Police Chief Scott Kniffen Set to Retire After 40 Years in Law Enforcement

Posted by April Reiling on Sep 11, 2014
Tags: Community, Government, Public Safety, Town News, TCPD

Trophy Club Chief of Police, Scott Kniffen, will retire on September 26, 2014 after 40 years in law enforcement. Chief Kniffen has led the Trophy Club Police Department since September 2006 and faithfully served the citizens of Trophy Club for eight years. He and his wife Joanne have purchased acreage in Clyde, Texas, and look forward to a slow-paced retirement in a tight-knit community with deep family roots.

Chief Kniffen leaves large shoes to fill and will be missed by co-workers, law enforcement peers and many in the Trophy Club Community.


A Note From Chief Kniffen
The Trophy Club Police Department is staffed with dedicated professionals. It has been very satisfying to see these officers increase their capabilities and improve their certification levels through the training we’ve been able to provide. That’s one of the things of which I’m proudest.  These officers, as a result of their own efforts more than mine, are committed to improvement because they know that preparation is one of the keys to success.

It’s no secret that being able to publically praise our officers and hand out their awards at the annual awards presentation is one of my favorite things to do as a Chief. Praising someone or giving them a pat on the back in private is nice but bringing the officers into the Council meetings where everyone there can hear about what they’ve accomplished is more meaningful. I’ll miss that.

The hiring process for the Chief position has attracted some experienced, capable applicants. Whoever walks into this office will be greeted by well trained, capable, committed officers who have a vested interest in the future of the Department. That future is bright. The Department enjoys the support of the community. It has a good reputation throughout the region. Turnover is low and the Department will continue to grow. I’m proud to have had a small role in making these things happen. It’s been a privilege and an honor to be Chief of Police in Trophy Club.

Chief Kniffen’s Biography
Chief Kniffen is a veteran Texas peace officer, who holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate and Instructor License with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He is a Graduate of the Management Institute of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (now called the Leadership Command College) and St. Edwards University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

He began his career with the Texas Department of Public Safety as a Highway Patrol Trooper then moved to the Conroe Police Department where he served as a patrol officer, computer system administrator, jailer, and Interim Chief.  After a brief stint as a Reserve Deputy Constable, he joined the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as an Internal Affairs Investigator.   In 1993 he became the Chief of Police and Emergency Management Coordinator in Sunset Valley, Texas where he served for over 13 years. He was appointed Chief of Police in Trophy Club, Texas in September, 2006 and will be retiring from Trophy Club in September, 2014 after 40 years in law enforcement, 21 of which were as Chief of Police. 

He is an active member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA), the North Texas Police Chiefs Association, and is a founding member and past-president of the Capital Area Law Enforcement Executives Association.  He has served on the Legislative Committees for the TPCA and the Texas Municipal League.  In 2006, Chief Kniffen received the Excellence in Police Work award from the 100 Club of Central Texas and in 2010 he received the Outstanding Crime Prevention Administrator (Small Agency) from the Texas Crime Prevention Association.