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Chief Frank Daniels

Chief Frank Daniels

1968 - 1981

Frank Daniels was born in Lake Wales, Florida on November 29, 1927. He attended public schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Daniels served in the United States Army for three years prior to beginning his career in law enforcement when he joined the Clearwater Police Department on January 16, 1949. He was quickly promoted to the rank of Sergeant on November 1, 1950. Two years later, on January 16, 1952, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant. Sergeant Daniels was advanced in rank to Uniform Captain on February 5, 1958 and to Detective Captain on March 19, 1958.

Frank Daniels was the recipient of the Palmitier Award for outstanding police work in 1955. He attended and graduated from both the Southern Police Institute and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. Detective Captain Daniels was appointed Chief of Police on August 3, 1968, upon the retirement of Chief Willis D. Booth. As Chief of Police, Daniels established a modern communications center and reorganized the police department by implementing three divisions: Operations, Administration, and Support Services. Each of these divisions was headed by administrators promoted to the newly created rank of Police Major.

Chief Daniels was a member and past President of the Exchange Club of Clearwater, the Tampa Bay Area’s Chiefs of Police Association, and the Florida Peace Officers’ Association.

Chief Daniels retired to campaign for Sheriff of Pinellas County in 1980; his official retirement from the police department was on February 2, 1981. Chief Daniels was active in banking after leaving the department and later created a firm specializing in private investigation.He died Sept. 22, 2013

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