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 Lt. Freddy Williams
Officer Freddy Williams has been with the Marion Police Department full time for 15 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 Cpl. Paul Turney
Detective Sgt. Bobby Morgan