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History is written as Penny Jones is confirmed as chief



Penny Jones (credit: City of Vicksburg)

A new chapter in history was written on Tuesday as the Board of Mayor and Alderman selected Deputy Chief Penny Jones to become Vicksburg Police Department’s first female police chief.

“Deputy Chief Jones is a dedicated and accomplished law enforcement officer with over two decades of extensive experience in public safety,” said Mayor Flaggs in an earlier press release. “She holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice and is nearing the completion of a Master’s Degree in Workforce Education. I believe Penny to be a qualified and driven individual with the experience necessary to make our police department the best that it can be.”

An Alcorn graduate, Jones holds a bachelor of science degree in liberal arts and a master of science degree in criminal justice. She has been an open advocate on domestic violence which led her to eventually head the domestic violence division for the Vicksburg Police Department. Jones joined the department in 1999 and was appointed to Deputy Chief of Patrol in 2019.

Jones was recognized by the Office of the Mississippi Attorney General in 2018 for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, receiving the Officer Response award. She has shared her experience on domestic violence in a YouTube video titled “Domestic Violence” Finding a Way Out.

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She has also been recognized by the American Police Hall of Fame as National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and was presented the Silver Star for Bravery and the Merit Award for Excellent Arrest.

Jones brings a lot of real-world experience to the table and will prove to be an asset in the position as Chief of Police.

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