Scott McIlrath, Chief Criminal Investigator/Office Manager
Scott McIlrath began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a Reserve Police Officer with the Pascagoula Police Department. He worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. In 1987, he transferred to the Gautier Police Department. In 1993, He transferred to the Pascagoula Police Department and was assigned to the traffic division. In 1998, Scott worked as an Investigator for former District Attorney Jaye Bradley. Scott has extensive training in traffic accident reconstruction, death investigations, internet crime, computer forensics investigation, management and leadership. Scott is a member of the Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association where he serves on the Legislative Committee and the Curriculum Committee. Scott is a Life Member of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer ‘s Association and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Scott is a member of the Mississippi Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Scott graduated the 248th Session of the FBI National Academy. Scott also serves as the Office Manager.
Jason L. Smith
Jason L. Smith has dedicated his career to serving the citizens of Jackson, George, and Greene County. He began his law enforcement career at the State Line Police Department in 1995. In 2001, Jason became a Special Investigator for the Corrections Investigation Division of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and was assigned to the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County. In 2003, he was presented with the Extra Effort Award by the Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. In 2007, Jason was instrumental in the organization of the George County School District’s Campus Police Department. In 2009, he was among three officers to receive the Humanitarian Service Award from the Mississippi Department of Education. This was the first time this award had ever been given by the Mississippi Department of Education. Throughout his career, Jason has had extensive training in many areas of law enforcement, including Interview and Interrogation Techniques and the identification of street gangs. He has been a member of the Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators since 2009. Prior to coming to the District Attorney’s Office in 2012, Jason worked as a detective for the George County Sheriff’s Office, and most recently as a detective for the Moss Point Police Department.
Justin F. Grafton first began serving his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. He completed seven years in the Marine Corps with one combat tour to Iraq. Justin continued his service to his community and has over eight years of law enforcement experience. He graduated as the top graduate in his law enforcement class and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Justin has worked for the D’Iberville Police Department and most recently with the Moss Point Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.
Nickolas C. Crocker served in the Mississippi Army National Guard for six years. He completed a combat tour in Iraq in 2007. In 2010 he attended the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute as a self-sponsor, where he graduated at the top of his class. He began working as a police officer at the Gautier Police Department after he graduated. There he reached the position of Sergeant of the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2017, he transferred to the Biloxi Police Department. During his career, Nick has received training in criminal investigation techniques, search warrants, forensic photography, hostage negotiations, and evidence collection and management.
Wesley Hall began his law enforcement career in 1998 as an Explorer with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. During that time, Wesley was employed by the Biloxi Police Department to work in undercover operations targeting the sale of tobacco and alcohol to minors. In 2004, he began working for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department as a Community Service Officer (CSO) for the purpose of promoting a good working relationship between the community and law enforcement. In 2006, Wesley graduated the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy (MLEOTA) and began working for the Ocean Springs Police Department. During his tenure with the Department he held several positions which included Patrol Officer, Traffic Officer, Criminal Investigator, State Narcotics Agent (NTF) and as a Federal Task Force Agent (DEA). Throughout his career, Wesley has had extensive training in many areas of law enforcement, including Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Homicide, Narcotics, Leadership and management. In 2015, Wesley graduated the Task Force Officer coarse for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Quantico, VA. Prior to coming to the District Attorneys’ Office, Wesley worked as a Sergeant for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Campus Police.