Sgt. Daniel Martin set to retire from SWPD

By Felicia Whatley - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Mar. 22, 2012
Sgt. Daniel Martin is retiring from the SWPD. Photo courtesy of the South Windsor Police Department. - Contributed Photo

After 31 years with the South Windsor Police Department, Sgt. Daniel Martin will retire the end of the month and begin work on the Connecticut Innocence Project with the Division of Public Services.

“Dan knows the law, he knows how to communicate with people and he has always performed his job to the highest ethical standards. In a small department like ours, it is tough to lose someone with so much knowledge of the community and of the job,” said South Windsor Police Chief Matthew Reed.

Martin started off as a patrol officer and was selected to be a member of the Tri-Town Narcotics Task Force, which was a regional narcotics investigation unit inclusive of South Windsor, Vernon and Manchester. “He is one of the best criminal investigators. He knows every question to ask and does ask it. He analyzes every piece of the puzzle, whether it is going back to the scene, suspect, or witness to solve the crime,” said Reed.

After working the Narcotics Task Force, Martin came back to run patrols until he transferred into the department's Criminal Investigation Unit. He got promoted to agent and then a few years later to sergeant.

“Martin worked with me in a special assignment when we established a police presence at Evergreen Walk shopping center,” said Agent Jeremy Weiss. “We would curb off theft and bad checks. I have worked with Sgt. Martin for five years. He is a cop's cop, who really knows how to find the bad guys.”

Martin was appointed as the supervisor of the East Central Narcotics Task Force and then he oversaw the Special Enforcement Unit, which encompassed a team of three South Windsor officers responsible for serving arrest warrants and tracking fugitives. “He knows how to work with other agencies. Crime does not always stop or start in town limits. Dan has been good at communicating with other criminal investigating units around. Sometimes he would search in prisons or where they are employed to establish, 'Is this the person who did the crime?'” said Reed.

Throughout his career, Martin received many commendations. He created the department's anonymous crime tip hotline and implemented the department's Directed Underage Drinking Enforcement Program.

“He gets in the car and follows leads. It is good to have someone like him who has so much experience. He was good at taking care of snatch-and-grab larceny crimes. He loves what he does,” said Reed.

Martin was awarded in 1991 when he negotiated and disarmed a distraught man on Tumblebrook Drive and again when he assisted the investigation and arrest of four suspects in a Vernon murder case. “He is reliable and has integrity without question. He is assertive and persistent. He has good characteristics as a colleague, friend, and family-man. His family plays a big role in who he is and his success,” said Reed.

Martin and his wife, Alicia, have three grown children and two grandchildren. “He's an unbelievably committed family-man. Regardless of what went on in town, he made sure his employees were squared away with family matters,” said Weiss.

He was also commended as key investigator after a home invasion case in 2001 on Miller Road, which was perpetrated against the family of NBA star Marcus Camby. Martin also played an active role with a team of law enforcement officers who arrested burglars at a New Year's break-in at the Argix distribution facility on Nutmeg Road North.

“Dan has been an exemplary officer all through his career. He is one of the region's finest criminal investigators. In fact, in my 25 years in South Windsor, I can't think of a more dogged, intuitive, successful investigator,” said Reed.

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