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Diocese News 12.10.2019

Dallas Deputy Police Chief Albert Martinez Named Director of Security of Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Dallas, TX - Dallas Deputy Police Chief Albert Martinez has been named to the newly created position of Director of Security for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and is now leaving the Dallas Police Department. He most recently commanded the Southwest Patrol Division during a distinguished 27-year career in law enforcement.

“Albert Martinez comes with the highest level of integrity, commitment and dedication. He will be vital to the safety of all those we serve including overseeing parish security and supervising our victim’s assistance coordinator who deals with allegations of misconduct,” Bishop Edward J. Burns said. “Chief Martinez has served our community well and we are grateful to have a man of his caliber, competence and expertise join us.”

Martinez’s lengthy resume includes experience supervising criminal investigations as well as specific experience as an investigator in the assault unit of the crimes against persons division. “This experience will be invaluable as we move forward addressing safety and abuse issues, now and in the future,” said Bishop Burns, adding, “With all of the gun violence and vandalism that have occurred in places of worship in recent years by those who would do harm, this position has become very important.”

“I am honored and humbled at this opportunity to serve the diocese, where my family and I worship,” Martinez said. “I am grateful for the years I spent serving the community on the Dallas Police Department, but I could not pass up this unique opportunity to be involved in the Diocese and to work with Bishop Burns and other leaders as we move forward.

“Through my volunteer work on the diocesan level, I have witnessed Bishop Burns’ commitment to making the Diocese of Dallas the safest environment possible for people of all ages in our churches and schools,” Martinez said. “I am proud to have the opportunity to become part of that important mission.”

As director of security Martinez’s duties will include evaluating and maintaining security at all 75 parishes and other diocesan facilities. His expertise will be invaluable in helping the diocese maintain a safe environment. He begins serving in his new post on Jan. 21, 2020.