City of Marion

Police Department

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.

Annually, the Marion Police Department receives over 27,000 calls.

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.

Marion Police Department

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Allen Lawrence
Police Chief

Street Address
270 South Main Street
Marion, NC 28752

US Mail Address
P.O. Drawer 700
Marion, NC 28752-0700

Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergencies: (828) 652-5205

Fax: (828) 652-2977

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday