Captain Tony McElroy (retired) serves in the dual role as SDBPOA Sergeant-at-Arms and Parliamentarian. Tony McElroy recently retired from active duty where he served the citizens of San Diego with distinction for over 31 years as the revered Commanding Officer of the Southeastern Division.
Tony was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised in San Diego where he attended O’Farrell Junior High School, Morse High School, and San Diego State University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and received his Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from National University. He is a graduate of the 231st FBI National Academy.
During his tenure as a lieutenant, Tony was Commanding Officer of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Air Support, Homeland Security, and Critical Incident Management Units. He was also assigned as the Watch Commander where he reviewed and approved all arrests made by department personnel, ensuring that the arrests were lawful and proper.
Tony was previously assigned as a Community Relations Special Assistant to the Chief of Police. In that position, he was a liaison between the Department and the Community, and advised the Chief of Police on cultural issues.
Tony has worked in several different facets of the San Diego Police Department. He was a field-training officer and supervised a neighborhood policing team. He has worked in the Gang Unit, Narcotics Unit, Juvenile Investigations Unit, and Crimes Against Persons Unit. Tony was the Department lead during the inception of the San Diego Police Department’s Vehicle Stop Data Collection, a study that takes a look at Racial Profiling and Non-Biased Based Policing.
He is an academy instructor and diversity trainer for the department. He is a consultant and trainer for the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Tony has been married for twenty-seven years to his wife, Kimberly, a former lieutenant of the San Diego Police Department. He is a running and exercise enthusiast and also enjoys cycling, basketball, golf and tennis.