Rock Island Police Chief Jeffrey R. Ven Huizen has announced the promotion of Daniel R. Knittle to the rank of lieutenant. Knittle will be assigned to the patrol division as a watch commander. He was previously a sergeant assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, Persons / Property Unit.

He was hired by the Rock Island Police Department on Aug. 7, 1989, and served in the Field Operations Division until being promoted to detective on Feb. 18, 2000, when he was assigned to the Juvenile Investigations Unit. He was promoted to sergeant on Nov. 5, 2005, and assigned as Assistant Watch Commander in the Field Operations Division.

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On June 29, 2009, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division, Juvenile Investigations Unit where he served until September 2010 when he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division, Person’s and Property Unit.

Knittle also has served as a Field Training Officer and a Special Agent with Metropolitan Enforcement Group. He was a member of the Rock Island Dive Team, Emergency Response Team and the Hostage Negotiation Team. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Illinois University.