Chief of Police Daniel Carswell began his career with the St. Augustine Beach Police Department in 2006 where he served as patrolman for six years. In 2012 he was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant where he spent the next five years supervising the daily activities of a patrol shift and supervision of the department’s Field Training Program. In 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Patrol Operations Lieutenant where he oversaw all patrol activities, agency training, special events, and internal affairs. In 2020, he was appointed by Chief Robert Hardwick to the rank of Commander where he performed administrative and operational tasks to include the overall direction and support of the sworn and non-sworn agency members. On November 9th of 2020, he was selected as Interim Chief of during a transition in leadership with the agency. In March of 2021, Chief Carswell was officially selected by the commission to serve as the permanent Chief of Police.
Chief Carswell has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Flagler College and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Barry University. He is a graduate from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Senior Leadership Program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Florida Executive Development Seminar.