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Police Department

Deputy Chief Brian Johnson

Deputy Chief of Police Brian Johnson joined the Metro-Nashville Police Dept. in 1993. He currently commands the Community Services Bureau to which approximately 72% of the department’s 1510 sworn officers are assigned. The Community Services Bureau, which has an annual operating budget of over $94.8 million dollars, consists of all eight full-service Precincts. Brian is currently involved with planning a new ninth precinct. Prior to the creation of the Community Services Bureau in July 2017, Brian led the former Field Operations Bureau which consisted of the eight full service precincts, the Special Operations Division, and the Custom Services Division.

Deputy Chief Johnson is committed to keeping his bureau’s focus on the victims of crime and believes by building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with all segments of the community, a reduction in crime victims can be achieved.

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 remarkable 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 (MBA) 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 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 has served on the Board of Directors for NeedLink Nashville and the Madison-Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce.

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.