Lieutenant Mark McDaniel began his career with the Downey Police Department in 1990 as a Police Aide. Mark attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy and graduated as a Downey Police Officer in 1991. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on May 17, 2010.
Lieutenant McDaniel has served as a Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Police Corporal, and Patrol Supervisor. He has also worked as a Detective in the Gang Unit and in the Special Enforcement Team (SET) assisting with the recruitment and background investigations of all police department employees. Lieutenant McDaniel also served as the Administrative Sergeant before being promoted to Lieutenant. He also served as a Patrol Watch Commander and Special Operations Lieutenant, which oversees the Traffic Division.
In December 2012, Lieutenant McDaniel was assigned to the Detective Bureau where he currently oversees the Detectives, Narcotics and Gang Unit, and Forensics and Property Room. He is also the Department’s Public Information Officer and manages the School Resource Officer Program.
Lieutenant McDaniel was born in the city of Downey and was raised in Cerritos. He is a graduate of Cerritos High School. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach and holds a master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration. Lieutenant McDaniel is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Mark enjoys spending time with his family, camping and fishing, and is an avid Dallas Cowboys and UCLA Bruins football fan.