Meet BPD's New Refugee Liaison Officer: Jessica Perkins

Boise Police Chief William Bones is happy to announce that Officer Jessica Knarr (formerly Perkins) is taking over as the newest refugee liaison officer for the City of Boise, replacing former Liaison Officer Dustin Robinson. Officer Robinson has applied for and been assigned to the Boise Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit. We are grateful for the amazing work that Officer Robinson did during his time as the Refugee Liaison Officer and look forward to seeing him excel in his new position as well.

Officer Knarr comes to the refugee liaison position after spending the first five years of her police career as a patrol officer.  She applied for the position in the Fall of 2018 and spent three months working with Officer Robinson building the necessary relationships and knowledge of the position to ensure a seamless transition.  

Our refugee population makes up an exciting and diverse part of our community and Officer Knarr's engaging personality as well as her dedication to helping others makes her an ideal fit.
Chief Bones

About Officer Knarr

Officer Jessica Knarr has served as a police officer for the Boise Police Department since 2014. Officer Knarr started her career in patrol. She has worked on many different shifts and patrol teams throughout the city, including the late night downtown Micro District Team.  She now serves in the Community Outreach Division as the refugee liaison in the Neighborhood Contact Officer Unit. Officer Knarr says that what she enjoys most about police work is the opportunity to challenge oneself on a daily basis.

“Police work, at its core, is about problem solving,” she says. “The work is varied, and helping solve individual and community problems in an effort to make Boise safer every day is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity.”

Officer Knarr also currently serves as the Vice President of the Boise Police Activities League. The non-profit organization facilitates events and activities where local youth have the opportunity to interact with police officers in a very positive way. She has been an integral part of Boise PAL for the past three years, helping to support historical programs such as “PAL Boxing” and “Hook a Kid on Golf.”  She has also helped to create new opportunities such as Ninja Warrior classes and paddle boarding excursions. 

Officer Knarr grew up in rural Southern Nevada and enjoyed a childhood spent in the outdoors on her family ranch.  While in high school she learned how to blacksmith and has been a farrier (putting horseshoes on horses) since then.  The strong sense of community and amazing people in the Boise area immediately drew her in when she moved to the area 10 years ago. On her time off she enjoys running with her dog on foothills trails or on the Boise Greenbelt. Officer Knarr also regularly competes in powerlifting competitions and sprint triathlons.

“We have such a fantastic lifestyle here in Boise, with the nicest people you’ll probably ever meet.  To have the opportunity to help welcome our newest community members to Boise and make sure they have the resources they need to thrive and become a part of that lifestyle, that is something I am very excited to do.”

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