Martin Police Department

  • Agency: Martin Police Department
  • Address: 101 University St, Martin, 38237 TN
  • Chief: David Moore (Chief of Police)
Phone: (731) 587-5355

Martin Police Department is located at 101 University St, Martin, 38237 TN. The Chief of Police of the department is David Moore. The Martin Police Department phone number is (731) 587-5355.

Martin Police Department News

Do you want to know more about our police department and what officers do on a daily basis? Sign up online today for our Citizens Police Academy at Cost is $20, and this includes the purchase of a class shirt.

The City of Martin Police Department is accepting applications for police officer. For more information or to print an application go to:

Martin Police Department will be hosting a new Citizen Police Academy Class. This year's class will begin at 6:00 pm on March 8, 2018. We are very excited to begin a new class and encourage anyone in the area that has not participated before to join us this time. Come join us in learning what we do on a daily basis and what you can do to be a better partner within your own community. Cost is only $20.00, and this includes the purchase of a class shirt. Applications will be accepted until February 23rd or until the class is full. If you have any questions about the class, feel free to contact Captain Eric Reed at or (731)587-5355 ext. 244. To apply online, go to or to print an application, go to

Martin P.D. wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year!

M.P.D. would like to wish everyone a very merry and safe Christmas!

Big thanks to Weakley County Sheriff's Department for inviting Martin PD to help with "Shop with Sheriff Smith and Justice" program tonight! We had a great time and really enjoyed meeting the kids!! Merry Christmas!!!

During the afternoon of 12/14/17, the staff and MPD SRO Jason Arant were made aware of information that a possible “hit list” had been created in reference to students of Westview High School via the app, Snapchat. An investigation was started in reference to the reports immediately. Several students who were added to the Snapchat account were interviewed and it was eventually discovered that there was an account and students were added, but no threat was made. This afternoon, 12/15/2017, MPD Investigators discovered a possible IP address associated with the Snapchat account. Subsequently, the physical location of the IP address was discovered. Through further investigation, a student from Westview High School was discovered to be responsible for opening the Snapchat account and inviting other students to join it. A thorough investigation revealed that there were no threats made and that the account was initiated as a joke that apparently fueled unsubstantiated rumors pertaining to school violence. There will be no criminal charges against this student and disciplinary action will be left to the discretion of school officials. Thank you to all Weakley County School officials and staff for their help and cooperation throughout this matter.

The Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association awarded Ptl. Garrett Grady with the Fall 2017 Outstanding Officer Award and Lt. John Cross was drawn for the $100 "Dean Vowell" prize!!! Congratulations to both!!!!!😃

Chief Don Teal and the rest of Martin Police Department would like to congratulate City Court Clerk Ashley Stutts for receiving the "MPD Employee of the Year" and SRO Jimmy Brown for receiving the "Officer of the Year"!!!! Great job to both!!!!!!!!!

MPD would like to say a big thank you to the Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association for a wonderful Christmas supper last night! We appreciate each and every one of you and what you do for us and the community!!!!!!!😃

The City of Martin, Kiwanis Christmas Parade is cancelled. It will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, December 5th.

Police Chief Don Teal announced the promotions of two officers at a recent departmental meeting. Sergeant Brad Cook was promoted to the rank of Patrol Lieutenant. Lt. Cook has been with the Martin Police Department for 11 years. Patrol Officer Chris Finch was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant. Sgt. Finch has been with Martin Police Department for 13 years. Both officers will assume their new duties immediately. Congratulations to both!!!!!!!!!😃😃

The Martin Police Department would like to announce Captain Eric Reed’s graduation from the Southeastern Leadership Academy this past Friday, November 10, 2017 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Southeastern Leadership Academy is a prestigious five-week academy that is held at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It is an extensive leadership school that is presented by the union of UTC and the Law Enforcement Innovation Center. Each week focuses around themed lessons: Foundations of Leadership/Leading Others, Leadership Skills, Building External Relationships, Employee/Internal Matters and Critical Issues. The academy, which is targeted toward middle management, will challenge participants to develop their leadership styles in order to become more effective and progressive leaders. This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs and is supported by Award #23123, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, USDOJ.

Martin Police Department thanks all veterans that served the United States of America in any of the armed services! Your service gave us the ability to serve you and the other citizens of our great city!!! Happy Veterans Day!

On 11/05/2017 at approx. 1:25 am, Martin Police Department and Martin Fire Department responded to the storage building complex located at 108 Strand St. after patrol officers noticed smoke rising from the area. Martin Fire Department extinguished the fire that had already damaged several units within the facility. Martin Fire Department and Martin Police Department investigators began an investigation to determine the origin of the fire after the scene was made safe. It was discovered that the fire started inside one of the storage units. The fire is being investigated as a possible arson. The State of TN Fire Marshall Fire Investigative Section was notified and investigators from that agency have since responded and joined the investigation. This investigation continues. If you have any information about this fire, please contact the TN State Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017 (information could result in a cash reward up to $5000), Martin Police Department at (731)587-5355 or CrimeStoppers at (731)587-2611.

Congratulations to our own Patrol Captain Eric Reed!!!!!! Voted as the 2017 Best Law Enforcement Officer in Weakley County!!! Way to go Captain Reed!!!!!!!!!😀

The Martin Police Department has been actively investigating a homicide that was discovered on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at approx. 9:13 am. Mrs. Barbara J. Higgs was discovered deceased inside of her residence located at 146 Brooks Drive, Martin, TN. At that time, a law enforcement BOLO was issued for a person of interest, her husband, Eric D. Higgs, also of 146 Brooks Drive in Martin. Upon further investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Higgs for the charge of Second Degree Murder on Friday, October 27, 2017. According to John Champion, the District Attorney for DeSoto County, Mississippi, on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at approx. 2:50 pm, officers from Hernando Police Department made contact with Mr. Higgs’ vehicle after receiving information from DeSoto County that he was on I-55 traveling their direction. Hernando P.D. officers attempted to stop Mr. Higgs’ vehicle and he failed to stop and fled. During this pursuit, Mr. Higgs’ vehicle crossed the median and traveled some distance towards oncoming traffic at speeds of 120 mph. The suspect vehicle struck a tractor trailer and wrecked out in the median of I-55. At this point, officers from multiple Mississippi agencies attempted to negotiate with the driver. Negotiations were unsuccessful and the driver was killed by gunfire. The driver of the vehicle was later positively identified as Eric D. Higgs. The officer involved shooting is still under investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

The Martin Police Department has been actively investigating a homicide that was discovered on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at approx. 9:13 am. Mrs. Barbara J. Higgs was discovered deceased inside of her residence located at 146 Brooks Drive, Martin, TN. At that time, a law enforcement BOLO was issued for a person of interest, her husband, Eric D. Higgs, also of 146 Brooks Drive in Martin. On Sunday, October 29, 2017 at approx. 3:53 pm, Martin Police Department received information that the Higgs subject may have been located in Mississippi and been involved in a police pursuit and an officer involved shooting. Currently, the Martin Police Department is awaiting an official statement from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation regarding the details of this incident. When that information is obtained by the Martin Police Department, we will be releasing a written press release in regards to this situation.

Update to previous post about Brooks Dr. homicide investigation: Victim has been identified as Barbara J. Higgs, 48 of 146 Brooks Dr., Martin, TN. MPD officers located her deceased inside of her residence after performing a welfare check on her because she was not a work this morning. Officers arrived on scene at 9:13 am. Investigation continues. Any information about this incident or the whereabouts of Mr. Eric D. Higgs can be forwarded to Martin Police Department at (731)587-5355 or CrimeStoppers at (731)587-2611.

Martin Police Department is investigating a homicide that has been discovered at 146 Brooks Drive in Martin, TN involving one victim. A request has been issued for law enforcement to be on the lookout for a person of interest and a vehicle that he may be traveling in. Subjects name is Eric D. Higgs, BM, 46 years of age, 6’2” tall, weighing approx. 200 lbs., brown eyes and black hair. He is possibly driving a 2016 Audi A3 sedan, white in color, bearing TN tag # 0G70H1. Any information can be forwarded to Martin Police Department at (731)587-5355 or CrimeStoppers at (731)587-2611. Mr. Higgs is pictured below.

The Martin Police Department and the Martin Fire Department joined forces at Family Fun Night at the Martin Elementary School and provided a child fingerprinting booth. Thanks to Martin Fire for helping us out with this event. Pictured from right to left: SRO Aaron Carter, FF Keith Newton, FF John Mitchell and MFD Lt. Freddie Winstead. Great job guys!!!!!!😀

The Martin Police Department would like to announce that two of our officers, Ptl. Scott Diehl and Ptl. Trae Vaughn recently completed the Crash Reconstruction Course. This is a mathematically intensive course that consists of three two-week courses. This is a very difficult and prestigious achievement for both officers. We are proud of both of them and they now join three other current members of Martin Police Department’s crash reconstruction team. Great job guys!!!!!!😀 Pictured from left to right: Vaughn/Diehl.

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