Bellevue Police Department, Bellevue
Detective Carl Kleinknecht graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 1989 with a B.A. in English. He began his law enforcement career in 1989 with the Charleston (SC) police department and received the department's Officer of the Year Award in 1990. He transferred to the Bellevue (WA) police department in 1991 and received that department's Officer of the Year Award in 2000 and a Meritorious Service Award in 2006. He has served as a patrol officer, field training officer and firearms instructor. He has been assigned as a detective since 1995 in various units including the gang/car prowl unit and the property crimes unit. He served with the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and for the past five years has been assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit at Bellevue PD.