THAYER -- Josh McDaniel, 31, has worked as an officer for the Thayer Police Department for three years.
He is a 1995 graduate of Mammoth Spring High School. He and his wife April live in Thayer and have four children.
McDaniel is a 2005 graduate of the Missouri Sheriff's Academy in West Plains and has received the needed 640 hours of basic law enforcement training to become an accredited officer.
"I was hired as a reserve officer for the police force in June of 2005 and was hired as a full-time officer, Nov. 9, 2005," he said. Before becoming a police officer he worked as the foreman for a Mammoth Spring roofing company.
McDaniel has always been interested in law enforcement. "I grew up around law enforcement. My dad at one time served as a constable in Williford, Ark.," he said.
McDaniel works the evening shift at the Thayer Police Station, most of the time from 3 to 11 p.m.
"I am a patrolman and a uniform crime reporter for the department. I send information to the highway patrol and the FBI," he said.
"If I had to pick the hardest part of my job it would probably be dealing with the welfare of children. On the other hand if I had to pick the best part of my job it would also be dealing with the welfare of children," McDaniel said.
"It is great to be on patrol and see kids standing out in the yard and they wave at you and if you have time you stop and talk and they say, 'I want to be a police officer when I grow up.' That's a good feeling," he said.
Another satisfying part of McDaniels job is bringing a good end to cases he works on.
"And of course it always helps when you work with a great group of guys," McDaniel said.