Colonel Charles Haynes

As the Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Assistant Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Charles Haynes oversees the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy, the Commercial Transportation Enforcement Division, and Administrative Operations for the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Colonel Haynes was previously serving as the Lt. Colonel and Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Haynes has nearly 20 dedicated years of law enforcement experience including work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a graduate of Mississippi Highway Patrol Cadet Class # 57 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Class 276. 


“I want to congratulate Lt. Colonel Haynes on his promotion. I have the utmost confidence in his ability and integrity, and I’m confident that he will continue to lead the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and the distinguished men and women who serve in the organization, to new heights..." said Governor Tate Reeves. 

“Charles Haynes brings an unwavering dedication to his work and carries an abundance of experience in law enforcement. As he steps into the role of Colonel of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, his proven track record promises a future of strong leadership, safety, and progress for our state,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “I am proud to announce him as the new Colonel and excited to see the future of the agency.”