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Detective of the Year - Detective I Charles Martin, Serial No. 30784
Detective I Charles Martin, Serial No. 30784, was selected for Detective of the Year for 2012. Martin is a tenured employee who has been a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for nearly 20 years. During his tenure with the Department, he has worked an array of assignments which include uniform patrol, collision investigations (uniform capacity), and investigations as a detective. He was promoted to the rank of Detective in October 2002, after working seven years in collision investigations at Central Traffic Division. As a detective, he was assigned to Harbor Area, where he clearly illustrated his investigative skills. While at Harbor Area, he was responsible for investigating auto thefts, sexual assaults, and juvenile crimes. Because of his investigative skills and prior traffic experience, he was selected as a detective for South Traffic Division (STD).
Detective Martin has established himself as a top notch investigator. He was responsible for investigating felony and misdemeanor cases involving traffic crimes, fatal collisions, and responding to complex investigations during off-hours that required detective expertise. He handled his assigned duties in an exemplary manner. His investigations were thorough and well written. He completed any task asked of him and his productivity ranked highest in the unit. He is a team player and highly respected by his coworkers.
On February 3, 2012, at approximately 2:45 a.m., a fatal collision occurred on Florence and Dalton Avenue, where three individuals were killed in a horrific collision. Detective Martin responded to this collision during off hours, and provided investigative expertise. It was determined that the motorist responsible for the incident was under the influence of alcohol, and was driving erratic. The motorist lost control of the vehicle, collided into a fixed object, and killed three of the five passengers that were inside the vehicle. This case presented many challenges relative to identifying the driver of the concerned vehicle. The surviving passengers and driver were noncompliant and their statements were inconsistent with the facts surrounding the collision. Through DNA evidence, Detective Martin was able to identify the responsible motorist, and prove that the motorist was impaired at the time of the collision. This case is an illustration of Detective Martin’s ability to solve the most complex and challenging cases. The concerned motorist was found guilty and sentenced to multiple years in prison.
Detective Martin is a loyal and dedicated employee. He is a proud husband and parent. He spends countless hours with his family during his available time from work. Although, the majority of his time is occupied within the working environment, he has been quite successful with managing his personal and professional life.
Detective Martin is a native of Kentucky, where he attended Eastern Kentucky University. He received a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice. He served 15 years in the United States Army as a Captain. While in the military, he distinguished himself as a solid leader. His leadership skills have continued to prevail throughout his tenure with the Department. Because of the aforementioned qualities, he was selected to represent the Traffic Detective Section as Detective of the year.