Dan Bennett

Dan Bennett


  • Police Commissioner and Executive Director of University Safety and Security
  • Doctoral Student, Higher Education Leadership, Edgewood College
  • MS, Public Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • BS, Public Administration in Law Enforcement, Nevada State College


Daniel Bennett serves as the Police Commissioner and Executive Director of Safety and Security for Michigan Technological University with the responsibility of overseeing the University Police Department, University Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management and all University Safety and Security functions.  Daniel is also a member of the University Incident Command Team, serving as one of four "Emergency Operations Center Directors". 

Daniel has been part of the Michigan Tech family since 2009. He began his public service in 1980 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served two tours in the Infantry. In 1989 he began his law enforcement career and has served continuously as a sworn officer for both municipal and university police departments in Illinois, Nevada and Michigan.  During his career, Daniel served in a variety of law enforcement roles including Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police, Patrol Officer, Gang Task Force Officer, Detective and the Crime Prevention Officer. He is a trained detective, evidence technician, crime scene photographer, traffic accident investigator (I), firearms instructor, baton instructor, self-defense instructor and holds a black belt (1st degree) in “Taiho Jutsu” (literally translated as ‘the art of arrest’), a martial art developed by the Japanese police designed specifically for law enforcement officers.

Daniel is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Associations Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives and received a certificate of completion for the “Crisis Leadership in Higher Education” program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.