Shows retires after 26 years with Vicksburg Police Department

Published 11:38 am Thursday, November 4, 2021

After more than 26 years of service to the community, Lt. Joseph Shows has retired from the Vicksburg Police Department.

There were too many stories to recall, but one did have an impact on Shows’ life.

“I was looking for a DUI driver and hit him head-on on an overpass going to 61 North,” Shows said. “I was out for several months with knee surgery and had several stitches in my elbow.”

It was a traumatic event at the time, he said, but the former police lieutenant can now laugh about the fact he caught his man.

Becoming a police officer had been a childhood dream for Shows.

“I just always liked officers and the persona and image they have,” he said. “And I like doing stuff to help somebody.”

Shows said he also liked how it made him feel when people appreciated what he did for them.

“It just made me feel really good,” he said.

Now after 26 years and nine months of serving on the Vicksburg Police Department, Shows has retired from the department.

“There have been a lot of fun times and I feel very honored,” Shows said following his retirement.  “If you look at the people coming through the police department, there are very very few compared to those numbers that stay and make a career and actually retire from the department. So I am humbled and honored to be joining those few that have made a career out of it.”

When Shows first joined the VPD he started out as a patrolman and worked the streets.

In 2012, he moved to the traffic division for about a year until he made sergeant.

“Then two years later, I moved back to patrol as watch commander,” he said.

Shows continued up the chain of command and retired as a lieutenant watch commander.

Retiring is “bittersweet,” Shows said.

“I won’t miss the calls, but I will miss the people that I worked with for so long. After 26 years you really get to know people and they are just as much family as your own family,” he said.

Shows plans to begin a new career at ERDC working in security.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

email author More by Terri Cowart