Darryl Tolleson

Deputy Chief | Criminal Investigations Division

Darryl Tolleson was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief on January 1, 2015. 

Deputy Chief Tolleson has 26 years of law enforcement with the Atlanta Police Department. He began his career in 1989 as a Patrol Officer in the Zone 5 Precinct and later joined the Special Operations Section, Motorcycle Squad.

In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served in Zone 5 for a short time before returning back to the Motorcycle Squad.  Two years later, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the Motorcycle Squad Unit Commander.

In addition to supervising the Motorcycle Unit, he served as the department's Special Events Coordinator and managed security plans for the city’s top annual events including the Peach Drop New Year’s Eve Celebration, Peachtree Road Race, Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and March, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Parade and Festival. He also partnered with the United States Secret Service on creating security plans for many presidential details and dignitary visits.

In 2002, he was appointed to the rank of Major and served in the Field Operations Division as the Zone 5 Commander. He later moved to lead safety efforts at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In 2008, he served in the Support Services Division as the Commander of Information Services Section.  In 2012, he served in the Criminal Investigations Division as the Commander of the Major Crimes Section. Two years later, he was assigned as the Director of Training at the Atlanta Police Department’s Training Academy. In January 2015, he was appointed to Deputy Chief and returned to the Criminal Investigations Division as the unit’s Executive Commander.

Deputy Chief Tolleson is a FranklinCovey Certified Instructor in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Nobility of Policing, and Policing at the Speed of Trust. He is also a Georgia Certified Senior Instructor.

He holds a Liberal Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is also a graduate Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute of Policing (SMIP) class # 49 in Boston, Mass. 

Deputy Chief Tolleson also had the privilege of participating in the 1st Professional Senior Officers Education Series of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange and the Leadership Development Center of the Israeli Police held in Tel-Aviv Israel.

He is a member of Police Executive Research Form, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and Atlanta Metropol.

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