Dave Madonna began his career in law enforcement with the Upper Darby Police Department in 1996 and promoted to the rank of Captain in 2007. Currently assigned as Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, he has also served in command positions within the department’s Administration Division and Office of Training and Standards Division. Captain Madonna is a certified polygraph examiner and provides testing of potential police officers throughout region. He is a member of the department’s Hostage and Crisis Negotiations Team and is trained in tactical leadership, critical incident leadership, interview and interrogation and crime scene management. He also has primary responsibility for managing the Upper Darby Police Department’s social media sites which reaches tens of thousands of community members on a daily basis.
Captain Madonna is a native of Upper Darby Township and a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University in 1988, and is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice for Polygraph Examiners. In 2014, Captain Madonna was selected to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy for advanced training in the fields of executive leadership and management of law enforcement personnel.
Captain Madonna is an instructor with the Delaware County Municipal Police Academy, where he is responsible for classroom instruction and curriculum development. He has developed a curriculum entitled “Professional Approach to Law Enforcement Response” which serves as a guide for patrol officers in best practices for balancing professionalism with police tactics. He has played a key leadership role in the Upper Darby Township’s Citizens Police Academy of which he is the curriculum designer and instructor for the program.
As a former steering committee member of the recently formed Delaware County Crisis Intervention Team, Captain Madonna coordinated training that police officers receive from mental health professional to manage interactions with emotionally disturbed persons. He has volunteered with the juvenile probation system to improve police-juvenile relationships and he has assisted juveniles with fulfilling their court ordered community service by pairing them with seniors in need of household assistance. He mentors a 5th grade class within the Upper Darby School District.
In 2006, Captain Madonna was named the Marine Corps Officer of the Year award and has been the recipient of numerous commendations for various homicide investigations, administrative excellence, and service to the community.