The Knoxville Police Department is currently staffed, as Officer Joel Kimpston-Burkgren graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy late last week.
Kimpston-Burkgren, 23, is originally from Perry. He was hired by the KPD in November 2013, prior to attending the academy. At his academy graduation ceremony, he was recognized as a member of the 300 Club. This exclusive club recognizes graduates who meet the highest levels of physical fitness standards. To earn this distinction, one must run 1.5 miles, perform 80 sit-ups and do 20 pull-ups in a specified amount of time. Only nine of 31 in his graduating class made the club.
Kimpston-Burkgren said he always enjoyed running and being fit. Exercise is also one of his favorite things to do for fun.
Inspiration to enter the field of law enforcement arose from having relatives in the field. He also has a close friend in law enforcement in Perry.
Kimpston-Burkgren is glad to be in Knoxville. The town is close enough to his hometown to allow him to help on his father’s farm when he has the time.
While he plans to be a part of the KPD for some time, he would eventually like to become a Deputy US Marshal. Kimpston-Burkgren interned with the Marshal’s Office while earning his Criminal Justice degree at Iowa State University.
Kimpston-Burkgren wants to thank Knoxville for the opportunity to serve the public as a law enforcement officer.