Juan Cloy took time to visit with the history students at Piney Woods on January 15, 2019, during the 1st and 2nd class blocks. During the opening minutes of his time, he introduced himself, yet refused to give professional background information.
He also specifically asked the students if they had access to the internet, to which they answered in the affirmative. He shocked everyone in the room when he stated he had eight children. The students stared at him to see if he would say he was joking; he wasn’t. He adopted children from both New Orleans (four) and Lafayette, Louisiana (two). Three of the children were addicted to crack cocaine at birth.
Cloy asked a lot of questions of the students because it was about getting to know them and prompting them to think. After about 15minutes, he finally granted the students permission to google him. Cloy has a well decorated career in law enforcement. He plans to use those experiences in his quest to become the next Sheriff of Hinds County.
Cloy is a former veteran police chief and police officer of 20 years, with 9 of the years assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force. He has experience working in the largest police department in Mississippi in patrol, background investigations, street-level narcotics, robbery/homicide, major investigations and as union president. While on the FBI’s Task Force, he
investigated large-scale narcotics operations, bank robberies, home invasions, high profile homicides, electronic communication crimes and public corruption.
He has expertise in leadership training; group intelligence skills: interpersonal communications: public and media relations: and collaborations with federal, local and state law enforcement as well as community and faith-based organizations.
When the students realized whom they were speaking with, they began to ask questions about some of his former cases. He was very straightforward in his descriptions of past events. One student inquired about special training or counseling provided to officers after they work terrible scenes. His response, after a brief laugh, was: “There was no special training or counseling. We moved on to the next case.”
The lecture was attended by sophomores and seniors, and it was an eye-opening one.