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Darien Police Sergeant Selected For Prestigious National Police Program

Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Ph.D., has been selected for participation in the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science program.
Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Ph.D., has been selected for participation in the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science program. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

DARIEN, Conn. — Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson is one of 11 law enforcement professionals nationwide who has been selected to take part in the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science program.

Johnson’s selection was in “recognition of Sgt. Johnson’s ability to effectively infuse research into policy development within the Darien Police Department,” said a letter from Nancy Rodriguez, director of the NIJ.

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, who has a doctorate in criminal justice, will travel to San Diego 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. "I am very proud of Sgt. Johnson’s accomplishments here.”

A 14-year veteran of the Darien Police Department, Johnson is also a U.S. Army Reserve veteran.

Johnson, currently assigned to the Patrol Division, was previously assigned to the Detective Division and also served as an acting lieutenant in the Patrol Division.

He received his bachelor's in sociology from Geneva College; a master's in justice administration from Western Connecticut State College; a master's in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and a doctorate in criminal justice from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

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