Major Valerie Dalton is presently assigned to the Office of The Chief of Police/ Office of Professional Standards. She is responsible for overseeing the investigation of allegations of misconduct made against Atlanta Police employees. The office reviews and investigates all complaints, gathering the facts to determine a final disposition. In 2011 Major Dalton was assigned to the Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS). She was responsible for the dedicated men and women of the Crime Prevention Unit, Weed and Seed Unit, Police Athletic League, the Community Liaison Unit, and the LGBT and Hispanic Liaisons. These units have the primary mission of community engagement, education, and partnerships. Through dedicated problem solving, youth engagement, and community partners the Atlanta Police Department Community Oriented Policing Section is essential to crime reduction and increased quality of life for the citizens of Atlanta. While in this assignment, Major Dalton authored the 2012 COPS Hiring Grant awarded to the Atlanta Police Department. The grant funded 15 officer potions, with prior military requirements, for the creation of the Atlanta Police Department’s first “Path Force”. These officers patrol the Atlanta Belt Line, the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. As a part of the community policing philosophy their engagement also includes the communities and parks that are in the path’s footprint. Major V. S. Dalton has served the citizens of Atlanta since 1987. She was appointed to the rank of Major and assigned as Commander of Zone One in November of 2008. As Zone One Commander she was awarded The Atlanta Police Department’s Crime Reduction Award in 2008 and 2009. She also created a model Burglary Task Force Unit that effectively produced a noted Burglary reduction in Zone One and was replicated in other areas of the city.
Her career has been extensive in assignments throughout the Atlanta Police Department. She served in the Field Operations Division assigned to Zone One as the Assistant Zone Commander, Zone Two as a Field Sergeant, and Zone Five as an Officer where she started her career. She served in the Criminal Investigations Division assigned as Unit Commander for Major Crimes (Auto Theft Task Force, Commercial Robbery, and Major Fraud), School Detectives as Unit Commander, and Narcotics as an Investigator. While assigned to the Narcotics Unit she created one of the unit’s first automated warrant documents. She is credited with seeking out technology that led to equipping the department with its first Auto Theft detection tag reader system, and launching a new tool for fighting Auto Thefts in the City of Atlanta. She served in the Support Service Division as the Commander of the Crime Analysis Unit, where she designed the department’s first Special Event Data Collection System. She also served in the Office of The Chief assigned to the Office of Professional Standards/Investigations and Advocacy. She designed that unit’s first automated Discipline Tracking System.
Major Dalton has a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, and a Graduate Certification in Criminal Justice Management from Saint Leo University. She is a graduate of Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute of Policing (SMIP) in Boston, Massachusetts. She has served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Police Athletic League, and was named Manager of the Year in 2009.