Published on February 16th, 2022 | by Oxford Police Department

Oxford, Mississippi Police Officer Brandon Byrd Awarded the 2021 R.L. “Bob” Jones Officer of the Year

The Oxford Police Department would like to congratulate all of the award winners at the 2022 Oxford Peace Officers Officer of the Year Banquet. OPD and Chief McCutchen would especially like  to congratulate K9 Officer Brandon Byrd for winning Officer of the Year for 2021.  

“Officer Byrd is an extremely deserving winner. He’s incredibly hard-working and is as dependable as they come. We’re very proud of Officer Byrd and how he serves our great community,” said Chief Jeff McCutchen.  

Officer Byrd is the 25th winner of the R.L. “Bob” Jones Memorial Officer of the Year Award winner. The inaugural award was given out in 1997 to, now Lafayette County Sheriff, Joey East. Officer Byrd was nominated by two time Officer of the Year Award winner Lieutenant Kevin Parker, who won the award in 2013 and 2018.  

“I’m humbled and honored to have been chosen as the 2021 Officer of the Year, but by no means do I  feel that I deserve this award more than any other officer at the Oxford Police Department. I’ve simply  been blessed to work for a great administration, who I know to support me, and learned from great  supervisors,” stated Officer Byrd.  

“Also, I’ve been lucky to be a part of a shift and the SWAT team that expects a higher standard and  holds me accountable. Any achievements I’ve had are a direct reflection of them. This award truly  should have been given to my wife and little girl and the rest of my family, because without their  support, none of this would even be possible.”

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The Oxford Police Department is housed 715 Molly Barr Road. The department has more than 70 full-time officers and staff and provides a wide range of protection and enforcement services. The Police Department has a community-oriented policing philosophy and provides around-the-clock patrols. Other services include crime prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch and D.A.R.E., as well as specialized units including Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, DUI Enforcement and the City Dispatch. Crime Reports provided to The Local Voice come directly from the Oxford Police Department.

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