The Knoxville Police Department consists of 14 certified officers and two civilian positions. The department's sworn staff is made up of the chief, three lieutenants, and ten officers. Patrol officers currently work 12-hour shifts. Specialty assignments within the department include:
- Field training officer
- Firearms instructor
- Defensive Tactics Instructor
- School resource officer (see below)
- Taser instructor
- Task force officer
Knoxville police officers are dispatched through the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Although the vast majority of the department's enforcement activities and services are conducted within the city's 5 square miles, the department works closely with the Marion County Sheriff Department, Iowa State Patrol, and area police departments. The Knoxville Police Department is an active member of the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, the largest drug task force in Iowa.
The department's annual operating budget is slightly over $1.4 million.
The department actively encourages open communication with its citizens and the many visitors to our community. We are active on Facebook and participate in many community activities throughout the year.
School Resource Officer
Beginning in July 2013 the Knoxville Police Department has had an officer assigned to work in and with the schools. This SRO visits each school every school day. The SRO is the primary contact for incidents occurring on school property. The Knoxville Community School District has agreed to pay half of the Police Department's actual costs to have the officer assigned to the schools.
Knoxville Reserve Officers
The Knoxville Police Department Reserve Officers is a group of citizens interested in supporting the community by volunteering their time to be Police Officers. These men and women go through State mandated training and become certified to act as Police Reserves. Once certified, Reserve Officers have the same authority as any other officer to enforce laws, write citations, and make arrests only when they are under the supervision of a sworn officer. Knoxville Reserve Officers are often seen supplementing regular officers on patrol, at sporting events, and during Knoxville Nationals. They provide a valuable service and are greatly appreciated.
If you want more information about the Knoxville Reserves contact the Chief of Police.