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The Accreditation Division consists of the Accreditation Manager and six School Resource Officers. The Accreditation Lieutenant reports directly to Sheriff Billy Sollie.

Lt. Marissa Combs

Lt. Marissa Combs standing in front of the flag of the United States of America. 

Lt. Marissa Combs is a 2007 graduate of Purdue University with a double major Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English. She began her career at the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department in 2008.

Marissa began her career on night shift patrol, continuing until 2011, and then becoming a School Resource Officer for Northeast High School. As a School Resource Officer, she was the law enforcement liaison between the Sheriff's Office and Northeast High School. In addition to becoming a School Resource Officer, Lt. Combs also completed D.A.R.E. officer training and began teaching at Northeast Middle School. During that time, she became very involved in the Sheriff's Office Explorer Post creating and maintaining a Facebook page for the Post, and subsequently taking over maintenance of the Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

In 2013, Marissa became the full-time D.A.R.E. Officer, traveling to many schools throughout Lauderdale County. While in her capacity as D.A.R.E Officer, she helped teach College for Kids, organized the Special Olympics Torch Run, and participated in various community events with Daren the DARE Lion or the Explorer Post.

Marissa is now Lieutenant of Accreditation and Training, supervises the School Resource Officers, Part-Time Deputies, and is currently a TASER instructor.

Lt. Whitney Wright

Lt. Whitney Wright standing in front of the flag of the United States of America.
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Lt. Whitney Wright began her employment with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office in January 2012, as a detention officer. She became a shift sergeant in December 2012. Since 2014, she has served as Lieutenant of Accreditation and Training. Lt. Wright holds various training certifications which allow her to train and certify the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office Detention Staff on-site. She is also currently serving as Vice President of Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators (MAGI) for the Central Mississippi Region and LCSO Supply Clerk.

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