Lieutenant Emanuel Martinez
Lt. Emanuel Martinez has always had a strong desire to help people. He says, “Prior to becoming a law enforcement officer, I was employed at Hutzel Hospital as an intravenous technician. Being of service and helping others are my reasons for becoming a Detroit Police Officer.” Martinez has been with the DPD since 1977. He joined homicide two years ago after working in a variety of departments, including patrol, burglary, internal affairs, narcotics and the Chief’s staff division.
Martinez describes homicide as “extremely demanding” but “challenging and interesting.” He adds, “I have a passion for this type of investigation and am honored to be associated the men and women who investigate death cases.” He enjoys “bringing closure for the many families who have sustained the loss of a loved one.” However, Martinez says, “The worst part of the job is losing your friends.”
Martinez has two children, and says that, “no one realizes the sacrifices that homicide investigators give regarding their time away from their families. One must have a love and passion for it. I am honored to be a part of this organization and the family known as police.”
Lieutenant Sherri Meisel
Before joining the DPD in 1997, Lieutenant Sherri Meisel worked as a medic for several years in the EMS division of the Detroit Fire Department. Since becoming a police officer she has worked in Patrol, Risk Management and the Forensic Services Division.
“It sounds corny, but I really do like being able to make a difference – no matter how small it might be – in someone’s life and in society. I love working homicide because of the feeling you get when you can get justice for the victim, their family and society, as well as the challenge that investigating homicides brings.” She adds, “Being able to regularly see sudden and sometimes violent death, injuries and illnesses, you get a perspective of how lucky you are every day that you can go home and see you family and enjoy life.”
Meisel says, “I just hope that people support their law enforcement officers.” She wants, “to encourage people to take a stand against violence by working with their community leaders and law enforcement,” and rally against the current “No Snitch” paradigm that is so prevalent in the community.
Meisel has been married for fourteen years. She has several dogs and cats. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, antiquing, junking, home improvement and dog training.
Lieutenant John Morell
Lt. John Morell started his career in 1974 in the emergency room at Detroit General Hospital and later as an EMT for the Detroit Fire Department. In 1986 he joined the Detroit Police Department because, as he puts it, “I wanted to be on the other side of public safety.”
Morell has spent the past 13 years in the homicide department. For two of those years he was on loan to the FBI as a Federal Agent, working gang related homicides on the federal level.
Lt. Morell has two grown daughters and finds relaxation in home repair and golf. He also is an adjunct Criminal Justice professor at Macomb Community College. By teaching, Morell says, “I can develop a legacy by passing on my experience and knowledge to bright young minds.”
Lieutenant Linda Vertin
Lt. Linda Vertin joined Detroit Police Department in February 1987. She is now the Commanding Officer of the Homicide Unit. “I have always wanted to be a police officer,” Vertin says. “I took a chance and look where I am today.” Reflecting on that time, Vertin says, “What I didn’t know when I came on this job was how the community would help me grow and help me provide a better quality of police service.”
Vertin describes her job in the department as the most challenging and stressful job she has ever worked, but adds, “I love every minute of it. There is no other job quite like being a homicide investigator.” Vertin has high praises for her team of investigators. “Detroit homicide has the most dedicated, committed investigators I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They give 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Vertin is married and has two grown children. Her daughter is in the Air Force and her son is working for the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. She loves riding horses, reading and working on the computer.
Sergeant William Anderson III
Twenty-year Detroit Police Department veteran Sgt. William Anderson has been with the Detroit Homicide unit for over seven years. Despite having a vast resume that includes having been a property manager, a self-employed milkman and a U.S. Air force seismic technician measuring earthquake magnitudes, Anderson says that being a policeman is “the only job I ever wanted.”
A seven-year veteran of the homicide department, Anderson understands the sacrifices that investigators face. “You have to love homicide,” he says. Anderson is very proud of his ability to have a positive influence on the community. He says, “There are children I meet who want to be police officers because of me. It’s a great feeling.”
Outside of work Anderson likes to spend quality time with his eight-year-old son. He also acts as vice-chairman of the Local Schools Coordinating Organization as well as being an active member of the Virginia Park Citizens District Counsel. He enjoys reading, photography and sailing on his 28-foot sailboat.
Sergeant Charles Clark
Born and raised in Detroit, Sgt. Charles Clark joined the DPD after having worked as a mail carrier, plant worker and office manager.
Clark calls police work “a calling” and says he is “honored to be a Detroit Police officer and even more honored to be a part of DPD Homicide.” He adds, “We have great men and women down here that work together to bring closure to families that are mourning the loss of a loved one.”
Clark is married with one child. In his spare time he plays basketball, billiards, tennis and enjoys riding his bike.