Sgt. Mark Mooney (center) was recently named the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month. Mooney is a graduate of Pearl High School and Hinds Community College. He began as a reserve officer in 2000 and became a full-time officer in 2001. Mooney’s colleagues laud him as a great leader and supervisor for the department, and say he uses his years of experience to shape young officers into leaders like himself who represent the best part of law enforcement, community connection and commitment of service to the citizens of Pearl. Mooney was presented with gift certificates from area businesses, meals and other gifts. Mooney and his wife, Penny, have one son, Mason.