The Police Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Marion through proactive enforcement, patrol and investigations within the City Limits. The Department has 26 full-time sworn positions, one full¬time civilian position, and eight reserve positions. The Department maintains Administrative, Patrol and Investigative divisions. Community policing and crime prevention are stressed through Neighborhood and Business Watch Programs, business visits and events such as National Night Out. The Department is involved in the schools by maintaining two School Resource Officers. One officer is assigned to East McDowell Middle School while the other splits time between Marion Elementary School and Eastfield Global Magnet School. The department also maintains a Special Response Team (SRT) for high risk situations. The Department provides property checks for residents and business checks for businesses in the City Limits.
In 2014¬-15, 27,403 calls for service were received by the Police Department, 613 traffic accidents were investigated and 1,337 crimes were reported. Reported crime in the City decreased by 5.78 percent in 2014-¬15 over the previous year and have decreased by 22.04 percent since 2009.
The City’s violent crime rate has decreased sharply, despite substantial growth in the City’s population. Since 2004, the City’s violent crime rate (accounting for murders, rapes, armed robberies and aggravated assaults), as reported by the North Carolina SBI, has decreased by 30.23 percent and decreased by 46.38 percent on a per capita basis. The City's total crime rate has also decreased by 9.94 percent on a per capita basis since 2004.
In 2011, the City of Marion consolidated its Police dispatching operations into the McDowell County Communications Center, now located on the first floor of the Police Department building. The McDowell County Sheriff's Department dispatching operation joined the consolidated Communications Center in late 2011. All police, fire and EMS calls in McDowell County are now handled by the consolidated McDowell County Communications Center. The Communications Center can be reached at 911 for emergencies and at (828)652-3231 or (828)652-4000 for nonemergency’s. The Police Department building is located at 270 South Main Street. Allen Lawrence serves as the Police Chief for the City of Marion.
270 South Main Street
Marion, NC 28752
US Mail Address
P.O. Drawer 700
Marion, NC 28752-0700
Non-Emergencies: (828) 652-5205
Fax: (828) 652-2977
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday