Veteran police officer retires

March 11, 2018 by  

After 30 years of service to the Farmington Hills Police Department, Sergeant James Knittel has retired. A ceremony was held recently where family, colleagues, and friends joined to wish him well.

Knittel was graduated from Madonna University with a bachelor’s degree, and joined the department in 1987. Over the course of his career in Farmington Hills, he has held a number of positions and won several awards.

Starting as a cadet, he was promoted to a sworn officer in 1989, and served in the patrol division, then the crime suppression unit. He served as a detective in the investigative division.

Knittel was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and rejoined the patrol division, then later that same year, returned to supervise the investigative division. In 2007, he was selected to supervise a drug task force comprised of special agents from the DEA as well as police officers from West Bloomfield, Novi, Farmington Hills, and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.

His distinguished career has made Knittel one of Farmington Hills’ most decorated police officers, with over 65 honors to his name. These include one merit citation, six commendations, one chief’s citation, and a Valorous Conduct Award given by the Franklin police Department. In 2012, he was Farmington Hills Police Officer of the Year.

On occasions like this, family and friends might present new business cards to the honoree, reflecting their next stage in life.