Police Department

Chief Dewyane Tennie, Sr.                               Captain Cindy Barr / Captain Chris Smith

Animal Control | Property Protection | Department Staff 


Chief Dewayne Tennie, Sr. was appointed to lead the city’s force of 27 law enforcement officers engaged in various aspects of police work on Friday, April 3, 2015.  Officers are dispatched through the county-wide E-911 system in the Marion County Communications Center.  The Police Department protects over seven square miles and more than 7,000 residents.  Additionally, there are Team A and Team B neighborhood Crime Watch programs. Team C and Team D neighborhood Crime Watch programs are being developed, which will result in city-wide neighborhood Crime Watch coverage.  Chief Tennie wants the citizens of the great City of Marion to know he has an open door policy. He’s looking forward to working with the citizens to make the city safe.

Mission Statement

Officers shall preserve the peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, apprehend criminals, recover lost or stolen property, and enforce in a fair and impartial manner all federal, state, and city laws.

Officers shall serve the public by direction, counsel, and in other ways that do not interfere with discharge of their law enforcement responsibilities. Officers shall respect and protect the rights of individuals and perform their service with honesty, zeal, courage, fidelity, and sound judgement.

Officers, in accomplishing their mission, shall recognize that the power of the Police Department to fulfill their existence lies in their ability to secure and maintain public respect. To secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public also means obtaining the willing cooperation of the public in the task of observing the laws. The extent to which the cooperation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately to the use of physical force in achieving Law Enforcement objectives. The test of Law Enforcement efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder.