Daniel Misiaszek has 30 years of public safety experience, having started his career as a paramedic in upstate New York. Misiaszek worked for four years in the field, including time at the trauma unit of the Faxton-St. Luke Hospital in Utica. After he left the trauma unit, Misiaszek joined the United States Army and served as an orthopedic technician until he was injured in a parachuting accident.
Receiving a medical discharge from the Army, Dan then joined the San Marcos, Texas police department (SMPD), where he progressed rapidly. During his distinguished police career with the SMPD (1987 to 2006), Misiaszek served as a field training officer, hostage negotiator, detective, shift supervisor, criminal intelligence officer, firearms and tactics instructor, range master, and fatality collision investigator.
Misiaszek also created the San Marcos Area Recovery Team (SMART) diver program. Misiaszek commanded the SMART for 16 years while performing dive recovery operations throughout the state of Texas. SMART performed underwater searches and located evidence to help law enforcement agencies in accidents, missing persons and crimes involving underwater investigations. Dan once stayed underwater for more than 60 hours as part of a fundraising event for SMART. This underwater accomplishment was a new world record for the longest open water scuba.
Upon his retirement from law enforcement, Misiaszek deployed overseas as a contractor to provide high-threat protection and diplomatic security. In addition, he served as a range master and firearms instructor supporting high-threat protection missions in Baghdad, Iraq.
Misiaszek currently serves as a certified firearms instructor and range master. He supervises the day-to-day, live-fire qualification and training courses for high-threat protection personnel overseas. Misiaszek is responsible for the logistical services for the firing range which host multiple military and contracted units, as well as the many multinational embassies and coalition partners.