Chief of Police Martin P. Barner
Hazel Park, Michigan Police DepartmentAboutChief of Police Martin P. Barner

Chief of Police Martin P. Barner

It is the goal of the men and women of the Hazel Park Police Department to provide our citizens, business owners, and visitors with exemplary service through professional integrity, unwavering honesty, and uncompromising sacrifice. Together we can and will make a difference in our neighborhoods and schools. It is by this cooperative effort that we can all make sustainable changes for the betterment of the community. It is my duty as Chief of Police to coordinate, direct, and lead this department while navigating through these very challenging economic times that we are all faced with.

I began my career with the Hazel Park Police Department in 1994. I have held nearly every position and rank in the department including:

  • Road Patrol Officer
  • Inaugural Member of the Crime Suppression Task Force
  • Road Patrol Sergeant
  • Detective Sergeant
  • Road Patrol Lieutenant
  • Detective Lieutenant
  • Administrative Lieutenant

I have also been a Firearms Range Master, Records Supervisor, Training Coordinator, Command Officer's Union Vice President, Field Training Supervisor, Personnel Equipment Supervisor, Hiring Administrator, Background Investigator, as well as Internal Investigations Coordinator. I feel this wide range of experience and duties will assist me and the department in serving our citizens and the community to the best of our ability.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Northwood University 
  • Graduated from the Oakland Police Academy in 1993 / Top Gun Award
  • Partial List of In-Service Training includes:
  • Gang & Drug Crime Investigation / Gangs & Gang Intervention
  • Asset Forfeiture & Financial Investigations / Financial Investigation Techniques
  • Homicide Investigations
  • Glock Armorer
  • Active Shooter & Deadly Force Encounters / Combat Techniques w/ Semi-Auto
  • Unified Incident Command School
  • Specialized Interviewing & Interrogation
  • The Academy Leadership Associates Master Development Series
  • National Incident Management System / Homeland Security & FEMA IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300, IS-700 & IS-800
  • Graduate MPEDS (Michigan Police Executive Development Series)
  • Certified Public Manager, Saginaw Valley State University, Nationally Accredited


  • 5 Unit Commendations for Armed Robberies, Att. Murder, Home Invasion & Strong Arm Robbery Arrests
  • 1 Chiefs Special Unit Commendation for Armed Robbery
  • 3 Safe Driving Awards
  • 2 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Awards
  • Certificate of Merit (Awarded by the Mayor, City Council and City Manager of Hazel Park)
  • Officer of the Year 1998
  • Unit Commendations from Ferndale, Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Troy and Madison Heights
  • Distinguished Unit Citation from Oakland County Sheriff
  • Departmental Unit Citation from Michigan State Senate 13th District
  • Oakland County Board of Commissioners Distinguished Professionalism Award
  • U.S. Department of Justice & FBI Commendation
  • 2 Michigan State Police Citations for Professional Excellence Awards
  • Oakland County Domestic Violence Prevention Award / Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence
  • Letters of Commendation & Appreciation from Royal Oak, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, West Branch, Clawson, Ferndale, Troy and Madison Heights
  • Member of Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Member of the American Society of Public Administration

If the department or I can be of any assistance to you, please feel free to contact us by phone, send a letter or e-mail. Please always remember that if you see something suspicious call us immediately so potential crimes or crimes in progress can be deterred. We all have to work together in making our community safe and I look forward to serving you and your law enforcement needs.