Julio C. Martinez Bio

Mr. Julio C. Martinez was appointed a New York City Police Officer on December 17, 1973. His first command assignment was in the Intelligence Division where, as a young officer, he conducted sensitive political undercover investigations. Mr. Martinez later went on to serve in various patrol functions and distinctive assignments.

In 1982, Mr. Martinez returned to the Detective Bureau where he later was promoted to Detective 3rd Grade. In 1989 he was again promoted to the Detective Leadership Rank of Detective 2nd Grade. He was then assigned to Brooklyn Detective Area, 72, and 78 Detective Squads, respectively. He served as team leader for many years, investigating homicides, robberies, and general crimes in Brooklyn South.

In 1995, Mr. Martinez was requested to return to Police Headquarters for an assignment as a department spokesperson in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. During the course of this assignment, Mr. Martinez was responsible for special projects, dealing with the news directors and special reporters of all the major networks. In addition, he was responsible for handling the day-to-day dissemination of public information concerning major activities of the New York City Police Department to the press and maintaining a close liaison with law enforcement on the state and federal levels.

In 1996, Mr. Martinez returned to the Intelligence Division where he was assigned to the Dignitary Protection Unit. During the course of his assignment, he was the lead Detective on protective security details in New York City for the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of the Army, and Director of Central Intelligence Agency. He also served as principal Detective for Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, during his NYC visits.

Mr. Martinez was also responsible for the day-to-day safety and security of the Cuban diplomatic community assigned to the United Nations on the part of the New York City Police Department. He was responsible for maintaining a constant liaison with federal agencies such as the U.S. State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Mr. Martinez was also the lead NYC Police Detective in protective details for many of their high profile visits, including two visits to the United Nations by Cuban Premier Fidel Castro. Mr. Martinez was also given the responsibility to act as the permanent lead Detective for the protective detail of former Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev during his visits to New York City 1996-1999.

Mr. Martinez graduated from many prestigious dignitary protection academies, such as the U.S. State Department, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of Defense and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, as well as the NYPD Intelligence Division, Dignitary Protection School. Mr. Martinez is also the Past President of the International Police Association 1996-2000.

Mr. Martinez retired from the New York City Police Department in 2001. Mr. Martinez is now a federal Special Investigator conducting National Security Background Investigations for the United States Department of State.