Martin loves the Scottdale community
For Ptl. Joseph Martin, who was born and raised in Scottdale, being a member of the Scottdale Police Department is a dream come true.
"Scottdale is my hometown. Scottdale is a great community. The Scottdale Police Department is a great police department and it always has been," said Martin.
The 47-year-old officer, who has been a policeman for 25 years, 24 of those with the SPD, said he became interested in becoming a police officer due to his brother.
"I was initially influenced by my brother, who was chief here," said Martin about his brother, Tony Martin, who has retired.
Police work is more than a job for Martin. It's a family affair. In addition to his brother, his wife, Jeanne Martin is a state trooper and her brother is also a policeman.
Martin graduated from Southmoreland High School in 1974 and was first hired as a police officer by the Connellsville Police Department in 1978. While working for the department, he attended the Southwest Training Center, located in Greensburg. Eventually, he found himself wanting to come home again.
"There's a lot of pride here," Martin said of his fellow officers in Scottdale and the department as a whole.
In 1994, Martin earned a degree in secondary education/social studies from California University of Pennsylvania. After spending some time student teaching and as a substitute, Martin decided he wanted to stay at the department for reasons he really couldn't explain.
"It's just something I've always wanted to do."
Although some may believe the excitement of the job is what keeps Martin around, but he said it is something much simpler than that.
"In general, I enjoy the interaction with people and the times that you know that you've helped someone," said Martin. "The arrests - that's the least part of it."
Although he enjoys the work he is doing, Martin is thinking towards the future. He has seven years and 10 months to go for retirement. As to what he will do once he retires, Martin said he hasn't made any decisions yet.