Peoria Police Department Officer Brandon Knights Chief Arthur Miller

Peoria Police Department Chief Arthur Miller (left) bids farewell to retiring Officer Brandon Knights.

On Oct. 5, the Peoria Police Department announced Officer Bradford “Boogie” Knights was hanging up his service revolver.

“He retired after 20-plus years of faithful service,” said Twitter and Facebook posts from the department.

He will be missed, judging from a few Facebook comments:

“Officer Knights is one of the most professorial officers that I had the privilege of meeting,” wrote Nancy Schilling Thurnes.

Beth Matheny Kern seconded that: “Thanks for all your wonderful work and connection to our schools and our neighborhoods!” 

And Harry Howard added, “Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service. Now go play your guitar Boogie!”

Knights started as a Peoria Police Officer in July, 1999. He served the city for 20 years and two months as a patrol officer, detective in the Street Crimes Unit and member of the Crisis Negotiation Team.

The Peoria Police named him Officer of the Year in 2013, the same year the Peoria Elks Lodge Named him Officer of the Year.

Also last week, the Peoria Police Department announced six new officers: Gaetano N. Florio, Andre Jackson, Xavier Reyes, Tyler Indelicato, Joshua Kielman and Dylan Dominguez.