit your request for these reports in person at the OSPD Records Office. Valid photo ID is required. NOTE: Under no circumstances do we give out copies of reports that involve a juvenile.
The Ocean Springs Police Department will do public fingerprinting (for employment, licensure, etc.), but only during certain hours, if no arrestee is being booked/fingerprinted at that time, and if appropriate personnel is available. Subject to these conditions, public fingerprinting hours are as follows:
- Mondays: 10 am to 11 am
- Tuesdays: 10 am to 11 am
- Thursdays: 10 am to 11 am
- Fridays: 10 am to 11 am
- No public fingerprinting will be available on holidays when the Records Office is closed.
- Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
The cost is $15 for the first card and $5 for each additional card for the same individual on the same visit. A valid photo ID is required. See above for Important Notes about Payments.
Notice: Ocean Springs Police Department is not affiliated with Fieldprint or any other third-party scheduler or payment processor for public fingerprinting (for licensure, employment, etc). Ocean Springs Police Department receives the public fingerprinting fee only in person and at the time of service. We do not make appointments for this service.
Local Background Checks (Ocean Springs Police Jurisdiction Only)
Residents of the City of Ocean Springs (inside City limits) may obtain a personal, local background check through our Records Office at a cost of $15 each. This background check covers only on the requesting individual’s history within the jurisdiction of the Ocean Springs Police Department. You cannot obtain a background check on someone other than yourself. Valid photo ID is required. See above for Important Notes about Payments.
NOTE: An Ocean Springs mailing address does not necessarily mean that you live within the city limits of Ocean Springs. Background checks are available only to residents within the City limits.
After Hours Beach Parking Permits
Parking on Front Beach Drive and East Beach Drive is restricted to the hours of 6 a.m.-10 p.m. unless you have an After Hours Beach Parking Permit from the OSPD. Typically, these would be used for those who fish or crab in the late night or pre-dawn hours. There is no cost for these permits, and each permit is good for a single night/morning. For more information, call our non-emergency number at 228-875-2211.