Major Byron K. Martin, a 28-year veteran, joined the Atlanta Police Department in May 1986. As an officer, he was assigned to various areas including the Zone 3 Police Precinct, Atlanta Airport Section, Vice Unit and Zone 5. In February 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as a Watch and Crime Suppression Unit supervisor in Zone 5. In May 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to Zone 2. During his tenure as Zone 2 Evening Watch Commander, APD was able to make a significant impact on criminal activity and fight against crime in the zone.
In December 2008, Major Martin was appointed to the position of Homeland Security Unit Commander where he managed several squads including the Intelligence/Organized Crime Squad, Cyber Crimes Squad, Electronic Surveillance Squad and Homeland Security Squad. While leading the Homeland Security Unit, Major Martin implemented several innovative improvements focused on enriching the quality of service provided to Atlanta citizens.
In June 2010, he was appointed to the rank of Captain and assigned as the Assistant Commander in Zone 3. As Captain, he reinforced the Department’s commitment to reduce crime and promoted the quality of life in partnership with the Atlanta community. He also created valuable partnerships and encouraged assertive policing techniques that resulted in an overall crime reduction rate of 19 percent during his first two years as the Assistant Zone Commander. He also served as the Police Coordinator for the Atlanta Braves and helped to successfully manage all off-duty law enforcement personnel for Turner Field.
In January 2014, he was appointed to the rank of Major and assigned to command the Community Oriented Policing Section.
Major Martin has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University and also earned a Masters of Public Administration from Columbus State University. Major Martin is a member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Georgia Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.