Major Darryl Tolleson joined the Atlanta Police Department in 1989. During his tenure he has served as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant prior to his appointment to Major. He currently serves as the Section Commander for the Information Services Section.
Major Tolleson served as the Section Commander for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for five years prior to his current assignment. Prior to the Airport assignment he served as the Zone 5 Section Commander.
Major Tolleson spent time as a patrol officer in Zone 5 for several years both in Patrol and Foot beat assignments in downtown. In 1994 he was assigned to APD’s elite and prestigious unit in the Special Operations Section, the Motorcycle Unit.
In 1996 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served in Zone 5 for a short time before returning back to the Motorcycle Unit.
In 1998 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant remaining in the Motorcycle Unit as the commander. There he was responsible for traffic enforcement, traffic at special events and major venues.
In addition to overseeing the Motorcycle Unit, he served as the department's Special Events Coordinator. Major Tolleson was responsible for coordinating with event promoters and developing plans that would ensure the success and safety of each event.
He also took tremendous pride in working closely with the Secret Service and providing motorcade planning and execution for many Presidential/Vice Presidential details as well as other dignitary visits.
Major Tolleson holds a Liberal Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is also a graduate Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute of Policing (SMIP) class # 49 in Boston, Mass.
Major Tolleson is a FranklinCovey Certified Instructor in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Nobility of Policing, and Policing at the Speed of Trust. He is also a Georgia Certified Senior Instructor and teaches often at the Atlanta Police Academy.