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MBPD Chief Johnson Honored

Mar 11, 2024 09:39PM ● By Mb News Staff

Photo credit: Manhattan Beach Police Department

Manhattan Beach Police Chief Johnson has been honored as a recipient of the Law Enforcement Achievers Award by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

Johnson was one of four honorees at last week's annual awards dinner, held in Long Beach. 

NOBLE honors African American members of law enforcement and community leaders who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in their work and who have dedicated their personal and professional time to giving back to the community. Johnson was recognized for her years of law enforcement experience and her record of exemplary service.

Johnson was named chief of the Manhattan Beach Police Department in July 2022. She is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served from 1997 to 2001 as an Air Control Electronics Operator. During her military service, she was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. 

Johnson began her career in law enforcement in 2001 at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department before moving to the Newport Beach Police Department in 2005. There, she served as a field training officer and then as sergeant, supervising the traffic division, special events, and major accident investigations. In 2017, she promoted to lieutenant, overseeing jail operations, the mounted unit, and the explorer program. 

From 2020-2022, Johnson served as a police captain for the Laguna Beach Police Department, overseeing both the support and investigative services and field services divisions. She was also assigned to oversee the City’s COVID-19 response in the Emergency Operations Center during the height of the pandemic. 

She was awarded the Lifesaving Medal in 2014 for conducting CPR on a person who crashed his car following a heart attack. In addition, she is a graduate of Sherman Block Leadership Institute, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), and the California POST Executive Development Course. She has associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees with areas of study in Management and Administration of Justice. 

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