Itawamba trooper named 4th District officer of year
By Cynthia M. Jeffries
In theory, it’s always rewarding when a person is recognized by his peers for the work he does, Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Letoris Shumpert said.
On Wednesday, Shumpert proved that theory when he received the Mississippi Highway Patrol 1996 Trooper of the Year award for the 4th District.
Shumpert, 43, was presented the award at a noon luncheon at Western Sizzlin restaurant on South Gloster Street in Tupelo. The luncheon and award were sponsored by the Greater Tupelo Exchange Club.
“You work and work and sometimes it seems like you are not appreciated,” Shumpert said. “It’s nice when they let you know you are.”
Shumpert, who patrols in Itawamba County, was chosen to receive the award from a pool of five finalists within his district. The district covers Alcorn, Benton, Lee, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo and Union counties along with Itawamba County and is headquartered in New Albany. All told, there are nine Highway Patrol districts across Mississippi.
Shumpert, a 13-year veteran, will now compete against officers from the other eight districts for the title of state Officer of the Year. That award will be given in May.
Staff Sgt. H.L. Kitchens, who handles public relations for the New Albany District, said the quiet, somewhat reserved Shumpert was chosen because of the number of arrests and citations he has issued, his work attitude and his level of professionalism.
“He always goes beyond the call of duty,” Kitchens said.
Shumpert, a native of Fulton, comes from a family of law enforcement officers. His brother, Quinnie Shumpert, is a MHP officer with District 5 in Starkville. Quinnie’s twin brother, Quinell Shumpert, is a police officer with the Aberdeen Police Department.
After the luncheon, Letoris Shumpert, husband and father of two, returned to what he does best – work.