Captain McDaniel is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and started his law enforcement career as a Patrolman with the City of Longwood Police Department in 1996. After serving the citizens of Longwood for one year, he began his career at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in 1997. He worked as a Deputy in the Patrol Division and as a Detective with the Persons Crimes Unit.
In 2001, he returned to the Patrol Division and was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. One year later, he transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he served as the East Property Unit Sergeant and later as the Persons Crime Unit Sergeant. In 2003, he returned to the Patrol Division and was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant in 2006.
In 2017, he transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he served as the Lieutenant of the East Property, Financial Crimes, East CRT, and East Community Services Units. After the Parkland Florida shooting in February 2018, he was reassigned to the School Safety Division and supervised the expansion of the School Resource Officers Unit from 28 to 58 sworn personnel and supervisors. In 2019, he transferred to the Judicial Services Division as was promoted to Judicial Services Captain in 2021.
Captain McDaniel has served as a Field Training Officer and was the Field Training Coordinator for the West Patrol Division. He is a 2008 graduate from the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Course.