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  • Darryl Qualls

    Darryl Qualls

    Darryl Qualls

    Deputy Chief

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  • About Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls

    Darryl Qualls has been with the Pasadena Police Department for thirty-five years.  He started his career as a Police Explorer, volunteering his time at the age of fifteen. At age 18, he was promoted to Police Cadet and assigned to the Records Section.  At the age of 21, he was promoted to Police Officer. 

    After being in the department for three years, Darryl was assigned to the Narcotics Division.  There he had an opportunity to be on loan to the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles, where he worked major narcotics cases throughout California and the nation.  Upon returning from the DEA, he spent a short time in Patrol and Community Services, where he was assigned as a School Resource Officer.  In 1989, he was promoted to Police Investigator and worked street gangs.   

    In 1991, he was promoted to Police Sergeant.  As a Police Sergeant, Darryl worked Training, Field Patrol and eventually he went back and supervised the Narcotics Section. 

    In 1998, Darryl was promoted to Police Lieutenant where he managed the Special Enforcement Section (which houses the Special Weapons Unit).  He currently has a collateral duty, managing the department’s Hostage Negotiations Team.  In 2003, Darryl supervised the department’s Counter Terrorism Section and was responsible for disaster preparedness and terrorism prevention.  He also sat on the Los Angeles County Homeland Security Grant Working Group, which managed the allocation of Federal Terrorism Grant funds.  In 2005, Darryl managed the Administrative Services Section where he was responsible for management of the Professional Standards and Training unit.  In 2006, he took advantage of a tremendous opportunity by traveling to Israel to study terrorism with the Israeli National Police.   

    In December 2008, Darryl was promoted to Police Commander and assigned to the Field Operations Division, where he was responsible for overseeing 140 employees.  Darryl was promoted again in August 2011 to Deputy Chief and is currently responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations for the entire Department.  In addition to being responsible for the overall operations of the department, he also commands the Administrative, Air Operations, and Event Planning Sections. 

    Darryl graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  He also has a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from California State University at Dominguez Hills.  Darryl is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard. 

    Darryl is a member of the California Narcotics Officers Association, The California Association of Hostage Negotiators and he is the Vice-President of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of NOBLE.  He was a Police Commissioner with the City of Claremont for eight years (from 2007 – 2015).  He is also a board member of Day One, a drug and alcohol prevention program in Pasadena.   

    Darryl lives in Claremont, California with his wife and two daughters.    

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