Lt. Pedro Valladares announces his retirement


Please join us in congratulating Lt. Pedro Valladares on his retirement from the Moline Police Department. 

Lt. Valladares began his 25-year career in 1996 as a patrol officer.  During his first year on patrol, he was awarded the Mothers Against Drunk Driving award for DUI enforcement. 

Lt. Valladares then served as a Community Oriented Policing Officer (COP) assigned to the Floreciente neighborhood. During his time at COP West, Lt. Valladares was awarded the Community Hero and Community Watch awards. 

Lt. Pedro Valladares and Erika Macias of Hola America News.
Photo Tar Macias / Hola America

“I’ve known Pedro since our high school years. I’ve seen his commitment to our community, in particular the Floreciente community since his early days in the police force.” said Tar Macias, publisher of Hola America News. “He loves his community and the community in return loves him back” he added.  

Lt. Valladares was then assigned to John Deere Middle School and Moline-Coal Valley School District as a Liaison Detective from 2004 through 2008. 


Lt. Valladares was assigned to the DARE program in 2009 before being promoted to Sergeant in 2009 where he was assigned patrol as a shift supervisor.  Lt. Valladares was then assigned to the newly created Community Policing Unit as a Sergeant until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2016. 

Lt. Valladares was assigned to second shift patrol until he moved to the Services Division in 2017.  In 2018, Lt. Valladares was selected as an Administrative Lieutenant, which is where he served until his retirement. 

Lt. Valladares volunteers every year at Viva Quad Cities Fiesta.
Photo Tar Macias

Lt. Valladares also served as a Hostage Negotiator as part of the Moline-East Moline Crisis Containment Unit for over 20 years, the last 12 years he was the Commander of the Negotiators. 

During his career. Lt. Valladares continued his higher education and received a Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University.

Thank you for your 25 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Moline. Enjoy retirement Lt. Valladares.

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