John Best

Criminal Investigation Division
Title: Captain - Criminal Investigations Division
Phone: 903-935-4545
John Best

John S. Best joined the Marshall Police Department in April of 1990. Captain Best was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Elysian Fields, Texas, where he graduated High School. Captain Best received an Associate of Science degree from Panola Junior College and a Bachelor of Science Business Management Degree from Letourneau University. In 2009, Captain Best earned a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University. Captain Best is a graduate from the 48th Class of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas. He is also a graduate of the 224th Class of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


Captain Best began his law enforcement career in Alpine, Texas with the Brewster County Sheriff's Office as a Detention Officer/Dispatcher. Captain Best has also worked as a Reserve Officer with the Bossier City, Louisiana Police Department and a Detention Officer with the Arkansas Department of Corrections in Texarkana, Texas. After two years of working as a Patrol Officer in Marshall, Captain Best transferred into the K-9 Division, where he assisted in the development and implementation of the Patrol K-9 program.


In 1994, Captain Best's second K-9 "Pedro" bit a local reporter in the face and the video of this bite has been aired on TV shows such as "Amazing Videos", "The World's Most Shocking Moments Caught on Tape" and "Untamed and Uncut". In 1999, Captain Best promoted to the rank of Sergeant, continuing to be assigned to the K-9 Division. In 2001, Captain Best was invited to New York City to be an expert guest on the "Late Night with David Letterman" show after David Letterman was bitten in the face by a Stupid Pet Trick dog. Captain Best promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2001 assigned to a Patrol shift and to Captain in 2004, where he was assigned as the Patrol Division Commander. In 2006, Captain Best was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) as the CID Commander. In 2011, Captain Best transferred back to the Patrol Division.

He eventually transferred back to the CID where he is currently the commander. Captain Best supervises and oversees the investigations conducted by the detectives assigned to the:
  • Crime Scene Unit
  • Crimes Against Persons
  • Financial Crimes
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • Property Crimes

Awards & Personal Life

Captain Best has received many awards to include being named the Marshall Police Officers Association Officer of the Year and a two time recipient the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce Law Enforcement Merit Award. Captain Best is married to Shan Best and has two Stepdaughters, Shaina and Ashley and a Granddaughter Alexa. 

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