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Deputy Chief Brian Johnson

Deputy Chief of Police Brian Johnson joined the Metro-Nashville Police Dept. in 1993. He currently commands the Field Operations Bureau to which approximately 76% of the department’s 1440 sworn officers are assigned. The Field Operations Bureau, which has an annual operating budget of over $151.4 million dollars, consists of eight full-service Precincts, the Special Operations Division and the Custom Services Division.

Prior to his current assignment, Brian was the Commander of the Madison Precinct where, with outstanding support from the community, he and his team were able to complete the first year of operation with an overall crime reduction of -9.1%. Brian has served as the Captain of the Special Operations Division overseeing the Aviation, K-9, Hazardous Device, Traffic, SWAT/Negotiations, Urban Search and Rescue, Drill and Ceremony, and Emergency Contingency planning units. He also served as the Executive Officer of the Field Operations Bureau.

Brian also has held the position of S.W.A.T./Negotiations Unit Field Commander, Detective Lieutenant, Patrol Sergeant, Domestic Violence Detective, and Field Training Officer.

Brian holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Southern University, a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. Brian has completed the Major Cities Chiefs Association-Police Executive Leadership Institute and is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum -Senior Management Institute for Police, FBI National Academy, and International Association of Chiefs of Police - Leadership in Police Organizations training programs. He was also a member of the Leadership Nashville class of 2012-2013.

Prior to joining the police department Brian served over 9 years in the US Army and Army Reserve and is a decorated veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm/Desert Calm.

Brian serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for NeedLink Nashville and is also an adjunct faculty member for a local university.

Brian is a member of the following associations: Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, Leadership Nashville Alumni Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Madison-Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce, and Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society.