Chief Darryl McAllister
Chief Darryl McAllister was raised in Hayward, California from age three and is a product of Hayward elementary, middle, and high schools. In 1977 as a young teen, he joined the Hayward Police Department’s Explorer Scout Program out of his burning desire to learn about police work. At age 18, he was hired on full-time as a police assistant (current-day community service officer) and assigned to work in the jail. Two years later, at age 20, he was promoted to be a sworn Hayward police officer and served throughout the ranks of the Hayward PD for more than 30 years. In September 2013 he was selected as deputy chief of the Union City Police Department, and on October 1, 2014, he was appointed as Union City’s chief of police.
As a ranking officer in both cities, he has commanded several divisions, bureaus, and functions including Patrol Operations, Investigations, Youth and Family Intervention and Counseling Services, School Policing Services, Gang Violence Suppression, Community Policing Services, SWAT, Canine Units, and Media Relations. His manuscript, Law Enforcement Turns to Face Recognition Technology, was published by Information Today Magazine in May 2007.
In his spare time he serves as a member of the faculty at both the University of Phoenix and Chabot College, teaching primarily criminal justice and public policy courses. For nearly twenty years he has served as a board member of several community organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the St. Rose Hospital Foundation. He also serves as a youth mentor with Reality Mentor, Inc. He is a two-time nominee and one-time recipient of Hayward’s Police Officer of the Year Award, a 2007 Recipient of the “Hayward Pearl Award” honoring volunteer service to the community, and he was also awarded in 2013 as University of Phoenix’s Faculty Member of the Year for the San Francisco Bay Area Campus region. In November 2015, at an award gala attended by 300 colleagues, friends, family, and community members, the Southern Alameda County NAACP presented Chief McAllister with its most prestigious tribute: The “Person of the Year” Award.
Chief McAllister holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Studies and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Development. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia—a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. He is also an alumnus of the California Command College—a graduate level futures study program of the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
Chief Darryl C. McAllister can be reached by phone at 510-675-5250 or email at DMcAllister@unioncity.org