Daniels grew up in a military family and said he was looking forward to interacting with students at George Washington. He hopes he can be a positive role model for the students as they change from teenagers to adults.
He said students are also able to report incidents through a prevention resource officer that they wouldn't be comfortable reporting through the police department in addition to everyday problems teenagers face.
"A lot of kids look to authority for guidance sometimes," he said, though admitting not all students will do so.
Dealing with high school students in a school setting is also a significant change compared with dealing with adults in the community, Daniels said.
"I try not to have that superiority complex," he said. "You have to be able to turn that switch off. On patrol, you're constantly guarded, but at the school, you have to break that barrier."
While an officer's presence at any school allows for a quick response of an incident should it occur, the presence should also help to thwart criminal activity coming from outside the school as well. A Charleston Police Department vehicle is always visible outside of the high school, which Daniels said is a deterrent in and of itself.
Outside of work, Daniels lives and attends church with his wife and daughter in a neighboring county. He's a West Virginia State University graduate and has taught at the State Police academy and was an instructor for law enforcement orientation.
He loves the outdoors and is a self-described animal lover, too. Daniels has a particular fondness for pit bulls — owning such a dog himself — and he and his wife are active in animal rescues.
Daniels was able to meet some students and staff before the school year, and he said everyone was very welcoming and helpful.
"That means a lot to me," he said.
Daniels said that after serving in different parts of the Charleston Police Department, he's ready for a change-of-pace.
"You get to a point in your career where you enjoy this type of work," he said. "For me, it's a breath of fresh air."
At Capital, Cpl. Robert "Robbie" Brown is the new resource prevention officer.
Henderson said Brown carries 15 years of experience with him and has a background in the patrol division and detective bureau.
The Daily Mail could not reach Brown for comment for this story.
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