Dalton McConney is a retired Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector. He mostly served as a uniformed officer in South London and came to prominence following the second Brixton riots In the mid-eighties. He was born in Barbados and educated at Ebenezer Boys and the Modern High School. He worked as a proof reader at the Barbados Advocated newspaper and at the Government Printing Office before joining the economic migration to the UK in I960.
Aged 36, he joined the Metropolitan Police in 1976. He served as a Constable at Battersea, Sergeant at Belgravia and a Recruit Instructor at Hendon Police College. He obtained the Certificate of Education (University of London) helped to research the new Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984. updated the Training Manual and taught the changes in the Act to instructors. He passed the Inspector’s examination in 1988 and was posted to Brixton after the second riots.
He was the first senior black officer to serve at Brixton Police Station in the Borough of Lambeth. gaining the trust of residents and helping to lower tensions. He also set up the “Brixton Summer Project” during the school holidays, engaging local unemployed youth as staff. A two-part C4 documentary, “The Brixton Beat”, highlighted Dalton’s role in the changes at Brixton. He received a Lambeth Civic Award, the Mayor’s Special Award and in 1994 was awarded the MBE for Police/Community Service.
He was promoted to Chief Inspector in 1994, was Staff Officer to the Assistant Commissioner. Personnel Manager at Walworth Police Station, set up the first Criminal Justice Unit and formulated a strategy to deal with street robbery (Operation Eagle Eye)i. He received two Assistant Commissioner’s Commendations for this work.
After serving in Bromley, he returned to Lambeth where he devised the Policing Diversity Strategy and Community/ Race Relations programme. He was awarded the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, featured in books highlighting black achievements for the Millennium and was one of the subjects of the “Black Power” photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. On retirement, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service and later received an Assistant Commissioner’s Commendation for work on Critical Incident Management. Dalton also supports various Barbadian Organisations in London and continues to use the high profile of his career to promote Barbados.