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APD Zone 6 To Get New Commander

John Dalton promoted to deputy chief; Maj. Keith Meadows to take over Zone 6.

Maj. John Dalton, the popular commander of Atlanta Police Department Zone 6, will become a deputy chief in charge of the agency's criminal investigation division.

Maj. Keith Meadows, who joined APD in 1986 and currently assigned to major crimes, will become Zone 6 commander, Valencia Hudson, public safety liaison for Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, wrote in an e-mail.

The promotions are effective Feb. 16.

Zone 6 includes Kirkwood, Grant Park, East Atlanta and Reynoldstown, among other neighborhoods.

Dalton, who joined APD in 1987, became a major in 2007 assigned to command the Major Crimes Section. The year before, Dalton was named assistant zone commander and assigned to Zone 5.

Meadows, whose family owns in East Atlanta, was initially assigned to Zone 4 as a patrolman in Southwest Atlanta after graduating from the police academy. In 1996 — a year after being promoted to the rank of sergeant — he was assigned to the Homicide Unit. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of major and assigned to the Major Crimes Section.

Marcia Killingsworth February 14, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Congrats to Major Dalton. I wonder if the equally wonderful and talented Maj. Meadows - a major player, I seem to recall, in the "Hat Squad" - will keep his chapeaus!
Keith February 14, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I most certainly will keep them, I just hope to wear them to more festive occasions in my new home!!!!
Péralte Paul (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
What's the "Hat Squad?"
Anjin-san February 22, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Maj. Meadows, any reason why Zone 6 hasn't come to a GPNA meeting for 3-months running? Finley used to come all the time, or send an alternate. Please put this in your calendar: http://gpna.org/event/81001?c=1875271
Darren February 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Congrats Keith!!!!! Well earned and deserved!!!
Keith Meadows March 16, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Peralte the "The Hat Sqaud" is the nickname for the homicide unit
Keith Meadows March 16, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Anjin-San I must apologize, I have only been in Zone Six for a month and I have been trying to make all of the community meetings. I am finding that is an extremely difficult task. I will make every effort to attend the next one, if I am unable I assure you Zone Six will be represented. Major Keith Meadows Reply

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