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Murfreesboro Police Chief Announces Lieutenant Retirement

By MTN Reporter: Megan Pavia 

Michael Bowen, Murfreesboro Police Chief announced Lieutenant Melonie Roche is retiring after almost 25 years of service. Roche was presented with a badge and service weapon at the MPD headquarters on Feb. 9 in a private ceremony.  


Roche graduated from the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the TBI Leadership Academy. Roche started her career as a police officer with the

Vanderbilt University Police Department and was also with the Gallatin Police Department before being hired by MPD. Roche began with Murfreesboro Police Department in July 1999 as a patrol officer. In 2019 Roche was promoted to Administrative Service Division Lieutenant.  


“It has truly been a fulfilling career with more good times than bad,” Roche said. “The department and the city have been very good to me over the years. I will miss working alongside some of the best police officers in the country. I am very proud of the men and women who serve with pride every day. I wish nothing but the best for Chief Bowen and the department. It has been an honor to serve and I will miss it.”  


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