Indianapolis, IN - Earlier today, December 12th, the Indiana State Police Department was honored with three awards presented by Richard McQueary, President of the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA). The awards were presented in recognition of the state police’s continued support of the IPWDA.
Established in 1988, the IPWDA is committed to assisting law enforcement agencies in the training and continued improvement of police work dogs, to include the establishment of working standards for all work dogs, handlers and trainers through an accredited program.
Dr. Paul Whitesell, Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, accepted the Presidential Award on behalf of the Indiana State Police K-9 Division for the continued support and promotion of the IPWDA.
Captain Matt Bilkey accepted the IPWDA award presented in recognition of all state police K-9 members.
Sergeant Tony Knox, K-9 Program Coordinator for the Enforcement Division, was presented the Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to a member who has demonstrated a pattern of service above that which is normally displayed, to the improvement and betterment of the International Police Work Dog Association. He was presented a plaque and uniform bar.
Sgt. Knox graduated from North Side High School in 1983 and attended Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne and Trine University. He graduated from the Indiana State Police Academy in 1987 and was assigned to the Fort Wayne Post. Knox was promoted through the ranks at the Fort Wayne Post working at positions of Undercover Investigator, K-9 Handler, Corporal, District Squad Sergeant and Patrol K-9 Program Coordinator. A position he has held since 2006. Sergeant Knox lives with his wife and two children in Dekalb County.