2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Nominee
Officer Knouse is a thirty-year veteran of law enforcement, with York County Parks, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and the Heidleberg Township Police Department, which was disbanded to form the Southwestern Regional Police Department, where he is currently assigned as a patrol officer, evidence custodian and a member of the county forensic team. He is the recipient of several Employee of the Quarter awards and a commendation for bravery against an armed adversary.
Knouse was born in York, and is a graduate of Red Lion High School and Harrisburg Area Community College. He is married to Melinda, and has one adult daughter, Maggie. Knouse is involved in his local church
Officer Knouse’s 30 years of law enforcement experience makes him the “go to” person for answers, not only within the department but on a county-wide basis. His experience and knowledge from many years with the PA Fish & Boat Commission as well as municipal police departments enhances the services the department provides the community.
Knouse has been the department’s only evidence technician since it was formed in 2002. It is estimated that Knouse has logged and maintained over 8,000 pieces of evidence, and is always available for courtroom testimony. Knouse handles these duties in addition to his full time patrol duties.
Knouse has also been an active member of the York County Forensic Team since the department was formed. His expertise in this field has allowed him to participate in and solve some of the most serious crimes in York County, while bringing that expertise to the department.
Knouse has received two department commendations, including one for an incident where his life was in peril and he needed to take quick and decisive actions.
For all of these reasons, Officer Knouse is our choice for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Nominated by Chief Gregory Bean
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