Employee of the Month


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City of Porterville
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
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City of Porterville

January 2012 Employee of the Month

Officer Mark Knox

Porterville Police Department


Department Directors for the City of Porterville have selected Officer Mark Knox as the Employee of the Month for January 2012.

Mark Knox came to work for the Porterville Police Department in May of 2002, after beginning his career with the Woodlake Police Department in 2000.

Mark was selected as Police Officer of the Year in 2003.

Mark has worked in a variety of assignments at the police department, which included time as an officer in the Patrol Division.  Mark worked three years as the DUI Enforcement Officer and to date has made over 1,100 arrests of individuals driving a motor vehicle while impaired.

Mark worked three years in the Special Investigations Unit where he investigated narcotics cases and gang investigations.  He was involved in a multi-agency gang investigation in the city of Porterville that concluded in 2008 with the arrests of over 50 individuals and the service of 25 search warrants.

In 2008, Mark was assigned to the Officer-In-Charge Program, where he became the supervisor in the absence of the shift Sergeant.

In 2010, Mark became the supervisor of the School Resource Officers, the Explorer Program, and the GREAT Program taught by Officer Mariko Williams. Mark spends several extra hours each week overseeing these programs, and donates hours to the Explorer Program each time they work details at Pebble Beach.

The police department recently tapped Mark’s past experience in landscaping to assist in the planning and installation of the irrigation system at the new police shooting range which now has over 1½ acres of sprinkler system.

Mark makes his home in Visalia with his dog, JD. Mark spends much of his free time doing outdoor activities including camping, hunting, and fishing.

Mark is a highly-valued member of the Porterville Police Department and a role model for young officers to emulate. He comes to work everyday with the mindset of doing the best job possible and making a difference through his work for our community.

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