Chief Robert Dale was promoted to the position of Chief of Police of the Town of Irmo in August of 2021. A fifth-generation law enforcement officer, he began his career with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport Police Department in December of 2001 and joined Irmo Police Department in November of 2003.
Throughout his career at Irmo Police Department, Chief Dale has served a majority of his career in the patrol division as Patrolman, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant. Later on, he was selected Victim Advocate and Code Enforcement Sergeant, Sergeant of the Community Services Division, Administrative Sergeant managing the Patrol Division and Assistant Chief of Police.
Chief Dale was awarded MADD Officer of the Year in 2007 and has previously served as the department’s liaison for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Network and Alcohol Enforcement Team. He is also a recent graduate of the FBI Carolina Command College held in March of 2021.
Chief Dale is a founding member of the Irmo Police Department Community Foundation where he currently serves as Board Secretary. A firm believer in bridging the gap between the community and police, Chief Dale has played an essential role in coordinating events for the residents of Irmo. He has served as Irmo Police Department’s “National Night Out” Coordinator since 2017 and has had an enormous impact on growing the annual celebration into the vast and successful event it is today. In addition to “National Night Out,” Chief Dale has also had the pleasure of coordinating “Shop with a Cop” each year to bring smiles to the faces of the children of Irmo.
Chief Dale has an open-door policy and welcomes the residents of Irmo to visit and meet the Irmo Police Department officers and staff.
Born in Alabama, Chief Dale is an avid University of Alabama football fan and a proud resident of the Town of Irmo where he lives with his wife and three sons.