Bureau of Investigation

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The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI), by statute, has general police powers. MBI has the responsibility through the Criminal Information Center for coordinating, sharing, and exchanging information with other agencies on an intrastate level concerning intelligence and other criminal activities.  MBI is comprised of the following divisions:

  • Special Operations and Major Crimes Unit
  • Victim Assistance Program
  • Salvage Inspection Unit
  • Criminal Information Center (CIC)
  • Human Trafficking Unit
  • Crime Scene Unit
  • Cold Case Unit
  • Executive Protection Division

MBI Special Agents work closely with federal, state, and local agencies in the sharing of MBI’s expertise in information and crime scene management, training, crime prevention education, victim assistance, and any other resource to deter the criminal element.

Investigators are authorized by statute (Mississippi Code Ann. §45-3-21) to:

  • Carry firearms
  • Initiate investigations concerning any type of criminal activity
  • Execute and service search warrants, arrest warrants, subpoenas, and summonses issued under the authority of this state
  • Make arrests without warrant for any offense committed in his/her presence, or if he/she has probable cause to believe the person to be arrested has committed or is committing a crime
  • Make seizures of property pursuant to the MS Code


For MBI Press Inquiries:
Major Johnny Poulos


For Public Record Submissions:

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The mission of MBI is to investigate, report, and prevent criminal activities; to coordinate activities between federal, state, and local authorities involved in crime prevention and criminal investigations; and other related tasks as may be assigned.


The MBI is supervised by a director, two majors, and three regional captains.