Daniel D. Swanson
Daniel came to Southern Utah University from Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born and raised there and raised two children during his 40 years calling Las Vegas his home. Daniel attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he attained his Bachelors in Arts in Political Science. He went on to receive his Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice from UNLV in 2010. His Master’s thesis involved the analysis of millions of calls for service and its impact on directed patrol activities, Displacement or diffusion: A secondary analysis of the Las Vegas Safe Village Initiative .
Daniel worked in Law Enforcement for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for over 20 years. During that time he worked in a multitude of assignments as a police officer and a corrections officer. He credits his workplace experience, and stories, to one of the most respected agencies in the country. Daniel was highly involved in local and state politics, and was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to serve as a State of Nevada Wildlife Commissioner. He served in that capacity for three years learning the intricacies of state government.
After retiring from LVMPD, he was asked to instruct law enforcement officers in the Salt Lake area, assisting them towards their Bachelors degrees in Criminal Justice. The close partnerships he fostered during the three-year period prompted him to return to policing, working as a reserve police officer in the Tooele county area in order to understand the differences in regional law enforcement agencies.
Today, Daniel feels very fortunate to be guiding students, in this field, at Southern Utah University, a university that excels in student involvement and rates of graduation. Daniel and his wife Madalyn, look forward to many more years of teaching and being a new grandpa to twin boys.
Lecturer of Criminal Justice