Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office
The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office Organizational Structure consists of four divisions that include:
- Operations/Major Brian Fortenberry
- Patrol/Major Jared Woodall
- Criminal Investigations/Major Toby Pinson
- Drug Task Force/Major Greg Lea
- Detention Facility/Major Melissa McCarter
Each major reports to Sheriff Ward Calhoun, III.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for law enforcement functions within the county. The City of Meridian Police Department patrols within the city limits with assistance from the Sheriff’s Department.
The mission of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office is to maintain social order and provide professional law enforcement services to citizens in the community, within prescribed ethical, budgetary, and constitutional constraints. This department strives to enforce the law and maintain order in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing the need for justice, and consistent appearance of justice. The Sheriff recognizes that no law enforcement agency can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves. The department actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce and limit the opportunities for crime and to assist in bringing to justice those that break the law.
The agency utilizes the latest hardware, software, and computer applications such as Facebook, Crime Stoppers 24/7, VINE notification network, Kimble’s Commissary phone ordering service, and Ally Telecom Group.