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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Media Advisory: Naming the Chief Joseph S. Johnson Police Station in Annapolis

Office of Mayor Gavin Buckley


City of Annapolis
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Annapolis, Maryland 21401

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Naming the Chief Joseph S. Johnson
Police Station in Annapolis

Naming of the Chief Joseph S. Johnson Police Station in Annapolis Reception Afterwards at Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis

February 27, 2020 at 3 p.m., Annapolis Police Station
(Ribbon Cutting of New Signage, 199 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis)
February 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Banneker-Douglass Museum
(Reception, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis)

Join speakers including Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Adrienne Jones, Alderman Fred Paone, Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell Charles, Rev. Dr. Tamara England Wilson (Chair of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture), Chanel Compton (Director of the Banneker Douglass Museum) and more.

Annapolis is celebrating retired Annapolis Police Chief Joseph S. Johnson, the first African American Police Chief in the City’s history. Chief Johnson served from 1994 to 2008. Johnson grew up in Annapolis, was an Army veteran and began his career with the Baltimore Police Department in 1968, working his way up through the ranks to Colonel. He retired from BPD in 1991 and came to Annapolis as the Assistant Chief of Police. He was elevated to chief in 1994. He is credited with easing racial tensions and boosting morale. He brought stability and professionalism to the department by overseeing upgrades to the communications of patrol officers and increasing the number of female and minority officers on the force (among other accomplishments).


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