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Hopkins, MN – Former Hopkins Police Captain Brent Johnson was sworn in as Hopkins Chief of Police at the Oct. 18 City Council Meeting. Johnson takes the place of Chief Mike Reynolds, who retired from law enforcement Oct. 14.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to further our community building and outreach efforts so all citizens can feel safe and welcome in our community,” said Johnson at the swearing in ceremony. “Transparency, trust and partnerships will be my goal as your police chief.”
Hopkins City Manager Mike Mornson announced Johnson’s appointment to chief Sept. 21.
“The more I looked into him, the more excited I got about him, because he’s got an impressive background,” said Mornson on Tuesday. “I am confident in Brent’s ability and believe that he will be the leader we need during this challenging time in law enforcement.”
Chief Johnson has been with the Hopkins Police Department for 18 years and served as police captain for the last five years. Prior to serving as police captain, Johnson served as a patrol officer, detective, narcotics investigator and a patrol sergeant for the city. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Metropolitan State University and a master’s degree in police leadership, education and administration from the University of St. Thomas. He also completed Police Staff and Command School with Northwestern University, and has received numerous awards and accolades.
Read Johnson’s full speech from the swearing in ceremony below.
“I want to begin by thanking the mayor, city council and city manager for this opportunity to serve the City of Hopkins as the next police chief. I want to assure you that we will continue to further our community by building and outreach efforts so all citizens can feel safe and welcome in our community.
We will continue to prevent and reduce crime in our community by using intelligence led policing methods and crime mapping software to deploy our resources strategically. We will simultaneously build upon our youth initiatives so we can create positive and influential impacts on our next generations. This is ultimately the number one crime prevention strategy.
I want to thank members of the Hopkins Police Department and the City that I have served with over the past 18 years. We have learned from each other and will continue to turn each and every day into an opportunity for enhanced public service.
We cannot control what is in the media or the current view some have about law enforcement. What we can control are the services we provide to our community by continuing to hire and train the most qualified professionals to represent our police department. We will continue to reevaluate our training methods and strategies while we continue to follow our strategic plan, following many of the recommendations from the 21st century policing task force report. We will continue to educate the public through various events and forums, along with social media outlets. Transparency, trust and partnerships will be my goal as your police chief.
Lastly, I want to thank my friends, coworkers and family who have supported me on my career path as I take on this new position as your police chief.”