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Police department adds second assistant chief to executive staff

November 26th, 2016 development
Police department adds second assistant chief to executive staff

Police Chief Sean Duggan promoted Cmdr. Dale Walters to assistant chief on Oct. 21 after an extensive interview process.

A 24-year veteran of the department, Walters is the second assistant chief, alongside Jason Zdilla.

Walters began his career in 1990 as a detention officer with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. After successfully testing to become a deputy, Walters was assigned to the Page Substation where he worked patrol and as a boat patrol officer on Lake Powell.

He began his career with the Chandler Police Department in 1995 as a patrol officer. He was later selected as a field training officer and subsequently a narcotics detective. For two years, he worked undercover assignments with Chandler detectives and a state taskforce. In 1999, Walters was transferred to the Professional Standards Unit where served as the CPD’s internal affairs investigator.

In 2000, Walters was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to the Field Operations Division as a patrol supervisor. A year later, he was reassigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau as the Narcotics Unit sergeant.

For the next six and a half years, Walters and his team worked major conspiracy cases across the country. He and his team seized thousands of pounds of illicit drugs, and millions of dollars in drug proceeds.

Walters was promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and returned to the Field Operations Division as a patrol shift commander. In addition, he helped open the Chandler Heights Precinct and was the lieutenant over the K9 Unit. In 2008, Walters moved into the Community Resources Section and oversaw training, the firearms range, crime prevention, DARE, volunteer programs and the school resource officers. During this time, he was selected as the support commander for the Special Assignment Unit (SAU).

In 2010, Walters promoted to commander and was assigned to the Main Station Precinct. His assignments included patrol budget, six patrol teams, bike team, special events, patrol administrative personnel, quartermaster, fleet, detention operations and SAU commander. Walters returned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau in 2013 as commander.

Throughout his career, Walters has been actively involved in training law enforcement and community members in a variety of subjects including basic investigation techniques, surveillance, firearms, supervision, leadership, ethics, narcotics recognition and active shooter response. He has worked with departmental members and police applicants for more than eight years as a mentor and continually dedicates his time to various community events, programs and organizations.

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