Early Life & Education
Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Deputy Chief Dawn D’Ambrosio has spent most of her life in the Central Florida area and graduated from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs. While working toward her bachelor’s degree, Deputy Chief D’Ambrosio completed an internship with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement where she gained valuable investigative experience while working with and shadowing agents assigned to the Orlando Violent Crimes Unit.
She subsequently earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida, graduating cum laude, in 1996 with a Criminal Justice degree. She subsequently graduated from the Seminole State College’s Law Enforcement Academy in 1996 as valedictorian of her class.
Tenure With the Police Department
Deputy Chief D’Ambrosio was first hired as a part-time police officer for the Maitland Police Department in 1997 and joined as a full time employee in January 1998. During her tenure with the department, she has served in the position of Patrol Officer, Master Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and in 2017 attained the rank of Deputy Chief, assuming command of the Agency’s Operations Division. She has worked within our Patrol Division, Investigative Division and our Special Operations Division.
She is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Leadership Academy, Class 8 as well as the Southern Police Institute 66th Command Officer Development Course. Deputy Chief D’Ambrosio is a member of the Florida Police Chief’s Association, International Association of Police Chiefs, and the Central Florida Criminal Justice Association.
Her commitment and dedication to her community and the safety of children extends to her personal life where she and her husband are licensed foster parents.