Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps presented East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux with a Distinguished Service Medal today following a hiring and promotions ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office downtown.
“I’m extremely humbled by this great honor,” Sheriff Gautreaux said. “I was blessed to serve in such a capacity for the city of Baker, and now I’m blessed to be a public servant for the entire parish.”
Chief Knaps presented the medal, awarded to a member of the police department who provides “exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility,” to Sheriff Gautreaux for his 27 years at the department.
“Sheriff Gautreaux brought a small-city department to a big-city standard,” Chief Knaps said. “He upgraded obsolete equipment with modern equipment and increased our manpower to meet modern standards. He was very conscious of training and continuing education for our officers, and I still use many of his methodologies today.”
Chief Knaps served as Gautreaux’s Administrative Captain and Assistant Chief for the last eight years as Baker Chief of Police. Gautreaux served as Baker Police Chief from 1980 until 2007 when he resigned to run for Sheriff.