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VSO Capt. Kyle McDaniel Graduates From FBI National Academy

Date Added: September 19, 2023 2:57 pm

Andrew Gant
Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations


The Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Captain Kyle McDaniel has graduated as a member of the 287th session of the FBI National Academy.

The graduation took place Thursday at the National Academy in Quantico, Va.  Nationally, fewer than 1 percent of officers have the opportunity to attend the program.

McDaniel, 42, is the commander of VSO District 1 (Coastal), overseeing law enforcement service on Volusia County beaches. He has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2011, working in patrol, crime suppression, and investigative services as a detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. He previously served as commander of District 4 in Deltona. Prior to joining VSO, McDaniel spent more than 10 years with Volusia County Beach Safety.

McDaniel is also a past graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the SWAT Command Decision Making and Leadership course.

"The Sheriff's Office is fortunate to have capable leaders like Capt. McDaniel working to take our organization to the next level," said Sheriff Mike Chitwood, a graduate of the FBI NA's 204th session. "I want to congratulate him on this accomplishment and thank his family for all their support as he serves our agency and community."

In addition to Sheriff Chitwood (2001), Capt. McDaniel joins Chief Deputy Brian Henderson (2016) and Capt. Eric Dietrich (2009) as current sworn members of VSO who have graduated from the National Academy.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the FBI National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training.

Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

The 287th session consisted of 199 law enforcement officers from 46 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 21 countries, four military organizations, and three federal civilian organizations.

About the FBI National Academy

FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered. A total of 54,565 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.

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