Colonel Mark A. Knott was sworn in as the West Warwick Police Department’s twenty-first Chief of Police on January 8, 2019. He is a twenty-six-year member of the force and was hired on December 14, 1994.

Colonel Knott served as a Patrol Officer on all three shifts before being promoted to Detective Sergeant and assigned to the Special Investigation Unit in December 2003. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served within the Patrol Division in 2005 before being promoted to the rank of Captain in 2006 and serving in both the Patrol and Detective Divisions. In 2012, Colonel Knott was promoted to the rank of Major and served as the Patrol/Operations Commander before becoming the Deputy Chief and serving as the Detective/Prosecution Commander. In August 2018, Colonel Knott was named the Interim Chief until his permanent appointment in 2019.

Colonel Knott was a long-time crisis negotiator on the West Warwick/Coventry Police Regional SWAT Team and served as the Crisis Negotiation Team Leader for many years. He was also the Vice President of the New England Crisis Negotiators Association until his recent appointment. Colonel Knott was also a founding member of the RI Law Enforcement State Peer Support Team shortly after The Station Night Club Fire and is still actively engaged in educating and supporting the men and women of our law enforcement communities.

Colonel Knott holds a Masters Degree in Justice Studies from Roger Williams University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Insurance from the University of Rhode Island, and an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement from the Community College of Rhode Island. He has attended numerous executive development courses and is slated to attend the 286th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Colonel Knott is looking forward to serving on the executive board of the RI Police Chiefs Association in the years to come and strengthening the support and leadership necessary for our sworn and civilian employees to do their jobs safely and efficiently.