Criminal Investigation Division
The Marion Police departments Criminal Investigation section consist of three criminal investigators. Both have been schooled in various techniques of crime detection, investigation and prosecution. They are charged with investigating 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 13 years. Previously he worked for SimplexGrinnell, a subsidiary of Tyco International as a senior technical analyst where he utilized his degree in Electronics.
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. 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 four years is a local dentist and they have two teenage children, Dalton and Brooke.
Detective Mark "MAC" McDougal
Detective John Scola
Assistant Chief Gerald (GB) Martin
Assistant Chief Gerald Martin retired from the West Memphis Police Department at the rank of Lieutenant after over 28 years of service with the City of West Memphis.
The first 7 1/2 years of his service was with the West Memphis Fire Department.
As with each officer starting in the police Department, he spent the first 2 1/2 years in uniform patrol and then was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. During his tenure as an investigator he was promoted to Sgt and then Lt, the rank he held when he retired in 1993.
After a tenure with the Carroll County Sheriff's Department in Northwest Arkansas, he came to the Marion Police Department and began as a uniform patrolman and worked in that division as well as investigations for approximately one year before leaving for a 5 year stint in the public area of work and then came back to the Marion Police Department as an investigator in August of 1999.
Martin was promoted to Assistant Chief on July 27,2011 and is second in command under Chief Gary Kelley.