Deputy Chief David Waltemeyer


David Waltemeyer is Deputy Chief of the Melbourne, Florida, Police Department. Prior to his work in Melbourne, Dave was a Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager with the National Policing Institute, providing expertise for the National Policing Institute’s LEO Near Miss officer safety initiative and the Foundation’s National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC). Dave joined the Foundation after a 25-year career in law enforcement, retiring from the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Department (AACOPD) as an Acting Deputy Chief of Police.

During his career with AACOPD, David commanded all three of the Department Bureaus; the Patrol Bureau, the Operations and Investigations Bureau, and the Administrative Bureau. As Commander of the Patrol Bureau, David was recognized as a leader in transitioning the Department into an Intelligence-Led Policing philosophy and pioneering new and creative Community Oriented Policing and Problem Oriented Policing techniques and strategies. David led the Department’s CompStat process and supervised the Crime Analysis Unit. As Commander of the Administrative Services Bureau, David commanded over the Training Section, overseeing the Department’s use of force training and active shooter programs. As Commander of the Operations and Investigations Bureau, he was responsible for all Special Operations activities including; the Quick Response Team, the Aviation Section, the K-9 section, the Traffic Safety Section, and the Civil Disturbance Unit. He has extensive experience managing critical incidents, such as hostage/barricade events and deadly use of force incidents.

David also commanded over the Criminal Investigation Division and served as Commander of the Major Crimes Section, overseeing homicide, sexual assault, and child abuse investigations. He developed training in the area of death investigations and critical incident/scene management, and provided instruction to all levels of the organization. David also served as the Chairperson on the Department’s Deadly Force Review Board.

As the Acting Deputy Chief of Operations, David restructured and improved the Department’s recruitment, selection, and training programs to improve diversity and professionalism. David provided expert guidance to the Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) Section and the Staff Inspections Section, based on his experience and expertise in personnel investigations and accreditation. David has been a Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Assessor since 2010 and a CALEA Team Leader since 2015. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College, providing instruction in the areas of law enforcement leadership and administration, criminal procedure and evidence, criminal investigations, and medicolegal death investigations.

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Master’s Degree in Management from the John’s Hopkins University. David is a graduate of the John’s Hopkins University Police Executive Leadership Program. He has received specialized training in all areas of law enforcement leadership and management, criminal investigations, and major incident management.