Undercover officers assigned to the Vice & Narcotics Unit investigate crimes involving narcotics and vice operations such as prostitution, gambling and pornography.
They also gather and distribute intelligence information relevant to police duties. In an effort to curb the flow of drugs into the Pensacola area, officers continue to focus on long- range investigations aimed at mid- and upper-level dealers.
The Vice & Narcotics Unit is supervised by Sergeant Martez Lawrence, a Pensacola native. Sergeant Lawrence graduated from Escambia High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in public administration and supervision from Pensacola State College. He was hired as a cadet by the Pensacola Police Department on August 7, 2000; promoted to police officer on February 4, 2002; and promoted to sergeant on March 2, 2015.
Among his assignments in addition to Vice & Narcotics have been Uniform Patrol, Neighborhood Services, field training officer, SWAT, and Crisis Negotiations Team.