Veteran cops return to Wynn-less HPD

Three months since former police chief David Wynn resigned, the Hattiesburg Police Department is welcoming two more familiar faces back to the force.

Veteran officers J.R. Burnett and Robert Teck officially rejoined the ranks Monday at a swearing-in ceremony.

Burnett, a 14-year veteran; and Teck, a seven-and-a-half year veteran, both left the force last July.

They were among an exodus of officers out of the department under Wynn's reign. Burnett and Teck are among three officers who've returned in recent weeks. Earlier this month 13-year veteran Greg Holliman rejoined the force.

"They will be a big influence in giving them some information in their street knowledge," says acting Chief Frank Misenhelter.  "They have a lot of knowledge that they can share with these younger officers and that's what we're trying to get back."

Misenhelter says he's received phone calls from other former officers recently. He says he will take a look at any officers interested in returning who left the force in good standing.

He refused to comment on whether there is a connection between Wynn's departure and the officers' return.