Chief Valerie Dalton is the Chief of Police, and Associate Vice President of Campus Safety at Morehouse College. She is the first female chief for the historically black all male college.
Chief Dalton has 33 years of safety and security knowledge and retired from the Atlanta Police Department at the rank of Major. She understands the importance of partnerships, safety education, and community problem solving approaches in achieving and maintaining a safe community.
Chief Dalton strongly believes that maintaining partnerships with all campus departments, as well as local law enforcement agencies, will assist the community in receiving quality higher education in a safe and secure atmosphere. This collaborative work produces a community that feels safe to live, learn, work, and play.
Some of her career achievements include Atlanta Police Department Zone Commander in one of the city’s most challenging areas; manager of the year in 2009; crime reduction award for two consecutive years; manager and author of two Departmental of Justice COPS grants; and she developed several computerized systems to automate departmental processes.
Chief Dalton is a proponent of technology integration to enhance security services. She believes incorporating technology in the form of surveillance cameras, visitor scanning systems and access control to improve the daily operations of college campuses and create an increased perception of safety in the community. She worked with other Atlanta University Center Chiefs of Police to bring 30 plus surveillance cameras to the city that provide views of the streets and sidewalks that border the Atlanta University Campuses; she worked collaboratively in the purchase and placement of 76 surveillance cameras for the interior of the Morehouse College campus, that proved instrumental in deterring and identifying unwelcome acts and behavior; and refurbished all emergency call boxes on the college campus.
Chief Dalton has worked to engage students through programs such as, “The Law and You”, Civilian Response to An Active Shooter, and many other safety forums and town hall meetings.
Chief Dalton holds an MBA, with a concentration in criminal justice, from Saint Leo University. She is a certified law enfacement instructor and is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute of Policing (SMIP) (Boston, MA class). Currently, she serves as a consultant and team member of D. Stafford & Associates.