Lane Martin, 42, formerly a captain with the Orange police, has been promoted to the rank of major, Chief Sam Kittrell has announced.

A lifelong resident of the Orange area, Martin is the son of Lynwood and Sue Martin of Orange and a 198­5 graduate of Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School. In 1994 he earned a bachelors of science degree in criminal justice from Lamar University. Martin is married to Samantha Farwell Martin; the couple have three children.

“Maj. Martin brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom as it relates to the humanistic aspects of our profession and he has the foundational aptitude and attitude to help keep us at the forefront of the this new dawn of technological and scientific advances in law enforcement,” Kittrell said. “At 42 years of age Maj. Martin has the maturity, training, knowledge and wisdom to be a leader but he is also young enough to understand and communicate across all generational lines.  I sincerely look forward to having Maj. Martin as a part of the command staff of the Orange Police Department and I know the department and the communities are going to be better places to serve and live because of him.”

Martin began his service with the Orange police in 1989.  Later that year he graduated from the Lamar University regional police academy and now holds a Master Peace Officer certification.   He worked initially in the Patrol Division but also excelled after he was assigned to the Detective Division. He was promoted to captain in 1998.
“As a captain he quickly established himself as a leader and a teacher,” Kittrell said. “His reputation earned him a nomination to 220th session of the very prestigious and elite Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in Quantico, Va. In 2005 he successfully completed the physically demanding and academically challenging course of instruction.  The purpose of that academy is to prepare those who are already supervisors for administrative roles in law enforcement.  Maj. Martin has remained active in the FBI National Academy Alumni Association. This network of law enforcement professionals from around the world enables Maj. Martin to have unique connections to information, resources, and other assistance that will help him as he fulfills his duties.”