Visalia police announces two sergeant promotions

Bill Diltz (left), Dan Ford (right)
Bill Diltz (left), Dan Ford (right)

Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar announced promotions for two of his officers to sergeant.

Agent Bill Diltz’s promotion will be effective on March 5, and Detective Dan Ford’s will be effective on March 19.

Diltz has been assigned to the Patrol Bureau and the Field Training Unit. He has also served as a member of the department’s Rapid Response Team and as a weaponless defense instructor.

In 2007, he was promoted to agent and transferred to the Violent Crimes Unit. He worked in that assignment until 2011 when he was transferred to District One Patrol.

He has an associate degree in criminal justice from College of the Sequoias and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento.

Ford began his career with the Visalia Police Department in 2005. As an officer, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, DUI Enforcement Team and the Gang Suppression Unit. He also served as a secretary for the Visalia Police Officer’s Association.

Prior to his promotion to sergeant, Ford was assigned as a detective in the Violent Crimes Unit, where he also served as a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Ford has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology and a minor in history from Ball State University.