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Dalton elected president of Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association

By Staff | Jan 29, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Police Chief William Dalton

Sanibel Police Chief William Dalton has been elected to the position of president of the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association.

The Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1985. The association is a member-based organization with the purpose of promoting efficient law enforcement services through the cooperation and coordination of all law enforcement agencies in the region. In addition to the local municipalities’ chiefs, the highest-ranking full-time commanding officer of any local law enforcement agency are also members of the organization.

Dalton was hired by the city in 1994 and advanced through the ranks, becoming police chief in 2017. He is in his 26th year of service with the department. Dalton has served in the additional following positions: interim police chief, major, lieutenant, sergeant and officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Dalton has earned numerous certifications through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and served as the city’s incident commander through Hurricane Irma. He is also a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s 51st class of the Chief Executive Seminar.

“Our goal is to extend our philanthropic efforts, specifically in the area of those studying criminal justice or public administration,” Dalton said upon assuming the association presidency.