Major David Dalton has over twenty-five years of law enforcement experience with both the Auburndale (Florida) Police Department and the Clearwater (Florida) Police Department. He began his career with the Clearwater Police Department in 1996. He served within the Department’s Old Clearwater Bay Neighborhood Policing Team and within the agency’s Detective Division, first as a Crimes Against Children and Families (Sex Crimes) Detective and later as a Homicide Detective.
As a sergeant, Major Dalton held supervisory positions as a Patrol Team Sergeant, Patrol Support Team Sergeant, and Internal Affairs Investigator, while assuming additional responsibility as the Department’s Accreditation Manager. As a Lieutenant, Major Dalton held positions as the Assistant Commander of the Support Services Division, Assistant Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, and as the Clearwater Beach District Commander, where, during his two years of assignment to this position, he was twice selected as the Clearwater Beach Chamber’s “Citizen of the Year.”
Major Dalton is currently assigned as the Support Services Division Commander of the Clearwater Police Department, with oversight of numerous functions, including personnel, training, budget/fiscal management, property/evidence, body cameras, and communications. Major Dalton possesses extensive experience in investigations, training, recruitment, policy development, accreditation, community/neighborhood policing, and technology implementation.
Major Dalton has been recognized for his commitment to research driven principles, civic engagement, and community partnerships. He maintains strong relationships with research institutions, such as the University of South Florida, Department of Criminology. In 2016, he was inducted into the University of South Florida’s Department of Criminology Wall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni.
Major Dalton holds both a BA in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, Session #50, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Unit Commander Academy, and the Florida Police Chiefs Association’s Future Law Enforcement Executive course. Major Dalton is a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) LEADS Scholar and is the current President of the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association.
Major Dalton resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife Anna, who is a Pediatric Cardiologist, and their son.