The Kingsport Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division encompasses the traditional investigations of crimes against persons and property crimes as well as the specialized investigations of vice and narcotics related crimes. The C.I.D. Commander manages four supervisors and over a dozen detectives who collectively investigate all major crimes reported to K.P.D. Detectives utilize conventional methods, state of the art technology, and good old fashioned police work to process crime scenes, identify perpetrators, and bring criminals to justice.
Lieutenant Martin Taylor received his Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Walters State Community College. He is also a graduate of the National Forensic Academy (NFA). He began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a Patrol Officer with the Church Hill Police Department. In the late 1990s he moved to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office where he rose through the ranks to the position of Patrol Sergeant and served on the S.W.A.T. Team. In 2007, he was sworn in as a Patrol Officer at the Kingsport Police Department. He soon transferred to the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division where he helped establish the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit. He rose through the supervisory ranks as a Detective, eventually serving as Detective Sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February 2021, and after a brief tenure back on Patrol as a Watch Commander, he returned to the Criminal Investigations Division as CID Commander.