Captain Mark D. Beal currently serves as commander of the Patrol Division. Prior to being promoted to his current position, Captain Beal served a patrol lieutenant for 'A' Platoon. Captain Beal has served in various aspects of the department including patrol officer, K-9 Officer, community policing officer, patrol sergeant and patrol lieutenant. Captain Beal holds a degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the 244th FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute. Captain Beal has been serving Newton since 1999.