Darien Police Patrol Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson won’t be on duty at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 4, whatever shift he’s on. Instead, he’ll be about to deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Western Research Day conference at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. And they’ll be addressing him as “Dr. Johnson” because he is one. Johnson, who received his Ph.D. in 2015, is described in the online conference materials as being “employed at the University of New Haven, where he is an appointed practitioner in residence at the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice.
Darien Police Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson, Ph.D., is one of 11 law enforcement professionals nationwide to be selected for participation in the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program.
— an announcement (slightly edited) from Darien Police Department
In a notification letter, Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director of the NIJ, said Johnson’s selection was in “recognition of Sgt. Johnson’s ability to effectively infuse research into policy development within the Darien Police Department …”
The LEADS program carries a goal of “identifying and developing the next generation of law enforcement leadership, and encouraging the use of evidence-based research to advance criminal justice throughout the nation.”
Johnson will travel to San Diego, California in October to participate in round-table discussions including the International Association of Police Chiefs Research and Advisory Committee and the NIJ’s research track “What Works and What Matters in Policing.” “This is not only an extraordinary honor for Sgt. Johnson and the Darien Police Department but also a tremendous opportunity for Sgt. Johnson to bring back to Darien recommendations and new ideas in furtherance of excellence,” Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello said.