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