New police officer hired

FLINT TWP. — Alexander Knopp was sworn in Tuesday morning as a township police officer.

The Flint Township Board approved hiring Knopp at its August 11 meeting.

Police Chief George Sippert said the Civil Service Commission provided Knopp’s name as the next eligible candidate.

Chief Sippert provided a brief biography of Knopp who is a graduate of Davison High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice- law enforcement from Ferris State University. He also graduated from the Ferris State Police Academy.

Most recently, Knopp was a police officer for Montrose Township, Chief Sippert said. Prior to that he worked for Genesee Township, the city of Flushing, the City of Mt. Morris and the City of Walled Lake.

Knopp passed a background investigation and all required physical and psychological exams, Chief Sippert said.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller clarified that Knopp is a replacement hire.

Chief Sippert confirmed that Knopp is being hired to fill a vacancy left by a retired officer. The township force currently as 32 officers but has been budgeted for 35 since 2011, he said.

Sippert also noted that another officer is expected to retire in September, which will reduce staffing levels back to 32 in about a month.

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