Press Release

Sgt. Nate McBee Retires After Nearly 23 Years of Service Share

May 14, 2018  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

MPD Patrol Sergeant Nate McBee has retired after serv­ing the cit­i­zens of Mar­i­on for near­ly 23 years. Sgt. McBee first accept­ed a Dis­patch posi­tion with the Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment on July 2nd, 1995, but soon tran­si­tioned onto the road as a Patrol Offi­cer on Dec. 17th, 1996. He had since served in many capac­i­ties — as a Field Train­ing Offi­cer, Shift Sergeant, Traf­fic Sergeant, and most recent­ly held the posi­tion of 3rd Shift Patrol Sergeant.

McBee served as an Acci­dent Recon­struc­tion­ist spe­cial­iz­ing in Heavy Motor Vehi­cle and Motor­cy­cle crash­es. He holds cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to deploy all over the state and beyond dur­ing Crit­i­cal Inci­dents such as Police Action Shoot­ings. McBee was a mem­ber of the nar­cotics-com­bat­ting JEAN Team, and is one of 3 indi­vid­u­als who spear­head­ed and imple­ment­ed the Youth Acad­e­my. He is also a found­ing mem­ber of the MPD Hon­or Guard, and served many years as its Commander.

Over the past few years, McBee has been pur­su­ing a Master’s Degree in Edu­ca­tion Admin­is­tra­tion, and has been gain­ing expe­ri­ence teach­ing His­to­ry at Ander­son Prepara­to­ry Acad­e­my. His tenure with MPD has giv­en him skills to lead a class­room and dis­ci­pline stu­dents while being able to relate indi­vid­u­al­ly. After achiev­ing his Master’s, he plans to pur­sue a Doc­tor­ate, and con­tin­ue to advance in teach­ing while using his exper­tise in law enforce­ment as a resource to the edu­ca­tion system.

McBee said he’s excit­ed to ful­ly embark on a career with nor­mal hours, but will miss work­ing with fel­low offi­cers, par­tic­u­lar­ly help­ing train them. I have always told incom­ing offi­cers that I want them to be bet­ter than me.” 

He said he also looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to serve with the Hon­or Guard. This is some­thing I take to heart…showing hon­or for a pro­fes­sion that’s not being hon­ored like it used to be. There’s a larg­er group out there that doesn’t respect police offi­cers, so it’s my wish to con­tin­ue to do that.”

McBee will con­tin­ue to vol­un­teer as the Assis­tant Dis­trict Com­mis­sion­er for the Boy Scouts of Amer­i­ca, as well as serve as an Active Reserve Offi­cer with the Van Buren Police Department.

McBee’s last work­ing day with MPD was Sat­ur­day, May 12th.

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