Murfreesboro Police Department Lieutenant Melonie Roche Announces Retirement

Feb 13, 2024 at 06:45 pm by Chandelar Williams

Lieutenant Melonie Roche

Murfreesboro, TN  - Murfreesboro Police Chief Michael Bowen has announced the retirement of Lieutenant Melonie Roche, marking the conclusion of her nearly 25-year tenure of service with the department.
Roche's journey with the MPD commenced in July 1999 when she joined as a patrol officer. Over the years, she progressed within the ranks, achieving the position of Patrol Division Sergeant in 2006 before being further promoted to Administrative Services Division Lieutenant in 2019. Throughout her career, Roche served in various capacities including as a general department instructor, background investigator, ASP instructor, SIMS instructor, and training coordinator.
Her commitment to professional development is evident through her completion of programs such as the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the TBI Leadership Academy. Additionally, Roche holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University.
In recognition of her service, Roche was honored with a private ceremony at MPD headquarters on Friday, Feb. 9, where she received her badge and service weapon. Reflecting on her career, Roche expressed gratitude for the opportunities afforded to her by the department and the city, acknowledging the camaraderie among her fellow officers. She conveyed her pride in the dedication displayed by the men and women of the MPD on a daily basis, wishing Chief Bowen and the department continued success.
Roche's extensive law enforcement experience spans three decades, including roles with the Vanderbilt University Police Department and the Gallatin Police Department before joining the MPD.
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