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 70% of the department's 1423 sworn officers are assigned. The Field Operations Bureau consists of all eight of the department's precincts along with the Special Operations Division and has an annual operating budget of over $108 million dollars.
Prior to his current assignment, Brian was selected to become the Commander of the newly established 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.
For 10 years he worked his way up through the ranks of the S.W.A.T. team before ultimately being promoted to lieutenant and being named the S.W.A.T./Negotiations unit Field Commander. Brian also has experience as a Precinct 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 is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, has completed the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organizations training program, and was 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 Governing 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: International Association of Chiefs of Police, Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, Leadership Nashville Alumni, Fraternal Order of Police, Madison-Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce, and Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society.