Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth, the Lakewood Police Department honors Senior Detective Sergeant John Marshall!

D/Sgt. John Marshall is currently in his 39th year at the Lakewood Police Department and has been more than a place of occupation, it has been his home. Not only was he born and raised in Lakewood, his father was also an officer for the Lakewood Police Department, Deputy Chief John Marshall Sr.,

“The man who influenced not only me, but approximately 15 other family members to go into law enforcement as well. He started me on my way in my Law Enforcement career, Its been a heck of a ride. I’ve never regretted my decision to enter the law enforcement field, there is no BLACK HISTORY without him”, said D/Sgt. John Marshall.

D/Sgt. J. Marshall graduated from the Lakewood High School  in 1979, then he attained his Bachelors Degree in Political Science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1983. In June 1983, he began his law enforcement career at OCPO as an investigator. Approximately a year later in 1984, Marshall attended and graduated the Ocean County Police Academy for the Lakewood Police Department.

In 1988, Marshall was assigned to the Detective Bureau as an investigator and then OCPO Strike Force in 1992. In 1994, the Lakewood Detective Bureau began the “Street Crimes Unit” which became the “Major Crimes Unit” in 1996. In 2000, Marshall was promoted to Detective Sergeant and assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau to date.

D/Sgt. Marshall aka Johnny, being the most senior officer of the department, continues to positively impact and inspire the younger law enforcement generation and the community he serves with his knowledge, compassion and experience.

We are proud to be a part of the legacy and continuous journey that commenced with his father, Deputy Chief John Marshall, Sr., that paved the way for all Black Americans to achieve greatness.