Daniel Malta was sworn into the Flagler County Sheriff’s Department, Monday, Sept. 21, and is the third male in his family to become a Flagler County officer.
On Monday, Sept. 21, 13 new deputies were sworn into the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. One deputy, Daniel Malta, is the third male in his family to become a Flagler County officer. Malta started his path toward becoming a deputy in his sophomore year of high school with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program. He then graduated Flagler Palm Coast High School in 2013 and immediately joined the police academy to graduate in 2015.
“Ever since I can remember, I have always aspired to be a deputy,” Daniel Malta said. “Growing up, I saw how rewarding the occupation was for my father; his career inspired me to follow the same path.”
The new deputies each received a badge, which was pinned to their uniform, and then were sworn into the department.
“It has been a proud day for his mother and I to watch him get sworn in; he got to this point all on his own,” said Daniel's father, David Malta. “He will carry the torch through the next few generations. Daniel was raised in this county, now he will be protecting the community he grew up in.”
David Malta is the most senior law enforcement officer in the agency and has worked for the department for 29 years. With retirement in the plans for 2016, he is ready to pass along the vocation to his son.
Also present for the ceremony was Daniel’s grandfather, retired Lt. Jim Schweers, of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. “I am glad he is following in our footsteps to become a deputy,” Schweers said.