Mo Graddy, a former law enforcement officer with more than 30 years of professional experience, now teaches Law and Public Safety I and II for the South Tippah School District.
A native of Kentucky, Graddy brings a wealth of real-world knowledge and first-hand experience to the school district after a long career in public service. After earning a degree in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University in 1980, Graddy served with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for almost 29 years. In 2007, he was elected police chief of Ripley.
Local residents are supporting Graddy’s classroom with private donations. These funds helped purchase a demonstration radio system and health and safety equipment, as well as other necessary teaching implements. Future donations will purchase a golf cart for students to use in mock traffic stops.
“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.”