Biloxi’s first African American Chief of Police honored tonight

This evening, the city of Biloxi paid tribute to its very first African American Police Chief. Tommy Moffett joined the Biloxi Police Department in 1973. He began as a Reserve Officer and worked his way up, earning the position of Chief of Police. He retired in February 2002.

Family, friends, city leaders, and community members gathered at the Biloxi Civic Center to pay tribute to Moffett. It was part of a Black History Month program, sponsored by the Biloxi branch of the NAACP.

Moffett tells News 25 he owes this grand achievement to the bravery of many others who paved the way before him.

“It didn’t start with me,” says Moffett. “Sure I was the first chief and the only chief of color. But think about the first officers that came on around 62 maybe. And what they had to endure. Think about the mayor that appointed me. His forward-thinking; I mean just always leaning forward.”

Special honor was also paid to other African-American police officers and firefighters during tonight’s program.

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