FAQs (HOW DO I…?)

When should I call 911?
9-1-1 should be used in emergencies only, when immediate police, fire, and/or medical assistance is needed. Examples of this are crimes in progress, crashes with injuries, or life-threatening situations. All other calls for services should be done by using the non-emergency number (228) 875-2211.

What are the Police Department’s hours?
The Ocean Springs Police Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, the lobby of the department is only staffed from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding city holidays). If assistance is required other than these times, there is a call box located in the back lobby of the police station.

Where is the Ocean Springs Police Department located?
We are located at 3810 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. The main phone number is (228) 875-2211.

How do I file a Police Report?
There are two ways to file a report with Ocean Springs Police Department:

Call (228) 875-2211 and an officer will be dispatched to your location (must be inside Ocean Springs city limits) to take a report.

or

Come to Ocean Springs Police Department at 3810 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Stop at the Records Department in the lobby, and ask for an officer to meet with you and take a report. You cannot file a report over the phone.

How can I obtain a copy of my Police Report? Is there a fee?
Accident/crash reports are available at a cost of $20.00 each. You may obtain these reports in person at the OSPD Records office or online through eCrash. Parking lot accidents are not on eCrash. They are available through our Records office only. The cost is $20.00 each.

Incident/crime reports are available on a case-by-case basis. Under no circumstances do we give out copies of reports that involve juveniles. The first copy of the incident report is free. Submit your request for these reports in person at the OSPD Records office. A valid photo ID is required.

Do you do background checks? How much do they cost?
Residents of the City of Ocean Springs may obtain a background check through our office at a cost of $15.00 each. Please note that this background check is only available to the requesting individual, and it only covers history within the jurisdiction of the Ocean Springs Police Department.

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 with the city limits.

Do you do Criminal History Checks?
The Ocean Springs Police Department does not accept requests for individual criminal history checks. You may obtain your Identity History Summary (aka criminal history check) through the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Systems Division. Please visit the FBI website here for information and instructions.

Can I get my fingerprints done at the Police Department?
Fingerprinting is available during limited hours, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Monday-Friday, and is subject to appropriate personnel being available. A valid photo ID is required. The cost is $15.00 for the first card and $5.00 for each additional card for the same individual.

How do I obtain information through open records?
Requests for copies of public records are handled by the City Clerk’s office. Please click here to be redirected. There is a standard fee of $17.00 per hour for research and $0.25 per copy. As allowed by law, we have 7 days to process the request.

What should I do when I see flashing lights behind me?
If you see flashing lights behind you, you should pull to the right and slow down. When an officer is trying to stop you, you should pull off of the roadway when it is safe and come to a stop. If you are stopped at night, turn your interior dome light on. Limit your movements inside your vehicle until the officer approaches and requests your license and insurance information. Understand that traffic stops are inherently unpredictable in the eyes of an officer, and reaching into your glove box, purse, or pocket as the officer approaches only adds to an already tense situation.

Can a Police Officer require me to exit my car?
Yes. More often than not, a Police Officer will ask the driver and passengers to remain in the car. However, a Police Officer has the authority to order the driver or passenger to exit the car. The United States Supreme Court ruled on this question in Pennsylvania v. Mimms, 434 U.S. 106 (1977) and Maryland v. Wilson, 519 U.S. 408 (1997)

Can a Police Officer search my car without my permission?
A Police Officer can search a motor vehicle with your consent, or without your consent with a search warrant, or without consent or a warrant given the officer meets one of the recognized exceptions to the search warrant requirement. Among these exceptions are probable cause, plain view, incident to arrest, and inventory searches.

What documents am I required to provide an officer on a traffic stop?
In the State of Mississippi, an operator of a motor vehicle must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

If I have a legally-owned firearm in my car, what should I do when stopped by a Police Officer?
The State of Mississippi does not require a firearms permit or registration of any kind for a person to openly carry a firearm or to carry the firearm in the person’s vehicle. If you are stopped by an officer for a traffic violation, it would be polite to inform the officer you have a legally-possessed firearm in the car. This is especially helpful if you have to reach the area containing the firearm.

May I record a Police Officer who has stopped me for a traffic violation?
Yes, provided your recording does not interfere with the officer’s duties, create a public disturbance, or create an unsafe environment for you or others, such as stepping out in traffic to accomplish the recording.

I got ticketed by the Police Department. How much does it cost and how can I pay for it?
Contact the Ocean Springs Municipal Court at (228) 875-5009 to answer your question. Their hours are 8:00 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, and 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (excluding city holidays).

What should I do if I’m involved in a collision?
Call 911, and follow the instructions of the dispatcher.

Can I get a TPO (Temporary Protective Order) at the Ocean Springs Police Department?
No. A restraining order can only be issued by a court.

How do I deal with theft?
To report a theft, call (228) 875-2211.

Most thefts are opportunistic, so make it more difficult for the theft to take place. For example, never leave valuable objects (laptop, I-pod, cell phone, purse, etc.) in open view inside your parked car. Make sure you write down all your serial numbers and identification markings. Place the list in a safe place or two -maybe a list at home, and email yourself at work. With the public’s help we can reduce thefts, recover more stolen property and arrest more thieves.

How can I speak to the detective/investigator assigned to my case?
Call (228) 875-2211.

Is it possible to get an extra patrol while away on vacation?
You may notify us that you’ll be gone, but the police department does not provide private security for your home, nor do we in any way guarantee the security of an individual property.

Does the Police Department have a neighborhood watch or a business watch program?
Yes. Contact the Deputy Chief at (228) 875-2211.

Who do I call to ask about someone who has been arrested?
Call us at (228) 875-2211 The arrest docket is public information.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1800, Ocean Springs, MS 39566-1800
Delivery Address: 1018 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564