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City of Canton Police Department

The Canton Police Department is committed to maintaining social order and providing professional law enforcement services to the citizens in the community, within prescribed ethical, budgetary, and constitutional constraints. CPD is dedicated to protecting life and property while assuring fair and equal treatment to everyone.


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Otha Brown 

Chief of Police

Office Location

200 Park Drive

Canton, MS 39046






The mission of the Canton Police Department is to maintain social order and provide professional law enforcement services to citizens in the community, within prescribed ethical, budgetary, and constitutional constraints. The department strives to enforce the law and maintain order in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing the need for justice, and the consistent appearance of justice. 

The Canton Police Department recognizes that no law enforcement agency can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves. This department actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce and limit the opportunities for crime and assist in bringing to justice those that break the law. 

Employment Opportunities

The City of Canton Police Department is currently accepting applications for sworn law enforcement personnel and dispatchers. Resumes will not be excepted in lieu of an application. Applicants must meet the following prerequisite guidelines prior to being considered for employment:

  • Be at least twenty-one years (21) of age at the time of application.

  • Have a minimum of sixty (60) college credit hours of a two (2) year Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university or a combination of education, military, and/or law enforcement work experience to satisfy the requirement.

  • Be a United States citizen.

  • Have a valid driver's license and be able to obtain a State of Mississippi driver's license if from out of state.

  • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation. 

  • Successfully complete an oral interview board and interview with the Chief of Police.

  • Successfully complete a physical examination and drug screening by a licensed physician.

  • Be of good moral character as evident among other things by not having a conviction or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere  for a felony or for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. Moral turpitude is define as any conduct or pattern contrary to justice, honesty, honor, modesty or good morals that tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust and fidelity in law enforcement.

  • May not have tattoos, brands or intentional scarring or cuts which are visible while wearing the departmental issued short sleeve uniform. No obvious piercing of body parts with the exception of female applicants who may have traditional ear lobe piercings.

  • Be resident of Madison County and the State of Mississippi.

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