Commander William Dixon began his career with the Menlo Park Police Department in January 1990 as a Police Explorer. He held various positions throughout the special services and patrol operations divisions prior to being hired as a police officer in July 1997, including parking enforcement, records, and dispatch. As a police officer, he shared his experiences with police recruits in the classroom as a police academy training officer and in the community as a field training officer.
In 2003, Dixon was selected as one of the first members of the department’s newly formed Narcotics Enforcement Team. During his time with NET, he qualified as a court recognized expert in the area of narcotics sales and use. He was also the first Menlo Park officer to be certified by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as a drug recognition expert.
Promoted to sergeant in February 2007, he served as a field supervisor for several years before being selected as the department’s administrative sergeant. In this capacity, he acted as the project manager when introducing new technologies to the police department, and oversaw several department patrol units. As the administrative sergeant, he also conducted internal investigations for allegations of misconduct.
Dixon served as the interim commander of the patrol operations division from January 2014 until being appointed to the permanent position in February 2015.
Dixon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Notre Dame de Namur University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration, also at NDNU. In addition, he is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.