Criminal Investigation Division
The Marion Police Departments Criminal Investigation section consist of three criminal investigators. They have been schooled in various techniques of crime detection, investigation, interviewing and prosecution. They are assigned to investigate all crimes committed within the city limits of Marion as well as aiding and assisting other law enforcement agencies when called upon to do so.
Detective Sgt. Freddy Williams
Officer Freddy Williams has been with the Marion Police Department full time for 14 years. Previously he worked for SimplexGrinnell for 10 years, a subsidiary of Tyco International as a senior technical analyst where he utilized his degree in Electronics/Computer's.
On January 30, 2003 while on patrol, Williams sustained a gunshot wound to his face during a ‘routine traffic stop’. The details of that morning and the resulting trauma that his department and family suffered are replayed every year when he speaks to the new officer recruits at the Black River Police Academy in Pocahontas, Arkansas. In addition he has been invited by various law enforcement agencies to discuss ‘officer readiness’.
The incident was highlighted in the September 2007 issue of Police – The Law Enforcement Magazine and John Guzman’s book On Combat.
The commendations Williams received for his actions that day include: The Purple Heart, The Medal of Valor, a Commendation Citation Award, 2003 City of Marion Officer of the Year, Medal of Valor from the City of West Memphis, 2003 State Of Arkansas Officer of the Year Award presented by then Attorney General now Governor Mike Beebe, and 2003 Arkansas Chiefs of Police Officer of the Year Award.
That same year, Williams was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department where he actively serves today and utilizes his experience in both law enforcement and his training in computers and electronics. His wife; Debi of twenty six years is a local dentist and they have two children, Dalton and Brooke.
Detective Mark "MAC" McDougal
Officer Mark McDougal has been in law enforcement over 25 years.
1980 - 1982 McDougal was employed as a Crittenden County Dispatcher with the Crittenden County Sheriff's Office.
1982 - 1988 McDougal worked for the Arkansas Transportation Commission.
1988 - 1995 McDougal left law enforcement and began work as a Safety Director for Willis Shaw Express. During his tenure with ATC McDougal was awarded the Safety Director of the Year for the State of Arkansas.
March 1995 - October 1996 McDougal started his own trucking business McDougal & Vinson (MCV) Transportation.
October 1996 - April 2008 worked as a patrolman with the West Memphis Police Department then transferred to CID (Criminal Investigation Division) as a Detective.
April 2008 to Present, McDougal is currently employed as a Detective with the Marion Police Department.
Detective John Scola
Officer John Scola has been in Law Enforcement approx. 12 years, he started as a part time law enforcement officer in 2001 with the Marion Police Department. He was part of the group that attended the first part time law enforcement class Marion PD offered.
In 2002 after one year as a part time officer, Scola joined the Marion Police Department as a full time police officer.
In 2003 Scola attended the police academy at the BRTC police academy in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
In 2004 Scola went to work for the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy. Seven months later in January 2005, Scola returned to the Marion Police Department as a patrolman and joined the SRT (Special Response Team) at the Marion Police Department.
In 2010 after resigning from the SRT team he accepted a position in the the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) where he is currently a Detective.