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

Motorcycle vs. Car Crash Officers from Martin Police Department responded to Main St. at Travis Rd. in reference to a car versus motorcycle crash this afternoon at 2:32 p.m. A 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle being operated by Anthony Bell, 31 of Martin, was traveling west on Main St. A silver 2001 Daewoo sedan being operated by Daniel A. Reynolds, 38 of Martin, was headed east on Main St. and turned in front of the motorcycle as it made a left onto Travis Rd. The sedan struck the motorcycle as it was negotiating the left turn. The driver of the sedan was not injured, but the motorcycle operator was airlifted to receive medical attention for a non-life-threatening injury. There were no passengers in either vehicle at the time of the crash.

Martin Police Department officers and Tennessee Highway Patrol are investigating a multi-vehicle crash that occurred this morning at the intersection of Main St. and College St. At 7:09 this morning, Martin P.D. began receiving calls reporting the crash. It appears as though a 2015 Freightliner driven by Curtis Rugg, 48 from Holmen, WI, failed to stop at the intersection as it was traveling west on Main St. The tractor-trailer struck a 2002 black Chevrolet Blazer as it was crossing the intersection traveling south on College St. in the intersection. The Blazer was being driven by Katherine McKeel, 35 of Martin. She had four juveniles in the vehicle with her as passengers. When the truck hit the Blazer, it pushed it into a 2012 white Ford Focus that was sitting at the stop sign headed east on Main St. The Ford Focus was being driven by Nancy Gonzalez, 36 of Martin. She had three juveniles as passengers in her vehicle. Ms. McKeel did have to be extricated from her vehicle by Martin Fire Department personnel. The driver of the semi was unhurt, Ms. McKeel and two of her juvenile passengers were transported for medical attention and one of the juveniles in the vehicle driven by Ms. Gonzalez was transported. All transported persons had minor injuries that were reported as non-life-threatening.

Please avoid the area of Main St. and College St., there has been a multi-vehicle crash at this location. It will be cleared in an estimated 45 minutes to an hour. Several vehicles and people were involved, but it does not appear that any of the injuries are currently classified as life-threatening. More details will follow as the incident is investigated further.

Tennessee Tractor Break-in Martin Police Department officers responded to Tennessee Tractor on 45 Hwy at 10:16 p.m. on Tuesday night (04/10/2018). A security alarm had been set off and when officers arrived, they discovered that an exterior glass had been broken and someone had entered the building. There was no one at the location when the officers arrived and after a manager came to the location, it was determined that several Stihl brand power tools had been taken. The total value of the items taken was $3,216.10. Security footage revealed that a full-size dark colored pickup was involved. This incident has been turned over to Martin Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. They are asking if anyone has any information about this incident to call (731)587-5355 or CrimeStoppers at (731)587-2611.

We at Martin Police Department would like to thank all of our communications officers for their awesome services. Same goes out to all communications officers in other jurisdictions! You are all super valuable and appreciated. Weakley County Sheriff's Department UTM Public Safety

Phone Scam Alert There have been several reports where the callers advise residents that they have failed to fulfill some type of court action and that they now have a warrant from the FBI, TBI, etc. These callers are obviously attempting to “phish” for personal information from the potential victims. At least one of the numbers involved is showing on caller ID’s as (800)484-7937. However, we do not believe that the calls are actually coming from the location associated with this number. These agencies do not normally contact citizens by phone to discuss an outstanding arrest warrant. The Martin Police Department is warning people to be wary of solicitors that do the following: • Do not provide an address or telephone number • Demand immediate payment • Refuse to provide detailed information pertaining to their organization • Threaten or advise that they will take some type of adverse action if demands are not met If you have any further questions pertaining to phone or electronic scams, feel free to contact the Martin Police Department at (731)587-5355.

Ready for 29th Session CPA to try out their crime solving skills tonight!! CPA polo shirts are here!!! See you guys tonight!!!!

Thanks to Capt. Reed and Ptl. Rogers for representing Martin Police Department at UTM Criminal Justice Day!!!!

Shots Fired Arrest Martin Police Department 03/31/2018 Martin Police Department Officer Clay Dean arrested Dexter Sowell, 34 of Martin at around 6:24 p.m. Saturday. Officers were on routine patrol when they heard a single gunshot in the area of 160 Old Fulton Rd. Officers Clay Dean and Nick Combs initially investigated the gunshot shortly after hearing it. They discovered that a black male in a white sedan had just shot towards a group of individuals near Park Place Apartments. No one was struck by the gunfire and the assailant drove off after firing the shot. Victims and witnesses told officers that the assailant, Dexter Sowell had come back to the location shortly after on foot and initiated a fight with some of the original victims. During this second incident, he had punched one victim while walking away. Sowell was located in the area by officers and taken into custody. His vehicle was located at 107 Knox St. and the gun used during the incident was located by officers after receiving information about its location. The weapon involved was a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun. Sowell was charged with Reckless Endangerment (involving a firearm), four counts of Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, one count of Simple Assault and Disorderly Conduct. He will appear for an initial arraignment on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Weakley County General Sessions Court.

Martin PD wishes you and your family a very happy Easter Sunday!

Getting things set up for another exciting night of CPA! Can't wait for the 29th Session to learn about investigations and to meet the K-9's!!!! See you guys at 6!!!!!😀😀

Huddle House Burglary Press Release Martin Police Department 03/28/2018 A burglary was reported this morning at 6:43 a.m. at Huddle House in Martin. An exterior window had been broken out and someone had entered the business. An additional window was found to be busted out of the office area and the office door was standing open. Police were also told that $537.52 had been stolen from the office. Officers discovered that a large rock had been used to bust the windows. Video footage was recovered and Martin Police Investigators began an investigation. Later this afternoon, a suspect was developed and they did locate and interview him. During the interview, he did admit to breaking in to the business and stealing the money. The offender is Rocha A. Kimmel, age 20 of Martin. Mr. Kimmel was taken in to custody and transported to Weakley County Detention Center for the following charges: Burglary, Theft of Property and Vandalism. He will be arraigned in Weakley County General Sessions Court on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

The Martin Police Department is proud to announce the recent graduation of Assistant Chief Phillip Fuqua from the 271st Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia. Assistant Chief Fuqua attended the prestigious school from January 8th through March 16th. Martin Police Department currently has four officers that have graduated from the FBINA. Two hundred and twenty-three law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico Virginia on March 16th, 2018. The 271st Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 18 international countries, five military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions. FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray was the principal speaker at the ceremony. Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. Since 1972 National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered. The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Ralph Cilento, New York Police Department, New York, New York. A total of 50,808 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.

Thank you to everyone that applied for the Citizens Police Academy. The class is now full, and begins next Thursday night.

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!!!!!!!😃