Wrap Technologies Adds Retired Chief To Public Safety Relations Team
TEMPE, Arizona – March 30, 2020 – Wrap Technologies, Inc. (the “Company” or “Wrap”) (Nasdaq: WRTC), an innovator of modern policing solutions, appointed recently retired and 44 year law enforcement veteran Chief Scott Knight of Chaska Police Department in Minnesota to the Company’s Public Safety Relations Team.
Chief Knight joins Richard Ross Jr., retired Commissioner of Philadelphia Police Department, and Edmund Hartnett, retired Commissioner of Yonkers Police Department, to help lead the Company’s public safety relations efforts.
“I’ve known Chief Knight for a long time – he is among the most well respected, iconic Chiefs in law enforcement,” said Don De Lucca, Chief Strategy Officer at Wrap Technologies. “We are honored to have Chief Knight on the team, and he will be a great asset for our initiative to bring our remote restraint solution to the belt of every police officer.”
Chief Knight began his career with the Chaska Police Department in 1976. He has served as a patrol officer, detective, training officer, field training officer, firearms instructor, police fitness instructor, sergeant, lieutenant, deputy chief of police, and was appointed Chief of Police in January 2000. Chief Knight is a graduate of the FBI National Academy – Session 176 – and a graduate/member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA).
Chief Knight is a past president of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (2004- 2005). He was appointed to the IACP Executive Committee for two two-year terms and served as the Chair of the IACP Firearms Committee, from 2005- 2012. He has served as a senior advisor to the IACP on matters of national policing importance and on policy and practice development.
In 2008 Chief Knight received the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association’s “President’s Award” for his work on gun violence and officer safety issues. Chief Knight has worked as an advisor to National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Community Prosecution and Anti-Gang Violence Initiative. He received the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions’ “2008 Human Rights Award” in appreciation of his efforts in building trust and partnerships with diverse populations and the police.
Chief Knight had the honor of being invited to the White House on multiple occasions, during President Barack Obama’s tenure, to represent law enforcement to address issues surrounding Bullying, Gun Violence and Public Safety Policy, and to review the President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing.
During the course of his career, Chief Knight has been decorated eight times. Knight is proudest of two leadership awards given to him by his own officers, and one given to him by Chaska’s Latino community.
“I am honored to join the Wrap Technologies team. This is a group of committed professionals, with impeccable career histories. Wrap offers a revolutionary tool for officers that will save lives, create “no harm done” incident resolution, and spare officers the trauma that arises from the possible need to use deadly force.” said Chief Knight.
About Wrap Technologies (Nasdaq: WRTC)
Wrap Technologies is an innovator of modern policing solutions. The Company’s BolaWrap 100 product is a patented, hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar® tether to entangle an individual at a range of 10-25 feet. Developed by award winning inventor Elwood Norris, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer, the small but powerful BolaWrap 100 assists law enforcement to safely and effectively control encounters, especially those involving an individual experiencing a mental crisis. For information on the Company please visit www.wraptechnologies.com. Examples of recent media coverage are available as links under the “Media” tab of the website.
Trademark Information: BolaWrap and Wrap are trademarks of Wrap Technologies, Inc. All other trade names used herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.
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I am a business owner in Chaska and want to share feedback from experiences working with Scott (Chief) Knight over the years:
Most of the time we view people with public safety and protection expertise as providing support after something bad happens. What I found extremely valuable over the years was working proactively to prevent situations from occurring and making our organization better prepared if they did.
Everything from “Active Shooter” training exercises to examining our facilities involving lighting, camera placement and how to remove hiding spots around the facility grounds is an important necessity today. All these efforts were in support of creating a safer, better prepared work environment for our employees.
One unique situation we had involved the termination of an employee, which to this day I am so glad I called Scott Knight, in advance, to seek his advice and guidance. I shared my concerns about the individual and how I felt the employee might be a physical threat and risk to other employees. We met and developed a detailed plan together, which included on-site support during the termination process. I am convinced to this day that, if we had not put our planning measures in place, we would have needed to call the police for a bad situation.
I was also amazed at the positive response our organization received from our employees, when they learned of the proactive measures we had taken.
Here is what I have learned; it is not if something is going to happen, it is rather the need to be prepared for when something happens. The time and money spent in advance, by having a relationship with Scott Knight, examining current environments to help define procedures and provide support when required is all worth it.
I recommend Scott Knight without qualification. He is a man of his word, as well as a person of great integrity. You can rest assured that any task or responsibility he takes on will be done well and in a timely fashion. He has a positive attitude and a great work ethic. I have the greatest confidence in his skills and abilities, and commend him highly.
John M. Bauer, Pastor
The Basilica of Saint Mary
April 16, 2020
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Chief Scott Knight is the most amazing law enforcement professional I have ever met. He has a spirit of genuine love and care for others. He is amazing at interacting in multicultural settings and his intercultural social skills are exceptional.
Chief Knight has always been a leader for truth and justice. He held not only his team but also himself accountable for upholding both the law and high standards throughout his professional career. He has a genuine desire for engaging communities across differences. He is a valuable contributor within his community, always working toward the common good.
Chief Knight is nationally recognized as an expert in the areas of police officer accountability, community policing and establishing relationships and partnerships with a great level of trust. Chief Knight is skilled at being self-aware. He is very good at resolving issues as well as being open to new ideas and concepts. Because of his amazing people skills, Chief Knight is a very sought after expert. He is known both at the local, state and national levels of law enforcement. His expertise has been utilize throughout the United States for providing numerous presentations to law enforcement, correctional professionals, academic institutions as well as families and community members.
It is an honor to work with such an esteem leader within our communities. Chief Knight is not only a wonderful leader but also a trusted friend. He is truly an exemplary trans-formative leader within his community and profession.
Hedy Lemar Walls, EDd
Chief Social Responsibility Officer
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Scott Knight’s expertise from years in law enforcement and ability to see our organization’s needs, and understand our limitations, helped us craft and improve our planning, budgeting and on-site security.
Basilica of St. Mary
Letter of Recommendation for Scott Knight:
Scott Knight has served the Chaska Community through its Police Department with great skill, energy and ethics for decades. It doesn’t seem possible it’s been that long. His ongoing energy, plus the willingness to explore fresh ideas, approaches, and methods have kept him youthful in attitude and demeanor. He’s been active beyond the traditional lines for a police chief much to the communities’ benefit.
Scott is a valued member and speaker for the community, in many areas, but especially safety and justice. He has convened groups in important areas affecting communities that I’m aware of, and I’m sure, many I do not. He’s a pleasant, modest man with a self deprecating sense of humor that wears well in most any situation. I met him originally while serving in a good government group. When I asked him to speak regarding children and juvenile justice, he immediately agreed after listening to what was needed.
Scott is a capable and interesting speaker. I know he has also addressed issues of diversity, homelessness, causes and consequences of community justice and safety. He’s widely seen as trustworthy and fair, by staff and community alike, as he pulls people together for civil, respectful interactions. In my observation, I see he is not only action oriented but also a good listener who plans and acts respectfully whether he agrees or not.
I understand that he has also used those tools and skills for the benefit of this nation. Although he has never mentioned it, I understand he is FBI trained and served on the National Police Chiefs Advisory Group under an earlier presidential administration.
I am happy to be contacted if there are further questions that I can clarify from my knowledge.
Sharon L. Moeller
1110 Yellow Brick Road
Chaska, Mn 55318
I have the pleasure to recommend Scott Knight to you for your security consulting needs. Professionally, I worked with Mr. Knight at the City of Chaska where I served as City Manager for 25 years. During that period Scott moved up from patrol officer to Deputy Police Chief and ultimately as Chief of Police in 2000. My decision to appoint him as Chief was easy as he not only is a dedicated law enforcement professional, but also a respected community leader and visionary. Chaska stated mission was to be the “best small town in Minnesota” and Chief Knight contributed significantly to that goal. The concepts of community policing and empowering professional officers to serve the total community were a hallmark of his leadership.
During his tenure the City hosted the Men’s US Open, two PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup that created unique policing and security issues for a small town of 25,000. As a direct result of his expertise, these international events came off seamlessly. In recognition of his efforts, he has been and continues to be called upon for advice from much larger communities dealing with similar security issues.
While employed he was well connected to and respected by other law enforcement agencies and was active in State and national professional associations. For his service Chief Knight received both national and state honors, but most importantly was the recognition he continues to receive from the local community.
Personally, I can attest to the fact that Scott is a person of high ethical standards who can be trusted to complete the most difficult and challenging tasks. I would highly recommend his services to any organization or individual.
If you need additional information please contact me at your convenience.
Community Asset Development Group
Retired City Manager, Chaska MN
When Scott asked me to write an endorsement of his capabilities, it was one of the easier requests to fill that I have ever been asked to do.
I have had the pleasure of working with Scott directly on three occasions. It started with the 2002 PGA Championship, held at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, and it was a natural transition when the 2009 PGA Championship returned to HNGC and our community.
And, of course, the “Granddaddy” of them all – the 2016 Ryder Cup – when he served again as the Chair of the committee overseeing policing, security, emergency response and traffic both on-and-off site.
In order to successfully deliver one of the most organized and safest events for all involved, it took a highly organized leader of a multifaceted team. Under his leadership, Scott developed a plan and executed it perfectly. While he made it look easy, it required commitment, connections, cooperation, and coordination on several fronts.
HNGC PGA Championship Executive Committee 2002
HNGC PGA Championship General Chair 2009
HNGC PGA Ryder Cup Executive Committee 2016
Entegris, Inc. CEO (Retired)
I first remember getting to know Scott Knight professionally in the early 1990’s and more so, over the last 20 years during his tenure as the Chaska Chief of Police. Throughout that time, I have had the opportunity to coordinate with Chief Knight on a number of very high profile national and international golf events. These nine golf tournaments (including the 2002 & 2009 PGA Championships, the 2016 Ryder Cup, and the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship) require years of preparation as the needs are defined in the planning phases and readdressed throughout. Again and again, I have been impressed and reassured by his ability to formulate, organize, direct, and coordinate the many many security and safety processes and procedural plans required. I remain in awe of the recognition and respect he garners from local, county, state, national, and international safety and security entities. As do I, those agency professionals trust his preparedness for the known needs and, perhaps more importantly, trust his experienced insight into the potential unknown and unpredictable issues that may arise.
I would best describe Scott Knight as an understated gentleman and a consummate professional. He is a warm and engaging family man who brings his love of people, passion for life, and extraordinary wealth of security and safety experience to every challenge he is called to address. On a personal note, when I most needed a trusted confidant within his field of expertise, Scott Knight willingly listened, thoughtfully and compassionately advised, researched, and followed up to ensure both my safety and my peace of mind. Though it may sound cliche, I would (and do) trust him with my life.
Respectfully and in gratitude,
Hazeltine National Golf Club PGA Championship(s) Executive Committee
I worked with Scott on the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. As the Chief of Police for the City of Chaska, Scott served as the commander for our Law Enforcement needs, traffic planning and Emergency Operations. The Ryder Cup drew nearly 300,000 attendees for the 6-day event. It is one of the largest sporting events in the world. The planning process took well over two years. The execution of the plan took hundreds of law enforcement personnel from varying agencies, all under the direction of Scott.
He was instrumental in building a team that included leaders from other law enforcement agencies that supported and protected the Ryder Cup. We were ready for everything, thanks to Scott! I can proudly say that it was a pleasure working with Scott. His high level of organization and attention to detail was critical in building a comprehensive plan that was implemented flawlessly.
Experience means so much in the event planning world and Scott is no stranger to this, having served as a commander for many events. The Ryder Cup was undoubtedly the largest of these events and his experience and dedication to the event was instrumental to our success.
2016 Ryder Cup Director
As the Chief of Police, he was focused on, or prioritizing community policing before it became vogue. He’s always been about those relationships with community groups, with crime victims, with any kind of stakeholders.
His community service and community policing are first and foremost. Others talk the talk, but Scott Knight always walks the walk.
Being a chief is a high stress job. It’s a lifestyle. It takes a toll on people. One reason he had a long career was he was very good at and loved his job. He was passionate about his job and passionate about helping people.
Executive Director; Minnesota
Chiefs of Police Association
I had the opportunity to work with Chief Knight, during his time as a member of the Chaska Police Department and eventually in his role as chief of the department. I served as Mayor of Chaska for 18 years, so I had the opportunity to interact and see up close the approach and priorities of Chief Knight, as he provided leadership to the department.
I have seen the dedication and commitment that Scott brought to his roles within the department. He was a leader that was proud of the department and instilled pride in what the department stood for and represented. He had a vision for and led the department to become a professional department that served the Chaska community and earned the respect and support of our community.
Scott also brought a keen understanding of Community Policing and ensured that the department served every person and brought down barriers to ensure that policing was seen as a partner, as a service that was welcoming and supportive of every person, no matter the ethnic or cultural background. Scott understands what community means and positioned the police department to be an active and respected member of the community. Scott brought innovative approaches to serve the needs of our most disadvantaged community members. He ensured the department was proactive in reaching out to the underserved. In his role as Chief, Scott has been an active and effective communicator to the community on the key issues of the policing service. It’s a strength that reflects the passion that Chief Knight brings to his role.
Scott also served on various committees across the State of Minnesota and was active in some National efforts to address community safety and security issues. He was and is a respected voice in his knowledge of and approach to addressing these issues. He was invited to participate in discussions in Washington, DC to bring his knowledge and experience to these discussions.
I have the highest regard for Chief Knight’s knowledge and experience in the work of community safety and security and always looked forward to the opportunities to engage with, and collaborate with, the Chief to achieve results that would serve and meet the needs of the community.
Former Chaska Mayor
Chief Scott Knight is experienced, knowledgeable, and ethical. He is a subject matter expert with security, law enforcement, and engagement with minority communities. He has testified in front of the United States Congress and around the country on a number of issues. I worked closely and collaboratively with him when I was Sheriff and he was the Chief Of Police of the largest city in the county.
I was especially impressed with the security plans that he put together for golf tournaments within his city. The term golf tournaments really doesn’t do it justice though. He put together security plans for the biggest golf tournaments in the world. The crown jewel for that was the Ryder Cup. Not only was it a huge success, but for the first time ever in this country they made the decision to return to the same course again. A big part of that was the safety, security, traffic, and parking plan that Scott put together to help make the event as successful as it was.
He has worked with all of the federal, state, and local partners and built good relationships with them. He has also built wonderful relationships with minority communities and was even able to get Mexican Consulate services in his city. If there is one thing I can say about Scott it is that he will give you his best, every time.
I highly recommend Chief Scott Knight
Sheriff Jim Olson (Retired)