Byron K. Martin was appointed the Major of the Office of Professional Standards on January 1, 2015. Major Martin has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience and joined the Atlanta Police Department in May 1986.
As an officer, he was assigned to various areas including Zones 3 and 5, the Atlanta Airport Section and Vice Unit. 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. As the Zone 2 Evening Watch Commander, he helped to significantly curb criminal activity and made a significant impact on fighting crime in the area.
In December 2008, he 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.
In June 2010, he was appointed to the rank of Captain and assigned as the Zone 3 Assistant Commander. As Captain, he created valuable partnerships and encouraged assertive policing techniques that resulted in an overall crime reduction rate of 19 percent during his first two years. 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 (COPS). In this position, Major Martin led several divisions including the Community Liaison Unit with 50 sworn officers dedicated solely to proactively fighting crime while partnering with the community. The COPS section also included two full-time police officer liaisons to work with the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and several Spanish speaking officers in the Hispanic liaison Unit.
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.