Commitment of Department


The Petal Police Department is committed to the betterment of all the citizens who live and travel through the city of Petal. We take pride in ourselves on being a proactive police department, making the city a safer place for everyone. Our department is made up of several divisions which include patrol, traffic, investigations, and an animal warden.  We also have a strong support system in our civilian staff, which includes dispatch and an administrative assistant.


The Petal Police Department is currently operating under the administration of Chief Matthew Hiatt. Chief Hiatt feels strongly about promoting and engaging in community policing. Benefits of this program will bring the community and the police department closer together as well as make the community a safer place to live. It will also give the officers and the citizens an opportunity to get to know one another, with everyone working towards a common goal.


Mission statement

The men and women of the Petal Police Department are committed to excellence in partnership with the community by upholding the Constitution of the United States, the laws of the State of Mississippi, and the City of Petal. We acknowledge our responsibility to be role models by promoting diversity, building trust, reducing crime and providing a safe environment, thus enhancing the quality of Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness, Compassion, and Respect.


Letter from Chief Hiatt


On behalf of the men and women of the Petal Police department, I would like to welcome you to the City of Petal. The individuals of this department are well trained law enforcement professionals and civilian staff members. They are dedicated to providing our community with a high quality of service in a courteous and professional manner.


The Petal Police department is committed to the safety of the city’s citizens and visitors and look forward to developed relationships worthy of respect of the community we serve. A high standard of policing has been established and will be maintained. It is our honor to serve this city.


As your Chief of Police, I am committed to accountability at all levels. I am committed to a mutual respect and having an honest communication with the community. And I am committed in working with members of the community to enhance the quality of life that makes the City of Petal a desirable place to live, work, and visit.

Matthew Hiatt




Police Chief Matthew Hiatt

127 W. Eighth Ave.

Petal, MS 39465

Phone: (601) 544-5331