Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the Oath of Office to Johnny Johnson, who will serve as the Commander for the Bureau of Community Policing for the Cleveland Division of Police.
Commander Johnson was appointed to the Division of Police on June 5, 1995 and has most recent served as a Captain of Police since June 29, 2015.
As Commander for the Bureau of Community Policing, Commander Johnson will oversee the operations of the Division’s Community Policing Bureau and ensure that the Bureau’s activities align with Consent Decree mandates.
As stated in the Consent Decree, this will include working towards “develop[ing] and implement[ing] a comprehensive and integrated community and problem-oriented policing model in order to promote and strengthen partnerships within the community, engage constructively with the community to ensure collaborative problem-solving, and increase community confidence in CDP.”
During the swearing-in ceremony, Chief of Police Calvin Williams offered a few remarks: “We cannot be successful as a Division until we get community policing right,” said Chief Williams. “We are in the process of revamping the way we do buCommunity sinesses in the Division of Police and Commander Johnson will be an asset in that process and as we continue to move forward.”
“My top priority will be to ensure that every officer in the Division of Police has the concept of community policing engraved in their DNA,” said Commander Johnson. “I am excited to begin this new role and face whatever challenges may lie ahead.”