Captain James Hatler has been employed with the Martin Police Department since November 1995. He began at the rank of Patrol Officer after graduating the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy in 1996. He served in the Patrol Division for a total of twelve years until he was promoted to the rank of Criminal Investigator in 2007. Since 2007 he has been tasked with assisting in the supervision and training of investigators. For the past 15 years he has been assigned to work on all violent crimes including death investigations, sexual assaults. His duties also include oversight of sex offenders who reside within Martin TN. and are required to register with the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. Captain Hatler currently works cases involving the physical and sexual abuse of children. He also assists in the investigation of crimes against senior adults and other vulnerable victims within the City of Martin TN.