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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. Erik Shirley

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Lt. Erik Shirley began his law enforcement career with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Alabama, in 2002. After working with the SCSO for three years, until 2005, he made the career decision to apply with the Meridian Police Department. Lt. Shirley was hired and worked until 2015.  While at MPD he advanced to shift sergeant and worked as an instructor at the training facility.

In 2017, Lt. Shirley was hired by the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office where he has worked patrol, been a School Resource Officer, and filled various law enforcement training roles. Lt. Shirley also takes the opportunity to travel the state training other agencies in how to respond to active shooter events.

Lt. Shirley has recently accepted the challenge of Lieutenant for Training and Accreditation with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office where he will continue to lead in educating law enforcement officers while working towards re-accreditation for the agency. 


Lt. Whitney Wright

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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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