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Sanibel Police Chief William Dalton has been elected to the position of President of the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association. The association is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 and member-based with the purpose of promoting efficient law enforcement services through the cooperation and coordination of all law enforcement agencies in Southwest Florida. In addition to each local municipality Chief, the highest-ranking full-time commanding officer of any local law enforcement agency are also members of the organization.
Chief Dalton was hired in by the City of Sanibel in 1994, and advanced through the ranks becoming Chief of Police in 2017. He is in his 26th year of service with the Sanibel Police Department. He has served in the following positions: Chief of Police, Interim Chief of Police, Police Major, Police Lieutenant, Police Sergeant and Police Officer. Chief Dalton earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida and his Master of Business Administrations Degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. Chief Dalton has earned numerous certifications through F.E.M.A. and served as the city’s Incident Commander through Hurricane Irma. Chief Dalton 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,” said Dalton upon assuming the presidency.