Major Martin K. Bechtel began his law enforcement career with the Florida Highway Patrol in 1982. He became a member of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office in 1986 and served there until retirement in 2016. During his 30-year career with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office he worked and trained several police dogs, was a Road Patrol Sergeant, Canine Unit Sergeant, Watch Commander, District Commander and Commander of the Special Operations Division which was comprised of several specialty units including Canine, SWAT, Bomb Squad, Marine, Aviation, Intel, Emergency Field Force and Mounted.
Currently, Major Bechtel is assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau and oversees the officers working in Patrol, Traffic, Canine and SWAT. He earned a Master of Public Administration Degree from Barry University and is a graduate of the 251st Session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.