TAYLOR MILL, KY - MARCH 18, 2014 - The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) will recognize Taylor Mill Police Chief Steve Knauf at their 2014 "Public Administrator of the Year Awards" Banquet in the category of "Program Excellence".
This event will take place at the Phoenix in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 11, 2014. Taylor Mill Mayor Daniel L. Bell will be accepting the award on behalf of Chief Knauf who will be out of town and unable to attend the event.
CAO Jill Bailey nominated Chief Knauf, stating "with a Police Department of only 12 full-time sworn Officers and one full-time Administrative Assistant, Chief Knauf had the vision to lead his department to become one of the smallest Law Enforcement Agencies in the world to attain International Accreditation, through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), twice over". Additionally, the Taylor Mill Police Department is the first and ONLY Small agency in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to become CALEA accredited. CALEA defines a small agency as one with a staff of 25 or less. The Taylor Mill Police Department and the Lexington Police Department are the ONLY CALEA accredited agencies in Kentucky.
CAO Bailey noted that Chief Knauf had the foresight to recognize that the attainment of CALEA accreditation would be a vehicle to demonstrate agency transparency to internal and external stakeholders, and ongoing process used to further enhance/professionalize police department operations, and to measure and contrast the Taylor Mill Police Department against industry best practice standards developed by National Expert Law Enforcement Practioners.
As quoted by Chief Knauf in the Kentucky Law Enforcement Magazine "we are a small agency, but we want to be the best we can be, we always want to challenge ourselves to get better".
Mayor Bell stated, "Chief Knauf had the vision that CALEA accreditation would be a linchpin in transforming the Taylor Mill Police Department into what the organization is today, a destination Law Enforcement Agency, where Police Officers stay for a career up to retirement, certainly a defining achievement for Chief Knauf, the Taylor Mill Police Department, CAO Bailey, and all of the Taylor Mill City Commissioners"