Joseph Head, longtime chief deputy of the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department, has been named interim chief of the Yazoo City Police Department.
The veteran law enforcement officer, who has served as chief deputy since 2012, accepted the position Friday. Although he has been named interim chief of the police department, Head said he will also continue to serve as chief deputy for the county.
“The key thing is to bring back more community policing,” Head said. “We want to continue to build our relationship with the citizens as law enforcement officers. Once we gain that bond, we can build on respecting one another. That connection has to be made between the community and law enforcement officers. With bonds comes trust. And we have to do what law enforcement officers are called to do, as when we take the oath to serve and protect our citizens and their property.”
Head said manpower also stays firm on his radar, adding that the police department has to be fully staffed to provide adequate protection to the community. But he also said the respect and trust among officers is vital in that endeavor.
“There has to be respect within the department,” he said. “We have to be on the same page, and that is the only way to can continue to run successfully.”
He said the strong relationship among law enforcement officers also has to stretch across boundaries with all agencies within the community.
“We are all working towards the same goal; to deter crime,” Head said. “And we all have to uphold the law and perform our duties in a decent order. We can’t just do things we want to do, and there are challenges in upholding the law. But we have to abide by the law.”
Head said he is relying heavily on his faith in God in his new role and in life in general.
“You have to humble yourself,” he said. “It’s not about us. It’s about what God says. The Word says to love another, and until we learn to love one another, there will be chaos. You have to get out of the way and let the Word lead you. And I thank God for everything He has done for me.”
A native of Holmes County, Head began his career in law enforcement in 1992.
Head has a history of being involved in the community from participating in youth programs to singing gospel music at various events.