Professional Standards Unit

Contact: 228-896-0661 or 228-896-0680

Captain Chad Elmore
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Lieutenant Chad Elmore was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi and a graduate of Gulfport High School. He attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College then on to the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology.


Lieutenant Elmore began his career in law enforcement in 2009 as a Reserve Officer with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Marine Patrol. He joined the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 as a patrol deputy, conducting criminal patrol throughout Harrison County.  In 2014 Lieutenant Elmore was the assigned Tactical Flight Officer for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit that was utilized for aerial surveillance and search and rescue operations. In 2016 Lieutenant Elmore became the supervisor over the Harrison County Sheriff’s Marine Unit and still assists the unit today. Lieutenant Elmore was then promoted in 2019 to Investigator with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division and in 2022 was assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations, Gulf Coast HIDTA as a Task Force Agent.


In 2023, Lieutenant Elmore transferred to the Administrative Division where he serves as the Lieutenant over the Professional Standards Unit. The division is part of the Administrative Division and operates under the supervision and direction of the sheriff and his chief deputy. The unit is responsible for conducting internal administrative investigations, applicant background development, and department staff inspections.


Lieutenant Elmore is married to his wife, Cailynne, and they have two sons.


The Professional Standards Unit is a part of the Sheriff’s Administrative Division and operates under the supervision and direction of the Sheriff and his Chief Deputy. The unit is responsible for conducting Internal Administrative Investigations, Applicant Background Development, and Department Staff Inspections.

Internal Administrative Investigations are a vital part of retaining a high quality staff and assist in assuring that staff members follow established department policy, rules and procedures. Applicant Development is the means by which the Sheriff’s Office conducts thorough background investigations prior to employment, a process critical in maintaining a professional workforce and significantly reducing costly turnover. Staff Inspections assure that divisions within the department are adhering to operating procedures as well as properly maintaining issued equipment.

Allegations of Deputy and civilian employee misconduct are investigated by the Professional Standards Unit and the findings reported directly to the Sheriff and his Chief Deputy. In addition, the Professional Standards Unit reviews and conducts follow-up investigations in regards to employee commendations and/or citizens’ complaints, both of which are available as a means of providing the Sheriff with information about employee conduct observed by the public.

The forms with which to make an employee commendation or file a citizen complaint can be downloaded by selecting the links below. These forms are forwarded to the Sheriff who then assigns the commendation/complaint to a Supervisor or the Professional Standards Unit for follow-up.

Download Commendation Form
Download Complaint Form