The Central Precinct is located in the heart of downtown Mobile at 55 N. Water Street and is commanded by Captain Matthew Garrett. The precinct was established in 1992 and expanded March 2019 to accommodate the growth of the downtown area. Central Precinct serves as a specialized patrol precinct with specialized tactics and equipment.
Downtown Mobile is comprised of a central business district, an entertainment district, city parks and several residential areas. Events are held nearly every day throughout the year including conventions, concerts, art shows, markets and, of course, the largest celebration in Mobile – Mardi Gras.
With the expanded precinct, businesses and residents have community policing from officers on horseback, bike, foot and Segway patrols.
In 2020, officers responded to 10,324 calls for service.
Captain Matt Garrett began his career with the Mobile Police Department as a cadet in 1996. Since that time, he has served in various assignments throughout the department including Field Operations, Narcotics, Criminal Investigations and Internal Affairs. He was most recently assigned as the commander of the Central Precinct in December 2021.
Captain Garrett is a graduate of the 281st Session of the FBI National Academy, the 68th Session of the DEA’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy, and Leadership Mobile Class of 2011. Captain Garrett also holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration.
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