Rebecca Coleman, a former JPD Chief died on March 26th. Law enforcement officials are remembering a former Jackson police Chief who died on Sunday.
How did Rebecca Coleman die?
Coleman who led the Jackson Police Department from 2009 to 2013 passed away on Sunday. She was the second African American woman police chief in the agency.
Sheriff Tyree Jones of Hinds County claims that following her retirement, the two grew close.
Jones posted on social media that she “would always check on me and offer support as I continued to navigate through different ranks and opportunities.”
“We both loved Starbucks coffee and I’d look forward to receiving electronic gift cards from her for my birthday.”
On social media, Colendula Green also shared a memory in which she claimed Coleman offered her the chance to serve as JPD’s first female public information officer.
“While working in administration under Chief Coleman is where I learned so much,” she wrote.
JPD Chief James Davis shared his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the department.
“We cannot say thank you enough for your service and leadership to the citizens of Jackson and the Jackson Police Department,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
“May your family and friends find comfort in the memory of the strong and determined woman that you were.”
Who was Rebecca Coleman?
Rebecca was a former Jackson police chief and director of public safety at Jackson State University. Coleman was a member of JPD’s seventh recruit class and served in a variety of roles within the organization.
She also worked for other organizations, including the Texas police department. The Simpson County native claimed that becoming chief was her greatest professional achievement because it had always been her dream to run the department.
Being a young woman from Simpson County, Coleman remarked, “Who would have thought that I would live my dream and that was my dream?”
Rebecca was the second woman to serve as police chief for the JPD. Coleman was a dedicated law enforcement officer and administrator for many years. She was loved by her family, the community, and her peers.
Coleman served the Jackson Police Department for 20 years as a detective, sergeant, supervisor, and deputy chief of police after graduating from the Jackson Police Academy in 1974.
She left the Jackson Police Department in 1994 and temporarily held the position of chief at the Forest Hill Police Department in Texas before taking a position as the city’s assistant manager.
Later that year, she made her way back to Mississippi to take on the position of bureau head for the department’s office of programme integrity of fraud investigations.
She then rose to the position of head of the department of public safety at Jackson State University, where she no doubt attracted the eye of Harvey Johnson Jr., a former adjunct professor, who hired her as Jackson chief shortly after his return to the mayor’s office in 2009.
Rebecca Coleman cause of death:
Former JPD Chief Coleman passed away. Coleman’s daughter claimed that she passed away on Sunday. However, Coleman’s cause of death was not yet disclosed.
“I am a two-time survivor of cancer,” Coleman said in an interview at the time of her retirement.
“I was diagnosed with colon rectal cancer,” Coleman said in a 2013 interview. “Later I developed cervical cancer and I’m cancer-free right now,” Coleman added.
She served from 2009 to 2013 while Mayor Harvey Johnson was still in office. She additionally held the positions of an assistant city manager and chief of police in Forest Hill, Texas, during her tenure.
Tributes flooded social media after the demise news of Coleman broke out.
Tributes to Rebecca Coleman:
Therese Apel posted,
This morning I am grieved to learn of the death of former Jackson Police Chief Rebecca J Coleman. She was the chief when I first came to Jackson, and I remember her as strong and graceful and brave, though she didn’t always want to be on camera. ￼￼
For a small town reporter moving up to the big city, Chief Coleman was an inspiration, and embodied the toughness, humor, kindness, and fierceness that I wanted to learn so badly.￼
To Chief Coleman‘s family: She was such a beautiful lady, and she was truly a light in the dark world. God bless you all during this time, along with everyone who loved her.
Marilyn Hetrick posted,
I’m so sorry to learn of the death of a fine woman who cared about her city. Fly high Chief Rebecca Coleman!
Dana Coleman posted,
On the evening of Sunday, March 26, 2023 our angel Rebecca J Coleman gained her wings.
Latasha A. Willis posted,
Rebecca Coleman was the former chief of the Jackson Police Department in Jackson, Mississippi. RIP
Gallion Tan commented,
My condolences to you and your family Dana Coleman and Danielle Coleman.. Thank you for sharing her journey with us. Her strength to fight this deadly disease shined through every picture that was posted. She was such a beautiful person inside and out.
Her words of encouragement in my Law Enforcement Days with her will be held in my heart. She touched so many lives, may her memories forever be filled with happiness and joy . Much love and May God touch your hearts and cover you all.. I love you guys
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