A former law enforcement officer with more than 30 years of professional experience now teaches Law and Public Safety I and II at the South Tippah School District.
Mo Graddy, a native of Kentucky, brings a wealth of real-world knowledge and first-hand experience to the school district after a long career in public service. He was elected Ripley’s police chief in 2007 after serving with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for almost 29 years. Graddy earned a degree in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University in 1980.
Local residents are supporting Graddy’s classroom with private donations, and those funds helped purchase a demonstration radio system and other health and safety equipment. Future donations will purchase a golf cart for students to use in mock traffic stops in the career and technical center’s parking lot.
“I would personally like to thank members of the community for the generous donations to our law and public safety classes. One of our main focuses this year in our LPS program is re-establishing much-deserved respect for not only our law enforcement, but all of our public servants,” said Tippah Career and Technology Center Director Tony Elliot. “These donations go a long way in providing equipment to increase students’ knowledge of how important law enforcement is to our society.”