After an honorable 34-year-career in law enforcement, with the final 24 years of service to the City of Champaign, Deputy Chief of Police Troy Daniels is retiring from the Champaign Police Department. Daniels was sworn in on December 12, 1994, and his final day of service is today, July 10, 2019.
“Serving Champaign as a law enforcement professional has been a privilege and I couldn’t be more grateful for the support I’ve received and the relationships I’ve made within the police department and the community,” said Daniels. “Champaign has been my home for my entire life, and it’s where I am happily retiring to. Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a rewarding career.”
From 1994 to 2001, Daniels served as a patrol officer, general crimes detective, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, and lieutenant with Champaign Police. In 2001, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police and spent the next 16 years as the Deputy Chief of Operational Support, overseeing the Investigations Unit, High Tech Crimes Unit, Fiscal Administration Unit, and School Resource Officers. He retires as the Deputy Chief of Operations, primarily responsible for managing the Patrol Division and is the Administrative Commander of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit.
Daniels is a board member on Crime Stoppers USA and is an advisor to Crime Stoppers of Champaign County and the Illinois State Crime Stoppers Association. In 2016, he was awarded “The Chairman’s Award” during the Crime Stoppers National Conference for his “many years of dedication and outstanding service to Crime Stoppers.”
He’s received more than 32 Commendations, City Awards and Recognitions during his career, including those for professionalism, arrests, investigative work, integrity and teamwork.
“Troy’s leadership, expertise and experience has been invaluable to our City, our Department and to me as Police Chief,” said Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb. “His passion for Champaign and his commitment to public safety excellence has been immeasurable, and he should be very proud of the career he led. I wish him the best in retirement and I know his work making a positive difference in people’s lives will only continue, but in new ways.”